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The Florida Winery

The Florida Winery

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It won’t take long for you to realize that we do things a little bit differently around here. We refuse to accept that wine must taste of grass, tobacco, or dirt. Around here we like our wine like we like our women and ice tea…sweet! We don’t mess around when it comes to wine either, just check out the over 50 awards and medals we’ve won in our first four years!

All talk and no walk you say? Well pony up to our tasting bar and we will let our stunning selection of highly enjoyable libations walk all over your taste buds. Relish in pure unadulterated pleasure without worrying about how your swirling the glass. Sit back, Sip, Enjoy, Relax, Repeat…responsibly of course.

The winery is where the magic happens. All of our wines are made right here in house, just steps from the beach, where you’ll will find the most unique winery on earth. Beach real estate isn’t cheap, s0 we squeeze a lot of wine out of a small space: about 900 square feet! We use three 2,000-liter jacket fermentation tanks and nine 2,000-liter racking and aging tanks. Filtering is handled by our 40-plate plate & frame filter, and all the bottling is done by hand right in the front window.

It’s not a lot of room, but it’s enough for us to create the most amazing libations known to man.

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Chocolate Shop Wine

Chocolate Shop Wine

Friday, January 18, 2013

Chocolate Shop, the ultimate “Chocolate Lover’s Wine,” is a deep, ruby red wine blended with rich, velvety chocolate.  Chocolate Shop provides you with an indulgent wine experience like no other.

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Volcano Winery

Volcano Winery

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Aloha! Wine tasting in Paradise is just a sip away at Volcano Winery. We’ve been creating unique wine and fruit blends on the southern slope of Mauna Loa Volcano on the Big Island since 1986, making us the United States’ southernmost winery.

We gather local tropical fruits like the yellow guava and the jaboticaba berry and blend them with traditional wine grapes to create local wines inspired by volcanic fire and the bounty of the island. Our location near the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park lets us make vibrant wine that captures the playful spirit of Hawaiian paradise — and our relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.

In fact, our fruit -blended wines were so unique that the federal government (BATF) had to come up with new category designations to classify them!

We’ve seen many changes in our 25+ years, but the commitment to produce special, award-winning wines made with Aloha has always remained in our hearts.

If you plan on visiting the winery, you can enjoy a tasting with one of our fun and knowledgeable staff members and even drink wine by the glass out in the picnic area. Come relax and sip into “Hawaiian time.”

We’re open every day except for Christmas, from 10 to 5:30. Aloha!

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Tieton Cider Works

Tieton Cider Works

Monday, April 2, 2012

The fruit that is used in Tieton Cider Works Cider comes from Craig and Sharon Campbell’s Harmony Orchards. This land has been in our family since the 1920s, when our grandfather homesteaded it here in Tieton, Washington. It has been farmed organically for the last 25 years by an appreciative grandson.

The orchard is perched above the confluence of the Tieton and Naches rivers at an elevation of 2000 feet, considered high for a growing region in Washington State, giving us the advantage of growing our fruit at slightly cooler temperatures. The long sunny days, cool nights and fertile soils craft exceptionally great tasting apples, pears, cherries and apricots.

As a third generation Yakima Valley farmer with a degree in horticulture from Washington State University and 33 years’ experience in marketing produce, Craig has always been curious about the back-story: the history, production, science, and industry of food. From his unique vantage point, he has studied what consumers are looking for in an apple. Growing new varieties of trees is truly what makes Craig happy.

Ten years ago he started looking for niche apple varieties that weren’t being over- produced in the commercial market. As a result, land that was once predominantly planted with Red and Golden Delicious now has blocks of Ambrosia, Honey Crisp, Jonagold and Pinova Apples. Four years ago Craig started planting cider apples, those gnarly, inedible wild apple varieties needed to make great cider. We now have one of the larger acreages of cider apples and Perry pears in the state.

A love of land, food and drink has inspired us to make cider with the fruit we are growing at our ranch, Harmony Orchards.  We know the ciders we make are an expression of the harvest and reflective of the fruit and the place that it is grown.

We are excited to present these ciders to you. They are a blend of our own organically grown dessert apples and full-bodied traditional cider apples. Most of all we are thrilled to be involved in reinterpreting the tradition of cider making.

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Finnriver Farm

Finnriver Farm

Friday, March 16, 2012

“At Finnriver we gather and ferment the flavors of the land to offer you hand-crafted sparkling hard ciders and spirited fruit wines. We are inspired by the allure of the fruit, the ancient history of the craft of fermentation, and the lively traditions we now seek to revive.

“Note: We use the term “cider” as it is used in Europe and in the blossoming cider revival in the United States, to mean a fermented apple beverage. Some folks call it “hard cider.” Our ciders are alcohol.

“Our Certified Organic family farm and Cidery is located alongside a restored salmon stream on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The process of creating our products begins in the spring blossoms of organic fields and orchards. Bees work their magic, fruit ripens in the sun and come autumn, when the rain-washed air of the mountains turns crisp, we gather our families and farm crew to harvest and press the fruit. We then ferment it slowly through the chill of winter months and use traditional methods to refine and bottle our select batches.

“Finnriver grows a variety of berries and heirloom apple trees, in order to provide organic fruits for our wines and ciders. We also glean wild apples from old-time local homesteads and source fruit from organic family farms in eastern Washington and around the region. We’re committed to sustainable land stewardship through organic production, conservation easements, renewable energy, salmon safe certification, habitat restoration, and community partnerships, celebration and outreach.

“We are very pleased to share the flavors of Finnriver with you and invite you to come visit the farm, taste our ciders and wines, walk the orchard, and connect with us.”

