LINDEN, New Jersey (WABC) — A brutal attack at a liquor store in New Jersey was caught on camera and police have released video of the suspect they are looking for.
The attack happened at Beno’s Liquor store on North Wood Avenue in Linden on November 30.
The suspect apparently did not have enough money when buying liquor and started hurling large bottles of wine at three clerks.
Two workers suffered injuries and the attack caused $3,000 worth of damage.
The man walked out with several bottles of alcohol he was after, authorities said.
Police posted video of the incident on their social media looking for help identifying the man.
The clerk who was attacked was not comfortable speaking on camera. But a regular customer said it is a quiet downtown, and things like this normally don’t happen.
“It’s probably obvious that he has some sort of mental health issues. I don’t want to speculate, but that seems to be what occurred,” Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said.
Armstead went to the store to spend time with the clerk, who told him there had been concerns.
“They did mention that lately they’ve had a few situations inside the store,” Armstead said.
The store is in a popular and busy shopping stretch just a few hundred feet away from the trains.
Armstead said crime is not out of hand in Linden, though it has its share, but they are adding more protection to hopefully prevent issues.
“Going forward we’ll make sure we have a bigger police presence on Wood Avenue, in fact what we’re doing with our our rookie police officers, we’re having them walk the beat here to increase the police presence on Wood Avenue,” Armstead said.
Break out the wine glasses, from Oct 9-15, we’re celebrating Drink Local Wine Week with some of our favorite New Jersey wines.
The Garden State is home to more than 60 wineries and vineyards in four distinct viticultural areas, which is “a fancy way to talk about dirt,” according to Devon Perry, a representative from the Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA). The four American Viticultural Areas (AVA) are the Warren Hills AVA, the Cape May Peninsula AVA, the Central Delaware Valley AVA and the Outer Coastal Plain AVA.
Within these areas, there are also six wine trails to follow. Perry suggests visitors use the GSWGA Passport to New Jersey app to “explore the wineries at your front door.” The app helps create an itinerary to help you discover some of the best wines New Jersey has to offer.
Here are some ideas on how one can celebrate New Jersey wine every day of Drink Local Wine Week:
Celebrate Drink Local Wine Week with some of your favorite New Jersey wines. Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Sunday, Oct. 9:
Warren Hills, Vintage North Wine Trail
Start the week off strong with a scenic train ride along the Delaware River to Villa Milagro Vineyards. Board a steam engine train at the Lehigh Junction Station, where you’ll learn about the railroad from a guide. Once you arrive at the vineyards, enjoy an informative tour that teaches how the wines are made. End the day sampling some of the wines paired with hors d’oeuvres. Then it’s all-aboard the train, which will take passengers past Ol’ Susquehanna Mine. Stop an enjoy the picnic area, or head back to the station. Purchase tickets here.
Monday, Oct. 10:
Outer Coastal Plains, Monmouth-Ocean County Wine Trail
For the chocoholics out there, Fox Hollow Vineyards in Holmdel offers a Flavors of Rosé Chocolate and Wine Pairing tasting. The vineyard is open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the tasting room closes an hour before the vineyard. They do not take reservations, so make sure to get there early.
Next stop is Cream Ridge Winery! Reservations are not necessary for groups smaller than six, but make sure to bring chairs since there is only outdoor seating. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, try the JerseyBerry Wine – a blend between cranberry and Chardonnay.
Tuesday, Oct. 11:
Cape May Peninsula, Cape May Wine Trail
The Cape May Winery & Vineyard is open from noon to 5 p.m. Here, you and your friends can enjoy wine by the bottle, featured wines by the glass, a wine flight, or a one-liter carafe alongside tapas from the kitchen. Indoor seating is available for groups of six or less on a first-come, first-serve basis. Groups of seven or more can book a large-group table here.
