Whenever people ask me how I first became interested in wine, my answer is simple – it is all Balic’s fault. For years, I drove past Balic Winery on my way to work and never once stopped to check it out. Wine just wasn’t my “thing”. Or so I thought. Then I stumbled upon their booth at the Atlantic City Wine and Food Festival and Balic’s owner, Mr. Bojan Boskovic, implored me to at least give it a try. So I did and immediately fell in love with their Cream Red, Cream White and Almanique wines. Since that fateful day, Balic has become one of my favorite wineries to visit and it is the perfect jumping off place for wine newbies.
Tastings at Balic Winery are non-condescending, unhurried, fun, educational, and most of all, FREE. With over 25 varieties of wine, you are guaranteed to find a favorite. While Balic prides itself on its European accented dry wines such as Alexander The Great, Red Velvet, Napoleon Bonaparte, etc. they have a wealth of semi-sweet and fruit wines as well. Their Pomegranate wine is not only delicious but also healthy and loaded with antioxidants. Their Blueberry, Blackberry, and Cherry wines are sweet and refreshing without being sugary. But my personal favorite is also Balic’s most unique wine – Pumpkin. Yup, you read that right, they have a wine made from pumpkins. Not only is it awesome, it has become a permanent fixture at our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables.
Balic is not just a “taste and run” winery, they implore you to spend time enjoying their beautiful grounds, whether it be lounging under the trellis on their patio or venturing out to the picnic area and gazebo. There, you will be greeted by Mariah, Balic’s friendly four-legged ambassador. Fun fact – the Golden Retriever’s countenance is embossed on every bottle of Pumpkin wine. Pack a lunch (yes, you are allowed to bring food!) and get ready to enjoy a delightful day. Balic also hosts holiday and summer events - be sure to follow them on Facebook so you don’t miss out!