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Honey Run Winery

Honey Run Winery

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Still small and family owned, Honey Run Winery originated in 1992, near Chico, California’s Honey Run Covered Bridge, in the Butte Creek Canyon. Honey Run Honeywines are made with three ingredients:  honey, fruit juice, and yeast. Honey Run uses no grapes, adds no sulfites or preservatives, and produces their wines to meet Kosher (OU) standards.

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Eden Ice Cider

Eden Ice Cider

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Our mission is to produce high quality, boutique wines from traditional and heirloom varieties of apples 100% of which are produced in Vermont.

Our customers are discerning chefs , sommeliers and wine shop owners, open-minded fine wine drinkers, sweet-wine lovers, foodies, people who love Vermont, and gift givers. We are committed to quality and integrity, to minimizing our carbon footprint and to supporting our employees, community and local economy.

Eight pounds of apples go into the making of each 375ml bottle of ice cider. Our ice ciders have won 9 ice cider gold medals and been recognized by Food & Wine, The Art of Eating, Wine Spectator, Culinate, Eatocracy, Serious Drinks, Edible Manhattan and “Martha Stewart Living Radio.”

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Adytum Cellars

Adytum Cellars

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A beekeeper since the age of fifteen, Vince Carlson still tends his own apiary (beehives). After fifteen years of learning about bees and honey, he discovered the ancient secret of mead. His first glass of mead, presented to him from a mead maker, sparked his passion and eventually gave birth to Adytum Cellars in 2002. Once he started making mead, it didn’t take long to realize the process was a wonderful way to preserve the freshness of fruit to enjoy year round.

Each year, Vince travels the Northwest visiting orchards and farms searching for the most striking and flavorful flowers, fruit and berries of the season. “I never know from year to year what kind of mead I will be making,” he says. “In one year peaches are best; another year it might be cherries or pears. The fruit trees and berry bushes decide what will make the best mead of the year.”

Just as grape varietals manifest different characteristics, so do honey varietals. The composition of each honey is unique to the floral source from which it originates. For example, Fireweed honey produces a dry, clean mead with stone and mineral notes. On the other hand, mead made from orange blossom honey  has a very fragrant bouquet and carries through with orchard citrus tones.

“Mead making combines the creative spontaneity of art and the quantitative predictability of science. It requires active involvement from both sides of the brain.”

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Latah Creek Wine Cellars

Latah Creek Wine Cellars

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mike Conway — with over 34 years of winery experience — and his wife Ellena, pair to run one of the most successful small wineries in this relatively new viticultural region in the northeast corner of Washington state. Latah Creek Wine Cellars, established in 1982 in Spokane, is one of only a few family owned and operated wineries in Washington.

While Mike assumes the management, winemaking and vineyard tasks, Ellena takes on the accounting, fiscal, tasting room, and gift shop. In 2005, their daughter Natalie joined the family business as assistant winemaker.

Over the past 25 years, the winery has taken hundreds of awards in local, national, and international competitions and has had numerous wines featured in Wine Spectator‘s “Annual Top 100 Selections” as well as Wine Enthusiast‘s “Annual Top 100 Selections,” often with an added note of “Best Buy.”  Latah Creek, heralded by Wine Spectator as one of the top producers of Merlot in the state of Washington.

Mike started his career as a microbiology technician for the largest winery in the United States, E&J Gallo and the nearby Franzia Brothers Winery. After spending three years as an assistant winemaker with the Parducci winery in Northern California, Mike moved to Washington to start Latah Creek and The Hogue — joint ventures with grape grower Hogue and winemaker Conway. After two years, the two operations were separated so full attention could be given to Mike and Ellena’s own winery: Latah Creek.

The winery produces about 17,000 cases annually. Roughly 10 percent of that total consists of red wines while another 10 percent is devoted exclusively to Chardonnay. Sixty percent is comprised of their two most popular varieties: Riesling and Huckleberry d’Latah. The remaining 20 percent includes smaller lots of Muscat Canelli, Moscato d’Latah, and proprietary blends of Maywine, Spokane Blush and their newest wine, Natalie’s Nectar.

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Montezuma Winery

Montezuma Winery

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

For more than thirty years, George Martin had been a bee keeper. George, along with wife, Virginia and son Ed, maintained and built a honey production and pollination business containing 2,000 hives in Maine, New York, Florida and South Carolina.

With dropping honey prices and increasing costs, the family, now with son Bill, began niche marketing their honey in 1998. Bill had always dabbled in mead making and home brewing and the next year The Martin Family applied for a farm winery license, and commercial production of honey wine began. Soon after, Martin’s Honey Farm and Meadery in Sterling, New York was born.

In 2001, the Martins’ realized the importance of their location in the fruit belt of New York and decided to try their hand at making fruit wines.

The concept of Montezuma Winery was then formed. Montezuma Winery quickly took off, so much so that we moved the production facilities and gift shop to our 14,000 square foot building in Seneca Falls. Although we do produce high quality grape wines, the focus is fruit and honey wines.

Both Montezuma Winery and Martin’s Honey Farm and Meadery have claimed numerous awards including Gold, Double Gold, Best of Class, Best Fruit Wine, and Commercial Mead Champion. Our wine list offers a range from dry to sweet and includes Riesling, Merlot, Blueberry, Rhubarb and our most popular, Cranberry Bog.

The Martin family efforts continue to create and enhance a unique product line, quality products, and an experience that is memorable and enjoyable for their loyal customers. Stop by and enjoy the award-winning wines, family atmosphere, and extensive gift shop at Montezuma Winery!!

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