Archive | August, 2012
Video 15 Aug

This guy uses wine to make art. Check it out.

Image 6 Aug

Muscadine grapes at the Rosa Fiorelli Winery in Bradenton, FLA.

Rosa Fiorelli Winery

6 Aug

I went on a day trip to the Rosa Fiorelli Winery in Bradenton on Sunday because it had been a few years since i’ve been and wanted to include it in my blog. I think this might be my favorite winery i’ve visited in Florida so far. It’s quaint, inviting and not overwhelming. There is a gazebo in the back where you can pay to have lunch along with a tour and you get a wine glass with their logo to keep. The wine tastings are free every day. If you just want a tour it costs $10. Mr. Fiorelli is always working around the vineyard and if he’s not too busy he will give you the tour himself. There is something so gratifying about being able to meet the man who makes the wines and have a discussion about them.

Overall the wines are very good. They are mostly made with Muscadine grapes which grow naturally in Florida. There are also a few hybrid grapes made by the universities around Florida, like UF and Florida A&M. Muscadine grapes are usually made into sweet wines but not all of the 9 I tried were overly sweet. The wine tasting experience is the best i’ve come across considering they encourage you to cleanse your pallet between wines so you can get the full experience of the wine. They put out bread, crackers and pretzels to dip in mustard, cheese or different infused oils along with chocolate for the dessert wines and coffee beans to sniff.

My favorites were Aurora, Conquistador blush and Rosato (which I have previously blogged about). The Aurora is a dry wine and has a nice balance of sweet and tart. You can really taste the Muscadine grape in this wine. It has it’s own flavor that you can’t really compare to any of the mainstream wines most people have tried. I ended up taking home a bottle of the Conquistador blush which is a semi sweet wine. It smells like a ginger snap cookie and pairs well with spicy food. If you take a sip of the wine, then eat something spicy, and take another sip the flavor of the wine changes and brings out different notes of spice. I can’t wait to experiment mixing Conquistador with spicy foods.

Some of their wines have won awards at the Florida State Fair and even other competitions in the Finger Lakes and Indiana. The prices are reasonable too with the cheaper wines around $14.86 and the more expensive dessert wines around $19.54. With the amount of dedication Mr. Fiorelli puts into his work it’s not hard to understand why the wine tastes so good.

If you’d like to know about some of the other wines I tried feel free to ask. I try to keep these posts short enough to keep your attention.

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Rosa Fiorelli Winery in Bradenton, FLA


Glossary of Wine Pronunciations

3 Aug

Here you will find a glossary of wine pronunciations I found at I’ve never even heard of half of the wines; I can tell I still have a lot to try. If you know how to pronounce a wine correctly you can really impress your date and sound like a wine expert, so this may come in handy.

Glossary of Wine Pronunciations