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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The United Grapes of America - Florida's Keel And Curley Winery Blueberry Wine

The United Grapes of America
StarChefs.com: The United Grapes of America
You know you may have a problem when on the day your son is flying home from Florida you frantically call his host to include two bottles of your favorite Florida wine, the Keel And Curley Winery Dry Blueberry. Now the original The United Grapes of America StarChefs.com article mentions wines from Schnebly Redland's Winery, but these tropical fruit based wines are generally too sweet for my tastes. On the other hand, the K&C blueberry is completely dry with a big nose and can be mistaken for a medium-full bodied malbec if one was tasting blind. The wine is made from High-Bush Blueberries grown in their Plant City farm about 20 miles east of Tampa Bay. The blueberries are fermented on the skins which helps retain the key benefits of this super fruit: vitamin C and antioxidants. In fact a new University of Florida study fund that "wine made from southern highbush berries had more antioxidants than white wine and all but 20 percent of the reported values for red wines..." That could be why in 2011,  300,000 bottles of blueberry wine were sold throughout the Sunshine state. Glad I scored my two bottles. Cheers.

1 comment:

Tiffany said...

Blueberry wine!? That sounds delicious, and like fun to try and sample at a wine tasting. I've always had a good time wine tasting and to my shock and awe, Florida had some good wine tasting the last time I was there. I had no idea the rest of the country to could grow wine, besides California at least! I was in Palm Bay and we drove up to a little winery for the day and had a great time. We stayed at the Palm Bay hotel (www.palmbay-hotel.com). Cheap and close to major things we wanted to do, so it worked out perfectly.