Florida Wine Country on the Move

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 →

Wine is for Drinking Not Analyzing

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 →

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 →

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 →

Welcome to Wine Country

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 ...

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