Executive Director Tom Cosentino (left) and Jack Tomasello, Chair present State Senator James Beach with the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s 2017 Legislator of the Year Award.

The Garden State Wine
Growers Association recently honored State Senator James Beach (D) of the 6th
Legislative District as the organization’s 2017 Legislator of the Year for his
tireless efforts to support the New Jersey wine industry.  The honor was bestowed on Senator Beach by
Garden State Wine Growers Association Chair Jack Tomasello of Tomasello Winery
and Tom Cosentino, Executive Director, at a special event held July 21 at
Amalthea Cellars Winery in Atco. Beach is the Assistant Majority Leader in the

“We are going to keep
working to help grow New Jersey’s wine industry,” said Beach upon receiving a
special plaque commemorating the honor. “Senator Sweeney has led the way in in
developing legislation to support the wine industry and we are going to
continue to work on a lot of different legislation to continue building on

“Our goal is to expand
tourism in the state with our wine industry,” said Chair Jack Tomasello. “We
believe our wineries can serve as a feeder system for the restaurant, hotel and
other industries and we commend Senator Beach for supporting our efforts to do

Executive Director Tom
Cosentino noted, “Senator Beach has been very instrumental in working behind
the scenes to ensure that legislation that can allow our industry to grow,
continues moving forward. He is a great friend of New Jersey’s wine industry.”

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