If Disney Did Convenience Stores

TripAdvisor lists it as the number 1 thing to do in Live Oak. The reviews are phenomenal, so, naturally, I had to see what all the buzz was about. I can say this, if Disney did convenience stores, this would be Cinderella's castle. Interstate 10 passes just north of Live Oak and at exit 283 you'll find it,... Continue Reading →

Wine on the Beach

Wine and the beach just go together. Watching a stunning sunset, listening to the sounds of the surf, and sipping some vino with your toes in the sand is a great way to relieve stress. Florida, you'd think, would have a monopoly on beachfront wineries, but that real estate is expensive and not always easy to find. There... Continue Reading →

“You Can Make Wine Out of Anything”

When I was researching Carolina Wine Country The Complete Guide back in the last century, one of the winemakers made the statement, "you can make wine out of anything." He was illustrating the fact that, although most of our wine experience is with European varietal grapes, humans throughout history have made wine from a lot of... Continue Reading →

How Big is Your Wine Bottle?

If 750 ml isn't enough, you may soon be able to super-size your vino in the sunshine state. Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) has introduced a bill that will allow larger sizes of wine bottles to be sold in the state, including one that holds as much as 50 liters. He also seeks... Continue Reading →

The First 1000 Words

A picture is worth 1000 words, according to the old adage. Although I'm a writer, I'm a visual person and I depend on the photos I take to help illustrate my words. I've shot pictures for my books, newspaper articles, websites, and sometimes for my own use just to help me remember what I saw when I'm... Continue Reading →

Florida Wine Country

The first wine made in America was made in Florida. French Huguenots, settling along the St. John’s River in the mid-1500s, engaged in the production of the first wine recorded in the new world. It was the 1565 vintage. Unlike much of the wine we drink today, it was made from the wild, native Muscadine... Continue Reading →

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