Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Florida Estates Winery, Land O'Lakes, Fla.

Florida Estates Winery in Land O' Lakes is part of a 3,600-acre working ranch. Most of the wines are made with juice from their Panhandle, Florida, vineyards. They have been selling Muscadine and Vinifera Hybrid wines for 11 years.

Florida Estates Winery, Land O' Lakes, Fla.
Bill Maher, the vintner (wine maker), was very knowledgeable and chatty. He filled my head with wine facts and fancies as I sipped a selection of dry wines. He tried to get me to try some sweet ones but I politely refused.

Tasting bar of Florida Estates Winery, Land O' Lakes,

He teaches wine appreciation classes at the winery each month, and has a radio show every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. called All About Wine

Florida Estates Winery wines, Land O' Lakes, Fla.

I bought a bottle of semi-dry Plantation Red wine made with 80 percent Florida grown Vinifera Hybrid bunch-grape juice and 20 percent California grape juice.

The wines have varying amounts of sulfites in them which means their shelf life is from four to five years. Florida Estates Winery has many more sweet wines, made from Muscadine grapes, than dry wines.

To find out more about this winery you can visit them at 25241 State Rd 52, Land O' Lakes, FL  34639.  Phone 813-996-2113

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