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  • Keel And Curley Winery, Blueberry Wine

    Plant City, Fla.—Blueberry wines are delicious and healthy. Florida farmer Joe Keel, founder and owner of Keel & Curley Winery, has been making blueberry wine since 2003. His first 10-gallon experiment came out OK and so he kept trying until he got it right, according to the company webpage.


    In May, of this year I travelled to their Plant City winery and 25-acre u-pick farm for a taste of their blueberry wine.


    Inside Keel & Curley Winery’s massive tasting room and gift shop there were plenty of people to keep me company.


    I bought a glass of their semi-dry blueberry wine. It had a dark ruby red color. The description, on their website, said the wine was a full-bodied merlot style wine. But I found it to be more of a lightweight wine.


    It was more akin to a light California sipping wine rather than a full bodied European style, meal-accompanying wine. But this was the perfect wine for an end of a hot and steamy Florida day.


    The company makes over 20,000 cases of wine a year of wine, and has expanded to include Florida blackberry wine along with grape & fruit blended wines.


    They are located at: 5210 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City, FL 33565

    Phone: (813) 752-9100


    They are open 7-days a week at varying time so check the website for more info:

  • Muscadine Grape Season, South Florida

    Muscadine grapes are in season again. They are a native grape variety to Florida and have a unique flavor that is very different than other grapes. Muscadines are used to make jam and wine and can be eaten raw. They have a very thick skin and might make your lips tingle when eaten raw. But their sweet, spicy, pungent flavor and juiciness are well worth the risk.


    Muscadines also have the highest level of antioxidants of any edible grape variety.


    You can find fresh muscadine grapes at most grocery stores from August through the end of September. But if you are looking for fresher fruit then contact a Florida vineyard in your area and see if they allow u-pick.


    The closest vineyard to South Florida that allows people to pick their own grapes is Henscratch Farms in Lake Placid.


    They are open Tues. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. 12 noon to 4 p.m. You can reach them by calling (863) 699 - 2060 for more details.



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