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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Schnebly Redland's Winery

    The Schnebly Redland's Winery team is a constantly growing and hard working family. The owners Pe...

  • Chautauqua Vineyards

    Chautauqua Vineyards invites you to taste and judge for yourself the wines made from estate grown...

  • Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

    Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards opened its doors in February 1989 in Clermont , Florida and sits on ...

  • Keel and Curley Winery

    Keel and Curley Winery was started in spring of 2003 in the kitchen of founder and owner, Joe Kee...

  • Henscratch Farms

    Located in the Heart of Florida, Henscratch Farms Vineyard & Winery is a unique farming and guest...

  • Florida Estates Winery

    Florida Estates Winery looks forward to your visit in our tasting room, a browse through our...

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  • Spending the weekend with our daughter in Gainesville as she is a senior at the University of Florida. We had dinner tonight at Satchels Pizza. A top three pizza place for us. For a college town their wine list is not the best but this 2012 Clayhouse Adobe Blend hit the spot. A very easy drinking blend of a bunch of grapes which went really well... Read More

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  • We tasted a range of lovely wines as usual, at my friend's Wine Bar near ... He has 3 locations in South Florida.  Will do a piece on them soon, but for now.....my I SAY, THAT LAST NIGHT, WE ENJOYED MERLOT FROM CLINE FAMILY CELLARS, SONOMA....and also Argentine Malbec.2014 BLOCK EIGHT MERLOT and also 2013 Estate Merlot.......Here am I, with de... Read More

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  • Regarding Barossa.....in London, England, I was told about Greenock Wines, ... hotel dining facilities in Florida and there are few if any Aussie wines.....we are missing out here!  With the Latin influence in Miami, Italian and Spanish wines hold sway, of cours Read More

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  • REALLY BIG AL.....it is an event on March,  6th in Miami, Florida, called-GREAT WINES OF ITALYI am looking forward to offerings from various premium boutique wineries.Over 150 Italian wineries are participating! Read More

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  • MJ - Those wines and the beautiful weather in Florida would be quite a treat right now.  While we are having a relatively easy winter up here in Northern Virginia, I would certainly enjoy some additional warmth.  This morning I went on a short motorcycle ride to nearby Clifton VA, and I'm glad I did.  I beat the rain by a few minutes and had a g... Read More

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  • It was a beautiful 70 degree day yesterday in South Florida! This was the first of the 2013 Harden and while it needs some time in the bottle to better integrate it was very enjoyable. (I had to check in since all of my 2012's are gone.) The 2010 Clarim was a very nice and easy drinking wine with a touch of that classic Rutherford Dust.  Read More

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  • VV-I'm a Select Club Memeber therefore I get a $25 credit pretty much every ... is the best in all of South Florida. Outstanding service and they get the steaks cooked right!&nbs Read More

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  • OT-I hear you and totally understand your reasoning. I'll have some ... ... ... filet. Being in South Florida I mostly steer towards seafood.....&nbs Read More

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  • ...Following up on my darling ADRIO........Today, I spoke with the Wine ... ... in the following states: FLORIDA, NORTH CAROLINA, VIRGINIA and WASHINGTO 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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