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It’s a little known fact that wine has been produced in the state of Florida for nearly 450 years. Spanish settlers, who named the area for its abundance of wild flowers and fruits, discovered wild Muscadine grapes growing throughout the region. In the 1560s, this attracted other Spanish and French Huguenot settlers who were drawn to the prospect of starting a wine industry to rival those in Europe. They had no luck transplanting European varietals, which didn’t take to the moist conditions and were prone to Pierce’s disease, fungus, and rot. But wines from indigenous grapes Muscadine, Scuppernong, and Noble created a local thriving industry until the Prohibition. 
 
In the 1930s, horticulturalists at the University of Florida, set about growing new humidity-friendly hybrids such as Stover, Suwanee, Miss Blanc, and Blanc du Bois. There has also been some small success at grafting European varietals to grow locally. In the past few decades, Florida has seen a blooming Read more »

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  • Muscadine

    Muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia) are a grapevine species native to the present-day southeastern United States that has...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... ... in Cary before moving to Florida last year.  In fact, today is my one year anniversary for my move to Sarasota!Greg, you mentioned that LI is making some Blaufrankish there. Have you tasted it? How is it?  It is interesting to me that the East Coast is experimen... Read More

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  • Greg, was aware of that about New York even before I was old enough to ... ... benighted Easterners. Hell, Florida didn't even have a Disney facility back then. But I thought it was really for people from Detroit who had the sense to be born and work and be ready to leave there when it was still a viable economy. I had a theory when I was in t... Read More

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  • D - you wouldn't necessarily know but New Yorkers are supposed to go to Florida when they retire. I think Ft Lauderdale was built to accommodate them.Bruce - welcome! The LI wines have really been making strides -  decent Cab Franc and even Blaufrankish, and some of the whites are quite good - Paumonok's Chenin Blanc for example. But it will nev... Read More

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  • Thanks for the response. Good answers to both my questions!Most people I've ... in that soil and clime.The Florida question was answered well, only thing missing is sailing (and I suppose fishing)! Where in N. Carolina? Have family in the Triangle. We have a couple people currently active on these boards who are reporting on wine from there up ... Read More

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  • Wow, that picture came out just a little bigger than I was expecting! lolGood ... ... ½ton an acre!)Why Florida?  Hmmm, I like to Scuba dive, play golf, and love the beach.  And it's a lot cheaper to live here than California.   I also still own a business -  an air quality testing laboratory -  in North Carolina so I like being reasonably clo... Read More

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  • Have had viti and viniculturalists in the States and Europe and South Africa ... what you can share.And why Florida, if I may be so bold as to ask?Cheer Read More

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  • Hey all, Fabio here from Orlando!Manager of Charleys Steak house and grille in Kissimmee Florida.Im here and open for any wine discussion.Great to he here and to join Snooth.See ya soonWine not right! Read More

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  • Duncan-a friend of my cousin brought it over therefore I did not ask. I was ... on the rocks with the South Florida heat. EM-It's a Paella with plenty of Mahi, shrimp, clams, mussels and octopus.&nbs Read More

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  • DM-The chef was me in the 95 degree/100% humidity of South Florida therefore I prefer Scotch/beer to white wines. Just my preference.  Read More

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  • OT-That EMH 2006 was one of my top 3 wines in 2015! It was excellent! We spent ... water! No wine in the South Florida heat this weekend.&nbs Read More

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  • The San Sebastian Port and the San Sebastian Vintner's Reserva (Red) are my two favorites that have two types of the Floridian Muscadine Varietal. Sweet, but tasty when your in the mood. Being a Floridian myself, it's nice to have a grape from my home state.

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  • WHERE ARE THE BEST VINEYARDS IN FL?

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