Orlando Wine Blog is a place for wine enthusiasts and professionals in Orlando and Central Florida to find out about local tastings, dinners, classes, and other events, as well as a place to keep up with wine people, venues, and news in our community’s vibrant and growing oenophile scene.
Just as Central Florida welcomes visitors from all over the world, however, I hope this site will be a home for all wine lovers.
You’ll also find tales here of wineries from California to Tuscany to Missouri (yes, Missouri!), plus accounts of my experiences discovering new wines and meeting winemakers. And, while this is not a wine review site, I can’t help occasionally writing about a few bottles that make me sit up and notice.
Whether you’re a local, a visitor looking for a sip of the real Orlando, or you just love reading, thinking, and talking about wine, this blog’s for you.
I’m a journalist by trade. I spent years running newsrooms at Central Florida’s NPR station WMFE and at Colorado Public Radio in Denver. Now, I run Smelser Editing & Consulting, an Orlando-based company providing journalism consulting, training, and editing to news organizations around the country.
Wine is my avocation and my passion.
I go to several tastings and classes a week, and I always seem to be talking, reading, and thinking about wine. So far, I’ve resisted making a career out of my oenophilia, but I’m lucky enough to count many wonderful wine professionals as teachers, tasting companions, and close friends.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading this blog as much as I love writing it.