Legislative Update

I wanted to take a break from my Virginia trip recap and applaud the mid-year results of Free the Grapes!, the national consumer-winery grassroots coalition that supports legal, regulated direct shipping, summarized results so far in 2009: Wins: Legislators in Tennessee, Kansas and Maine created winery direct shipping permits, increasing the number of active, legalRead more

Saturday’s Summer Sip

In my efforts to stay cool in the Florida heat, I decided to pull the cork on a Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards Cuvée Blanc Saturday evening. We picked up a few bottles at the Lakeridge Annual Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp last weekend (see my earlier post). We had a small sample at the festivalRead more

Wine and Sunshine

We decided to venture out to Lakeridge Winery today for the 18th Annual Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp. Located just outside of Orlando, Florida in Clermont, the 77 acre estate vineyard consists of Florida hybrid bunch grapes as well as varieties of Muscadines including Noble, Carlos, and Welder. Easily the largest and most recognizable wineryRead more

A Visit to Ridgeback Winery

While antiquing in historic Mt. Dora, Florida a few weekends ago, a large sign caught our attention, Ridgeback Winery. Mt. Dora is located about 20 minutes north of Orlando, and while not known for its wine, the city is filled with quaint boutiques and antique shops. Florida has several wineries and vineyards throughout the state,Read more