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Great wines by the sip at Spring Wine Festival

The New Jersey Spring Wine Festival was held on Friday, May 9 at the Short Hills Hilton, and it's an event that Manhattanites might want to cross the river for next time.

The wines were all available at the Wine Library, a premier wine shop with wide ranging selections, particularly of European wines. The spring tasting was in a main ballroom and another tented room. The wines included Italian Barolos, French Cotes du Rhones, and Spanish Albarinos. However, two tables stood out to me. The Aidil Wines table had a broad assortment of Portuguese wines, including the amazing value Donna Ermelinda Red reserva 2010, which is available in New York City at Blue Angel Wines for $17.99.

The second stand-out table featured the always-tasty wines from Dr. Konstantin Frank. The full line was satisfying, from the Dry Riesling, to the Pinot Gris, to a light-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Dr. Frank was a winemaking pioneer in New York's Finger Lakes area, a tradition now carried on by four generations of his family. The wines are available throughout Manhattan, including at Beacon Wines.