Tuesday evening at Grape Finale Flemington the wonderfully talented and engaging  self proclaimed fish monger Mark Drabich of Metropolitan Seafood, rt 22 west Lebanon Boro, brought his brilliant road show to Flemington, serving a three course meal to inquiring Hunterdon Foodies.

The brainstorm of Finale’ owner Lisa van den Woldenberg, this event that happens several times a year,  highlights the manner in which the average cooking fanatic can learn about the intricacies of cooking great fish dishes

Mark walked the group through the three dishes with ease. He has a very comfortable manner that makes you believe that you can make all the offerings with simple effort.  Take a look at the menu

Monkfish Tajine with Preserved Lemon and Olives

2014 Riesling

Mediterranean Herb Crusted Red Salmon over Italian Mashed Potatoes

2015 Brunello

Prince Edward island Mussels with a Beer Buzz

2015 Naked Chardonnay

Dark Chocolate and Truffle Sampler (3)

Vintage Syrah Port

Nestled in an unassuming, gray building less than a mile from Diamond Nation and Health Quest, at 8 Bartles Corner Road in Flemington, NJ, Grape Finale provides a unique opportunity for customers to dip their hands into the magic of the winemaking experience. Winemaking is fun, delicious and affordable, and is a great social activity. Also, wine made at Grape Finale contains fewer preservatives. Since opening the doors to its astounding 6,250 sq. ft. facility in April 2011, Grape Finale has grown into a decorated winery, boasting forty-two medals and Best of Show Red awarded by the American Wine Society at New Jersey State Fair / American Wine Society Amateur Wine Competitions. Without vineyards to focus on, this crush pad facility provides all the cutting edge equipment and personalized instruction necessary for both experienced and new winemakers of all ages to successfully create their own premium vintages and participate in a hobby that keeps them returning again and again.

After stepping throught the cheerful, yellow lobby customers begin their personalized winemaking journey with the award winning Grape Finale staff and owner Lisa van den Woldenberg. For Lisa, who has been making wine for over a decade, Grape Finale is a dream come true.

Lisa graduated from the University of California at Davis, the leading enology and viticulture school in the world, with a B.S. in Biochemistry and worked on her Masters in Business Administration at California State University at Sacramento. She received her Wine Foundation Certificate and Intermediate Vinology Certificate from the Wine School of Philadelphia.

Prior to the beginning of both the spring and fall wine-making seasons free open houses are held where clients can taste wine, tour the winery, talk with winemakers and sign-up for wine-making sessions. The wine is sold in quarter barrel increments, which is equivalent to about 60 bottles of wine. Most of the wine made at Grape Finale costs between $12 -$13 per bottle. Customers are able to choose from over 25 varietals of premium red and white grapes to make traditional blends or, upon request, create their own blends. Which grapes are available will vary by season, in the spring season grapes are imported from Chile and South Africa and in the fall season grapes are imported from California, Washington, and Oregon. Customers also select what type of barrel to store their wine in for aging, American Oak, Hungarian Oak or French Oak, between regular aging or making reserve wine, and between hand bottling their wine in regular, split or magnum sized bottles. At the end of the process patrons hand label their bottles with waterproof and humidity resistant, custom labels. Clients can personalize any of the over 120 off the shelf label designs Grape Finale offers or work with one of the facility’s graphic artists to create a unique one of a kind label using personal pictures of children, pets, vacations, or family portraits. Custom labeled wines make great holiday gifts, wedding favors and can be used to commemorate achievements and special occasions.

The spacious, burgundy warehouse work floor and entertaining mezzanine space upstairs allow room for large parties of friends and family to join together for this amazing experience. Customers are encouraged to make themselves at home and can even request what type of music is played during their stay. The sessions are separated into four social events, crush, press, rack and, bottling and labeling, and last about an hour each. At the first session, clients taste their grapes and, after the crush, which is not done in I Love Lucy style but with modern technology, the grape juice. While the wine rests in the barrel it is carefully watched over and monitored on a daily basis. Customers may request a progress report or a barrel tasting at any time they wish. At the end of the 10 month season customers walk out of Grape Finale with their personally labeled, premium wine, laughing, proud and sometimes even crying.

