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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Thanks EM! Look me up if your ever in South Florida. Read More

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  • Ok, ok, that never happened.. No Ott or Tuscan Rose vs. our wine list. Sorry.BUT Finally our Venue hosts a Dry Rose. Seven Hills Cabernet Franc Rose 2014.This wine is first class now. Thanks Jordan (the guy who buys the wine I sell.) ** enjoyed by guests tonight vs. SBlanc NZ or PGrigio Alto Adige. Read More

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  • Hey NapaloverThat Spain trip sounds like fun. I'm just a beer guy, but my ... available in St. Petersburg, Florida, so I ordered a few imported bottles through ABC wines and spirits to try. A night and day difference. I see that even a beer drinker like me can enjoy good sherry. Next, I discovered Total Wine and More, and we tried some of thei... Read More

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  • Which brings up the old line about Cali Syrah, "What's the difference ... ... elsewhere.  Like Florida, where we used to go to see the relatives once a winter and rented a house or apartment.  Or New York, where you cannot sell wine in a supermarket. (Or, more than one branch, to be a little more precise.) Of course, Europe practically doesn'... Read More

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  • Well, I really wanted to take it down to Florida, but no visit is in the cards so . . .Plus I needed something to stand up to venison Bourguignon and it seemed just right. Plus there were three of us so we needed that bottle.Anyhow, the RdD was awesome. In fact, Friday I did a blind tasting of Napa vs RdD and this was coincidentally a continuati... Read More

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  • We (a S. Florida Italian Ristorante) have an opportunity to capture Sine Qua Non.Knowing that many Northerners are here.. But.. Syrah doesn't match our Cuisine or Tropical (hot) setting..  Do we Sine?  any opinions?? - happy to have the opportunity to feature. But ???. Read More

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  • I'm in South Florida so we have a TW in almost every city........ Thanks for the recommendations. The best Washington red that I've had recently is a 2008 Walla Faces Fusion Red (Blend). An excellent QPR!  Read More

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  • Top 25 Sommeliers for West Palm Beach Florida listed on LinkedIn.https://www.linkedin.com/title/sommelier  I am speechless and thank you Snooth.. Mille Gratis.West Palm Beach must have at least 300 professionals involved in this position. To be in the Top 5 is amazing..!   Read More

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  • * I will be representing our Wine Venue, Barolo Ristorante Palm Beach Florida and Wine Bar.www.barolopalmbeach.com  Read More

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  • The Stacole Holiday Show 2014 MiamiVenue: Rubell Family Collection NW 29th, Miami Florida  1pm-5pm. October 2nd.This is a Vendor Specific venue, and I hope to meet you.!www.stacoleholidayshow.com    and Mille Gratis to Robert (Bob) Hudon for the invite. 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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