Adventures in Wine........
I wanted to tell everyone about a winery that I visited on vacation last week in Florida.
Ridgeback Winery, located in Mt.Dora, is a family owned business, ran by Ron and Ellie Thompson. When you walk through the door you are greated by a charming, cozy store that has been decorated in an African theme. The best part is the Tiki hut bar, where you can sample all the wines Ridgeback produces.
Ron greeted my friends and I as we walked in the door. He was very pleasant and filled us in on the history of the winery as we browsed through the store.
Ron and Ellie named their winery after the love of their lives, their dogs! Ron proudly told us about the Rhodesian Ridgebacks they owned and a bit about the dogs background. The awesome part, the dogs were in the store! They were beautiful and huge! Very well trained and friendly. After browsing for awhile and visiting with the
dogs, it was time to get down to business. Tasting! As I have said before, I am no expert at wine, just know what I like when I try it. I can honestly say, Ridgeback wines
impressed not only myself, but all of my friends. There were five of us total and we all took something home. We are all mostly sweet to semi-sweet drinkers, but I make it a point to try the 'best selling', dry white and red at every winery I visit. So I will let you know what I sampled and what I thought
Pinot Gris- best seller - dry white - I could really taste the melon overtones in this and actually enjoyed the crisp finish.
Rosso Grande - best seller - dry red - Really like the aroma of this wine. It was a bit dry for me, but my friend loved it.
We sampled quite a few semi-sweet to sweets, so I will just tell you about the ones I purchased and brought home.
Rosco's Ice Wine - white sweet- This is one of the nicest ice wines I have tried, and only the third that I actually purchased. I found it was very well balanced and not too heavy, like most of the ice wines I have experienced.
Blueberry Shiraz - best seller - sweet - Never have been a fan of blueberry wine because it always seems thick and tastes like syrup to me. This is very smooth,and delicious. I am a deffinate fan of this blueberry shiraz.
Green Apple Gewurztraminer - sweet- AWESOME - My very favorite at this winery! The best way for me to describe it to you is that it is like 'A taste of summer'.Beautifuly balanced, wonderful aroma. I can't say enough good things about this wine!
If you are planning a trip to Orlando this year to see Mickey, take a little time to vistit Mt.Dora and Ridgeback Winery. I think it is an experience well worth the
30 minute drive.
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