The facility is also available as a unique location for holiday parties, special events, offsite meetings and fundraising events. Several options are available to work with any customer’s objective and budget so the event becomes exactly what the client wants and more. In the past events have been held by Johnson & Johnson, The Clinton Township Foundation for Educational Excellence, Acorn Montessori School in Lebanon, the Business Women’s Charitable Foundation, the Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee, and CUT artisan. hair. design. Additionally, Grape Finale offers various programs throughout the year, including our  Grand Samplings Events, featuring culinary creations by local Fishmonger Mark Drabich of Metropolitan Seafood. For customers looking for a non-alcoholic gift or something different, Grape Finale offers high quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar for sale in the lobby, either with Grape Finale labels or with custom labels.

At Grape Finale you will create your own wine in 4-5 hours of hands on winemaking.

The courses are broken into four sessions:

Session 1 – Crush (1 – 1 ½ hours)

Destem and crush your grapes and start primary fermentation. “Grape must” measurement and adjustments are made. White wine customers extract juice from the “must” and fill stainless steel barrels.

Session 2 – Press (1 hour)

7-14 days after primary fermentation begins, red wine customers use a wine press to extract the juices from the “must” and transfer their young wine to an oak barrel.

Session 3 – Racking (1 hour)

Learn how to rack and remove lees (sediment) from a barrel of wine. The barrel is then “topped off.”

Session 4 – Bottling & Labeling (1 hour)

Bottle your wine and decorate with your label. ENJOY!

Grape Finale winery provides a unique location for holiday and special event parties, offsite meetings, client entertainment and fundraising events.

You will enjoy unparalleled food, wine and entertainment in the quaint setting of a working winery.

Grape Finale will assist you with:


  • Food and Appetizers
    • Choose from different food themes
    • Catered event or featuring a local chef, or
    • Bring in your own homemade food

Grand Samplings Event featuring Mark Drabich of Metropolitan Seafood




  • Wine Making
  • Wine Sampling
  • Grand Samplings Event
  • Other Services
    • Audio Visual Equipment
    • Commemorative Gifts
    • Concept, Décor, and Design
    • DJ’s and Live Musicians
    • Entertainers
    • Event Planning
    • Photography/Videography
    • Rental for Parties
    • and more!

American Wine Society/New Jersey State Fair Amateur Wine Competition

2017 Medals:

Wines made using grapes from California:

2015 Zinfandel/Petite Sirah/Petit Verdot Blend: Gold medal
2015 Sauvignon Blanc: Silver medal
2015 Semi-Dry Riesling: Silver medal
2015 Albariño: Silver medal
2015 Chardonnay: Silver medal
2015 Super Tuscan: Silver medal
2015 Brunello: Silver medal
2014 Vintage Syrah Port: Silver medal
2015 Opus Blend: Silver medal
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver medal
2015 Zinfandel/Cabernet Sauvignon Blend: Silver medal
2014 Reserve Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver medal
2014 Reserve Wooden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver medal
2015 Riesling (Dry): Bronze medal
2015 Pinot Grigio: Bronze medal
2015 Pinot Noir: Bronze medal
2015 Super Tuscan: Bronze medal
2015 Petite Sirah Blend: Bronze medal

2015 Prisoner Blend: Bronze medal
2015 Chateauneuf du Pape: Bronze medal
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Blend: Bronze medal

Wines made using grapes from South Africa:

2015 Pinotage: Silver medal

Wines made using grapes from Chile:

2014 Reserve Bordeaux Blend: Double Gold medal
2015 Chardonnay: Silver medal
2015 Syrah: Silver medal
2015 Malbec: Silver medal
2015 Bordeaux Blend: Silver medal
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver medal
2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Blend: Silver medal        2015 Pinot Gris: Bronze medal
2015 Pinot Noir: Bronze medal
2014 Reserve Malbec: Bronze medal
2015 Sauvignon Blanc: Bronze medal
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Blend: Bronze medal

Exclusive Winemaker Event: Wine and Chocolate Pairing, November 17, 2017, 7:30 pm 0

Carol’s Creative Chocolatez 24 Division Street Somerville, NJ 08876 🕔November 17, 2017, 19:30

If you’ve made wine at Grape Finale you are invited to an exclusive wine and chocolate pairing event at Carol’s Creative Chocolatez in Somerville, NJ! Bring a bottle of wine you made at Grape Finale. Learn about the history of chocolate from the days of Columbus to the present day.