Busy Orlando Wine Week Features Italy, South America, and a Winemaker

It seems the summer lull is well and truly over for Orlando’s wine community. Next week’s calendar is brimming with tastings and classes competing for your time, attention, palate, and wallet.

It’s so busy, in fact, that I’m re-invoking my two daily events rule. I’ll highlight a maximum of two events per day here, but you can always find the full listing on the Wine Events Calendar page.

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Go Back to School with Wine in Orlando This Week

Back to school week always seems too early, especially when there’s a heat advisory underway. But it is indeed that time again in Central Florida, and next week brings plenty of opportunities to toast the new academic year. Whether it’s dinner with a Master Sommelier, a milestone anniversary celebration, or a blind comparison tasting, there’s lots to choose from in …

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Next Week’s Orlando Wine Calendar Highlights Quality over Quantity

Next week is a relatively quiet one for Orlando’s wine scene. Perhaps Central Florida is taking a collective deep breath as we gear up to send the kids back to school next week. But there are still opportunities for the oenophile to seize! Read on for highlights of …

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Rosé wars, Greek wines, and Three Pairing Dinners Headline Upcoming Orlando Wine Events

Next week, you could help a local restaurant choose rosés for its by-the-glass list, learn all about wines made from Greek grapes that are hard to pronounce but easy to enjoy, and take your pick of several wine pairing dinners, as Orlando’s wine calendar kicks into gear.

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Burgundy, Italy, and Washington State Headline Orlando’s Week in Wine

The dog days of summer march on in Central Florida, although at least we’re not in Michigan where it’s even hotter!

The heat is no reason not to get out and enjoy some cool wine events, and there are a few gems coming up this week. Check out the details of …

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Hidden Wine Country: RYME Cellars Turns Eclectic Grapes into Some of the Most Exciting California Wine You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Photos by Steve Mort

When you imagine California wine country, you probably don’t picture the Sonoma County town of Forestville.

It’s less than half an hour west of bustling Santa Rosa and the same distance south of upscale Healdsburg, but Forestville feels a world apart. Its downtown main street is only about three blocks long, hosting a handful of casual restaurants, a strip mall with a coffee shop and a laundromat, a county park with a friendly cat, a hardware store, a pharmacy, and a gas station.

Forestville Cat
Forestville cat welcoming me to town

There are also a few tasting rooms on Forestville’s main drag, but RYME Cellars is not one of them.

In this installment of Hidden Wine Country, I venture off the main street to a simple tasting room at the terminus of a dead-end road. I step inside what used to be RYME’s production facility (scroll down for a photo) and discover surprising wines made by a husband and wife team who aren’t afraid to go beyond the usual grape suspects.

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