Gary graduated from a small school, Spotswood High School, where he teaches today. He and his high school group of friends have remained close, and every year the McPartlands throw a wonderful Christmas party that gathers their old high school gang together. This year, the party was held at the Laurita Winery in New Egypt, NJ. (Yup - New Jersey has wineries too! In fact, according to a NYT article, NJ produces 412,000 cases of wine a year.)
The winery was enchanting, and had a wonderful private space upstairs for our gathering. Gary and I have already begun planning a return visit, to sit by the grand fireplace, sip wine, and chat the night away. The Laurita Winery is truly a little gem in Jersey.
NY Times Article on the Laurita Winery
“France was the renowned wine capital of the world,” Mr. Johnson said. “And then they started to do some good stuff in California. Then California took off. Long Island’s doing the same thing, and New Jersey will follow.” - Owner of Laurita Winery