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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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  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Muscadine

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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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  • Seabreeze Winery

    SeaBreeze Winery is centrally located on the west end of Hutchison Blvd/Middle Beach Road on beau...

  • Henscratch Farms

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

  • San Sebastian Winery

    San Sebastian Winery, founded in 1996 is located at 157 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida in on...

  • Tarpon Springs Castle Winery

    Tarpon Springs Castle Winery invites you to their remarkable winery. You will find the wines are ...

  • Emerald Coast Winery

    Emerald Coast Winery and Gift Baskets, located in Miramar Beach, is a Florida coastal winery fe...

  • Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

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

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  • MJ, how much was that high-end tasting down in Florida?  I bet $75 or so.  The 2009 Roca Vespera Blend sounds very tasty.  Yesterday we headed back to the district for a performance at the Arena Stage called 'All the Way'; it was about President Johnson after he became president upon the assanation of President Kennedy.  Very powerful and an exc... Read More

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  • RBA-Looks and sounds like a great evening. We also really like that St. Francis ... ... Cellar in Wilton Manors, Florida-just outside of Ft. Lauderdale and tasted through 13 pretty darn goes wines!My favorite was a 2009 Roca Family Vineyards Vespera Blend-75% Cab, 12%PS, 12%PV, 1% Syrah, Wine maker: Mary Rocca. Beautiful nose of black fruit, lo... Read More

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  • Well, that Trump wine doesn't even compare to some of the other wines ... ... can still toast his win in Florida tonight.  It's a shame that Rubio had to drop out of the race.....not. JD - I wonder how that 2013 Eyrie Pinot Noir is going to taste?  I'm really looking forward to our visit  with Kelly at Kelly Fox Wines.....EM - Nice hau Read More

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  • I've tried numerous Alamos and Catena over the years as I can get them ... ... them pretty cheap in South Florida on sale. I like big wines but...... The big Malbec fruit and the harsh tannins is a kill joy for me even for a daily drinker. I usually look towards Spain or Chilean for my daily QPR's.&nbs Read More

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  • Nice weather in Florida sans the wind.. 15 to 20knts. I am awaiting a delivery of Glaetzer Amon-Ra 2012 for my cellar now. Fed-ex needs a 21+ signature. I guess I am grounded for a good reason..!It's my 1st Glaetzer Barossa shiraz, with Glaetzer Mclaren Vale already in the cellar. Read More

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  • I wanted more flair :)How are things in Florida William? Read More

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  • Welcome Rhonda,How do you know I'm wonderful?  Just kidding.  ... you enjoy or prefer?  Florida....I miss William Djubin.&nbs Read More

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  • VV-very nice TN. Sounds darn good! I'm trying to diversify my palate but it ... dinner. (If it was in South Florida I would attend Read More

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  • Hello Everyone I am Keran Hill form FloridaI am happy to join this site   www.homeworkbazaar.co.uk Read More

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  • This weekend we are celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary on Fort Myer's Beach, Florida. Last night we had these 2 lovely wines. Started with the Sojourn Gap's Crown PN which was excellent! Great bright/foral nose. Lots of blackcherries and raspberry, very silky, nicely balanced and well integrated. No tannins and a long smooth/juicy finish!T... 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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