Bring your friends to explore the world of New Jersey wines. Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Wednesday, Oct. 12:
Outer Coastal Plains, Wine and Ale Trail of South Jersey
If you like fruit wine, Monroeville Vineyard and Winery is the place for you. Open from noon to 7 p.m., try out the Cherry, Asian Pear, or Sweet Plum wines. Make a reservation here.
Thursday is Open Mic Night at Auburn Road Vineyards. Visit the Vineyard Stage at the Enoteca, its European-inspired wine bar, to hear live music from 7 to 9 p.m. Use the WineFinder to pick the perfect wine for you! Reserve a table here.
Friday, Oct. 14:
Outer Coastal Plains, Wine and Ale Trail of South Jersey
A 22-minute drive brings to Renault Winery & Resort. This winery is more than 150 years old, and one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the country. Enjoy dueling piano music from the Philly Keys in its tasting room from 7 to 11 p.m. Make a reservation here.
Saturday, Oct. 15:
Central Delaware Valley, Hunterdon County Wine Trail
Visit Old York Cellars to spend the afternoon relaxing in a Wine Cabana overlooking the vineyard. Cabanas seat a maximum of six people, and the reservations last two hours. Make your reservation here.
End your evening at Beneduce Vineyards for Group Therapy. Yes, you read that right Group Therapy. From 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy live music, lawn games, a local food truck, and, of course, a vast array of wines. While the event is “very therapeutic for us all, there is no ‘actual’ therapy involved” according to the website. Reservations are required, you can make one here.
Sunday, Oct. 16:
Outer Coastal Plains, Cumberland County
Sure, Drink Local Wine Week may be officially over, but you’ll need to recover after drinking your way through the state. What better way to do that than a Vineyard Vinyasa at Cedar Rose Vineyards. The hour-long class is followed by brunch and a glass of wine. Purchase tickets here.
Congratulations! If you made it through the week, you are a connoisseur of New Jersey wines. If you post any pictures, be sure to use the hashtag #CheersNJWine.
TOTOWA, N.J. — Total Wine & More has opened a 32,000-square-foot store at Totowa Square, a 258,000-square-foot retail power center in Northern New Jersey. The retailer is backfilling a space formerly occupied by Babies ‘R’ Us. Brian Katz and Amy Staats of Katz & Associates represented the landlord in the lease negotiations. Brian Schuster of Ripco Real Estate represented the tenant.
Ahhhh. Sitting on a deck in the warm sun with a gentle breeze, overlooking the rolling hills of a beautiful vineyard with a glass of locally-made wine in your hand — that’s one way to enjoy summer in New Jersey.
There are 51 wineries in New Jersey, according to the Garden State Wine Growers Association. Many of them model their wines from Italy, Greece and France. Some vineyards and farms have been passed down from generation to generation and continue to be family-owned and operated. Others are brand new to the wine industry.
Most of the vineyards (47 in 14 counties) offer wine tastings, tours, live music, special events, and more.
Balic Winery is the third oldest operating winery in New Jersey and the 259th oldest in the country. The winery is open 7 days a week, year-round (Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and (Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) Visitors can enjoy complimentary tastings and tours of the winery and vineyard. It’s a B.Y.O.F. winery. Feel free to bring your food and snacks while enjoying the wines.
Come tour the facility, explore the gift shop, and bring a picnic to enjoy. Wine tastings are by reservation only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. Choose a one-time slot. Arrive at least 45 minutes before your time slot ends to ensure you get a proper tasting experience.
Choose 8 different wines. A souvenir glass is included in the $12 price. Annual events at the winery include a summer concert series, a seafood festival, and an Italian festival.
DiMatteo Vineyards and Winery are located in a major farming area in South Jersey. The winery is open Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Wednesdays Tastings are available. Choose from red, white, and fruit wines.
This family-owned business is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Plagido Tomasello arrived from Italy in the late 1800s to become one of Hammonton’s pioneer farmers.
Wine tastings are available in Plagido’s Tuscany tasting room. Wine flights $10 (dry-sweet-combo) Wine flights 3-3oz. pours $15 Glasses of wine $8 Cheese plates $15 Limo and groups over 6 guests require a reservation.
