Long before William Shakespeare was born, French Huguenots and Spanish monks were making wine in Florida. Today, like those pioneers who came before them, the winemakers at San Sebastian Winery carry on a tradition that is over 450 years old. Using native Muscadine grapes, and more recently developed Florida hybrids, they craft their wines using... Continue Reading →
Certified Florida Farm Wineries – What are They, Where are They?
Certified-Florida-Farm-Wineries-MapDownload The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has created an agritourism designation called “Certified Florida Farm Winery.” There are currently 23 of these throughout the state, a little more than half of the total number of Florida wineries. This certification has nothing to do with the type or quality of wine made, but rather... Continue Reading →
Florida Wine Country Sold Out!
Yes, that's right! Florida Wine Country Guide to Northern Wineries is sold out of publisher copies. But, if you want to know where all the Florida wineries are in a fun and easy to read format, don't despair. You can still buy the book on Amazon.com. Just click here. Florida Wine Country Guide to Northern... Continue Reading →
DeLuna Wines’ Tasting Room Now Open
It was long in coming, but worth the wait. DeLuna Wines in Pensacola is now open to the public for tasting and relaxing. After focusing for the past several years on distribution throughout the state, the winery has come home to roost with plenty of wine production and event space in its 25,000-square foot facility.... Continue Reading →
Ocala Winery on the Move
Outgrowing your space can be a good thing. For Katya Vineyards, expansion means even more room for the creative fun they have come to represent in downtown Ocala. Open less than a year, the family-owned boutique winery has created quite a stir in Ocala's food and wine scene. Owner David Sokol as Dr. Wine periodically... Continue Reading →
Of Space, Time, and Wine
There aren't many wineries where you can sip a delicious hand-crafted wine overlooking the ocean while seeing a rocket launched into space. In fact, I can think of only one, Flagler Beachfront Winery in Flagler Beach, Florida. One of a growing number of new Florida wineries, Flagler Beachfront is the creation of Ken and Kelly... Continue Reading →
Take a Look at the Book
What do writers do when they are waiting for their book to cook? They keep lifting the lid and peeking at it. It's like being in the kitchen, you can't help but look. Fortunately, it's too late to add ingredients, change words, or edit photos. We are in production. So, while we wait for the... Continue Reading →
Work Zone – Wine Book in Progress!
Writing a book takes a while, especially if you are writing a travel guide. First, you have to travel. Research means being on the road, interviewing and seeing first hand the people, places, and events that shape your book. You take hundreds of photographs, most of them destined for the delete button. You tape conversations... Continue Reading →
Panama City Beach Winery is Popular Tourist Attraction
Offering free wine tasting of their unique selection of fruit wines is only one reason this Northwest Florida wine cellar is a top beach attraction. While most wineries feature traditional wines made from grapes, Panama City Beach Winery offers 40 varieties of unique award winning Florida fruit wine that keeps area residents and out of town... Continue Reading →
Find Gifts and Florida Wine at Three Oaks Winery
Traveling south on Florida Highway 79, going toward Panama City Beach, an unexpected surprise awaits you in Washington County. As you fight your way through the road construction, it's worth making a stop just south of the tiny town of Vernon (pop. 743). Here you'll find an eclectic gift shop called The Grapevine that offers... Continue Reading →