The first recorded commercial wine-making in America was not in Napa Valley - nor the Finger Lakes - not even in Washington state. Two years before William Shakespeare was born in England, French Huguenots settled along the St. John's River in Florida and began making wine ...
It's not that things haven't been happening on Southern Wine Trails this month, quite the contrary. Two new wineries are opening in July, and at least two others are making progress toward opening later this year. While this writer is trying hard to keep up with all the news, it makes for a busy summer... Continue Reading →
American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) are designated geographical regions in the United States where wine grapes grow well. Usually, a certain grape or group of grapes will thrive there and natural barriers like mountains or rivers separate the regions. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) defines the regions for tax and marketing purposes, i.e.... Continue Reading →
At long last, after many long hours and much hard work, Sokol Vineyards Tasting Room in Ocala, Florida will have it's Grand Opening. "Thursday July 27th, 2017 we will officially open our doors to the community. Come celebrate with us starting Thursday and continue on through our first official weekend." Florida Wine Country's newest wine... Continue Reading →
The lady from Missouri sat down at the bar and plopped her handbag on the other stool. "I leave for home tomorrow," she said. "Today's my last day and I haven't been to a Florida winery yet, so I decided to come for a wine tasting." It was 10:00 a.m. The winery wasn't actually open.... Continue Reading →
On the trail of Florida wine, you may find yourself in Ocala. Sokol Vineyards' tasting room will soon be opening downtown (more on that later). Meanwhile, if your soul is seeking outdoor adventure, you could try zip lining. I spotted the rack card in my hotel's breakfast room. The Canyons Zip Line, it blasted across the air... Continue Reading →