Monday, April 23, 2007

Florida Wines

A couple of weeks ago Susan and I were taking a no destination in mind drive, when along State Road 52, I saw a sign for the Florida Estates Winery. Since I was flying down the road, I had slam on my brakes, fishtail into a 180 and drive back in order to really read the sign. (Not really, but since I just watched the entire The Hire series on You Tube, my mind is full of sliding and swerving cars)

So anyways, I never really thought Florida had wineries. Well, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture, I don't know very much.

Thanks to an email from Milton, I was poking around the website and found a lot of interesting things, including this list of Florida wineries and vineyards. Apparently in Tampa area we have several other wineries:
Florida Orange Groves, Inc. and Winery - St. Petersburg
Empire Winery and Distillery - New Port Richey
Murielle Winery - Clearwater
Tarpon Springs Castle Winery
Keel and Curley Winery - Plant City

There were a couple of others places whose names I just liked:
Henscratch Farms Vineyards and Winery - Lake Placid
and the
Grapes of Kath Vineyards in Sebring.

As I am poking though some of the websites. I discovered that wine is not just a grape affair.
Aside from various fruits, carrots can be made into a wine. Carrots. Go figure.

6 comments:

IFly said...

I knew Florida had plenty of whineries, but wasn't aware we also had wineries. My curiosity has been piqued.

Bloggerwife said...

Isn't this a whinery?

IFly said...

I wasn't going to be the first to say it ;-). Hehehe

jenn katzban said...
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jennykatz said...

my husband and i have actually sampled and purchased some of their wines...it's worth the drive out to the sticks!

Shawn-non-anonymous said...

Question: Where do they get their grapes?