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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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

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  • EM & OT-thanks for the notes on the Carlisle and Bedrock Syrahs. I'm ... ... day on the west coast of Florida. &nbs Read More

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  • RBA-Those Repris sound good. I may have to look into them. Yes, we are at our ... condo on the west coast of Florida. Someday when we retire we hope to enjoy it more often. On Tuesday we had the 2011 St. Francis Cab Sav from thier Lagomarsino Vineyard. A very tasty wine with blackberry, blueberry, good structure with a medium body, tannins wer... Read More

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  • Very impressive and sure to be the highlight of your year, OT.  We ... ... ... they had wine cellars in Florida.  Is this an above-ground cella Read More

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  • Celebrating our birthdays on the West Coast of Florida this week! These two bottles were excellent! The 2007 leaning towards old classic Napa and the Quivet to the new style. Not sure Mike Smith was the winemaker in 2007 for Scarlett. Great start to our week getaway! Oh, did I mention the weather??? Read More

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  • I thought Sebring was in Florida? Read More

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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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  • 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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