This is New Jersey’s oldest continuously owned family winery founded in 1933. The winery owns 68 acres of vineyards situated in the Outer Coastal Plain.
The winery welcomes visitors to its tasting rooms located at the Hammonton site, and at its Tomasello Outlets at Smithville, Village Greene, Lambertville, Wemrock Orchards in Freehold, Alstede Farms in Chester, Abmas Farm in Wyckoff, and at Tomasello Winery at Elena Wu in Voorhees.
It’s best to check the website for tasting room hours and times for each location.
This is New Jersey’s newest winery and vineyard, situated on a 56-acre farm. The tasting room is open Wednesday & Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Valenzano Winery is one of New Jersey’s largest wine producers. It is recognized as a top-selling brand in hundreds of restaurants and liquor stores in the state.
The winery is open Monday thru Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Wine tastings (under 6 people) start at the top of every hour and last for about 45 minutes. They are $15/per person. Choose any 8 wines of your tasting. Wine tastings also include a complimentary cheese plate. Tastings can only be booked 30 days in advance.
Large Wine Tastings (6-14 people) start at the top of every hour and last about 45 minutes, as well. The cost is $15 per person. Your party will receive 8 wines chosen by the Winetender. These tastings also include a small complimentary cheese plate.
Large Party Wine Tasting (over 14 people). Please contact the winery for availability. But they are not available on Saturdays or Sundays. The price is also $15 per person. Reservations are non-refundable. Make sure of the party size and exact time of intended arrival before making a reservation.
Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., this winery is the perfect setting that provides a taste of Italy. This unique area of New Jersey creates a “micro-mini climate” that extends the grape growing season.
The vineyard’s award-winning Merlot won the Bronze medal in the NJ State competition, and its Cabernet Sauvignon won the silver medal.
Try a “signature spiral.” For $25, choose five wines from four different curated options or select your own. Upgrade the spiral to include a featured pairing for only $10 more. Reservations required.
Natali Vineyards is one of the seven Cape May vineyards.
Open daily. Tastings are available but no food is allowed inside the tasting room. There are tables and chairs on the patio for anyone who would like to bring a picnic lunch. For tasting room hours, check the website.
This 12,000-square-foot post-beam-style winery is located on a 50-acre farm vineyard. It’s open all year round for educational vineyard tours, wine tastings, wine by the glass or bottle, private wine paired events, and purchases.
The winery opens at noon daily.
Group tastings are $25 per person. Enjoy small samplings of 3 different released wines. During this 30-minute tasting, you’ll learn about wines, the vines, and the winemaking process.
Table flights feature three 3-oz pours delivered by a server directly to your table in a stylish tasting tree.
The vineyard tour is $25. Enjoy a 45-minute long tour on an eco-friendly electric cart as a guide takes you through the farm and vineyard. You’ll learn about the history and the 13 varieties of grapes that are grown and used to make the wines.
Tours run daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. weather permitting. Reservations are strongly suggested.
Just like in the name, all of the grapevines enjoy a view of the lake. Guests may choose to pack a lunch and enjoy an afternoon overlooking the lakes and vineyards.
Wine tastings are offered Wed. thru Sun (closed Mon and Tues)
There are five categories of wine flights to choose from. You’ll get a sample of each wine plus a souvenir glass. Choose any 6 wines from a full list for $12.
Walk-ins are welcome Wed. and Thurs. Reservations are required Fri. Sat. and Sun. Dogs are welcome. Feel free to bring your food or buy from the food truck when it’s on-site (Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays).
This Greek and Italian-owned winery and vineyard was established in 2014 and opened in 2019.
The winery is open for tastings Thursdays – Sundays (Closed Mon-Wed).
Tastings $8/pp for 5 tastings $10/pp with a souvenir glass
Choose from one of four pre-selected flights. Wine flights consist of three 2 oz. pours and port flights consist of two 1oz pours.
