By T.J. Foderaro | For Inside Jersey
on March 24, 2016
TUCKED AWAY behind a shopping center in Union County is a small, nondescript warehouse space that’s guaranteed to delight even the most jaded wine enthusiast. For this is the home of Melovino, New Jersey’s first (and, for now, only) meadery.
Mead, or honey wine, is thought to be the oldest of intoxicating beverages and almost certainly predates wine — for reasons we’ll get to shortly. There are references to mead in the Old English tale “Beowulf,” as well as “The Canterbury Tales” and Shakespeare’s plays. Who knew that mead was still being made today, let alone in New Jersey?
But that’s the least of the surprises that await customers who plunk down $10 for a tour and tasting at Melovino’s production facility, at the back of the Millburn Village Shopping Center in the Vauxhall section of Union. Where to begin?
Well, for one thing, although honey is almost pure sugar, mead can be quite dry, with a crisp finish not unlike a fine white wine. It turns out that honey is very high in natural acidity — something you don’t notice when you taste it undiluted.
The acidity, combined with a low moisture content thanks to sugar levels that can top 90 percent, is why honey is one of the few natural foods that don’t spoil, explains Melovino’s founder and chief mead-maker, Sergio Moutela.
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