Next Week’s Orlando WineStorm

Sir Dorian continues to keep us guessing as we stock up on water and consider what pairs best with beef jerky and peanut butter. As of this writing, it looks like the Orlando area may be spared the brunt of the storm, but it’s always best to plan for the worst while we’re hoping for the best.

In that spirit of tempered optimism, and with the disclaimer that all of these events are subject to change based on our capricious spinning friend, I give you …

ORLANDO’S WEEK IN WINE

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

All photos by Steve Mort

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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