White, sweet, sangria, and port flight with truffles $8 plus tax Red flight (dry) $10 plus tax Reserve flight (dry) for $12 plus tax
Tractor Rides – Available Friday-Sundays by reservation only. Cost is $30/person for 4-8 guests and $40/person for 9+ guests. Take a tractor ride through the vineyards and learn about growing and harvesting grapes. Venture into the winery and see the winemaking process. Then enjoy a glass of wine of your choice and take home a souvenir glass.
This 150-acre estate is situated just minutes from the Jersey Shore and Philadelphia. It’s a family-run winery and vineyard, named “Winery of the Year 2011 and 2014” in New Jersey’s Annual Wine Competition.
The tasting room is open every day for wine tasting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Choose from 18 different wines that range from dry to sweet.
Terhune Orchards is owned and operated by the Mounty family who bought the property in 1975 and has expanded to now farming 200 acres.
The wine tasting rope opened in 2010 in a 150-year-old barn. It’s open all year round on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wine tasting flights are $12/person which includes four, 2-oz ours.
Choose from a variety of red and white wines made from grapes grown on the farm, as well as three varieties of fruit wines made from the farm’s own apple cider.
Light fare including chips and salsa baskets and cheese plates are available.
Enjoy the farm market full of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as pick-your-own crops, farm animals, festivals, and educational programs.
The 14 acres of the vineyard are open 7 days a week. No reservations are needed for tastings.
Cream Ridge won New Jersey’s first Winery of the Year Award in 2005 and it won the Governor’s Cup (the highest-rated wine award in the state) for its Cherry Wine (Cliliegia Amabile), 6 different times.
Located on 94 acres, Fox Hollow is owned and operated by the Casola family, 6th generation farmers.
This is a true farm family because different members of the family do everything themselves from planting, hoeing, mowing, pruning, thinning, and operating all the equipment needed in the grape cultivation process.
Tastings are offered daily during regular business hours. No reservations are required. Operating hours vary seasonally.
John and Debra Basile purchased the farm in 2009 to start their winery. John is a 4th generation winemaker and is a scientist by trade. Debra has a degree in agricultural economics and environmental science.
The winery is open year-round Thurs thru Sun only.
The tasting room is open for indoor seating, wine purchases, wine by the glass, or curbside pickup. Groups larger than 6 guests must have a reservation
Leashed, well-behaved, and non-aggressive dog breeds are permitted outside.
Enjoy a glass of wine on the 104-foot-long covered porch overlooking the vineyard and the Delaware Water Gap.
Wine tastings and sales are available Mon-Sun; noon till 5 p.m.
The winery offers traditional wines along with its customer fan favorite: Cranberry Wine, made from 100% fresh NJ cranberries.
Guided popular wine tasting is not available on Saturdays and Sundays. The cost is $15/per person. It includes a guided indoor tableside tasting of 12 wines. Tasters get to keep the Popular Wine Tasting stemmed glass, which has the winery’s logo etched on each them. These glasses provide all those who have them, with FREE wine tastings for life, as long as they bring their glass back with them on future tastings.
Live music is offered on Saturdays and Sundays between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Groups are encouraged to bring food with them.
This vineyard uses organic and sustainable practices. Villa Milagro Vineyards provide a habitat for native species of birds, plants, and wildlife, as well as wine grapes.
Located along the Delaware River, its beautiful views have earned the vineyard its nickname, “House of Miracles.”
Tastings are by appointment only Tuesday – Friday. The winery is also open for tastings on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Feel free to taste wines, take a cooking or wine tasting class, hike the natural preserves and bird sanctuaries, and catch butterflies.
So, why not grab your significant other or a group of friends and explore the many wineries this summer around New Jersey. Who knows? You may discover a hidden treasure that you’ll continue to visit or stumble upon a unique grape blend that will soon become your favorite go-to vino.