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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Post-Holiday Wine Events Abound

I hope you all celebrated well on the Fourth of July. I enjoyed some lovely Champagne and this amazing view of the fireworks over Orlando’s Lake Eola!

Our local wine merchants are emerging from their holiday stupor (as are we all), and they have some fun things in store for next week. Read on for highlights of …

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Hidden Wine Country: Napa’ School House Vineyard Keeps Things Quietly Classic

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Napa and Sonoma, the two counties at the heart of California wine country, are famous for lavish tasting rooms, Michelin star restaurants, and deluxe accommodations. Drive even a few hundred yards along Napa’s main thoroughfare, Highway 29, and you’re likely to pass five or six big name wineries ready to put on an impressive, pricey, and often thoroughly enjoyable show for you.

But hidden behind them, there’s another world — a place that’s more about passion than money, more about soil than manipulation, more about history than trends, and more about experimentation than safe bets. You have to look a little harder for this hidden Wine Country, drive a little farther to get there, and pay a little more attention when you arrive. But it’s well worth the effort.

Part 1 of this series takes us to School House Vineyard, a Napa stalwart making elegant wines that remain largely unknown, even to many of the Valley’s most ardent fans.

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