My mom, sister and I are having a b-l-a-s-t during our weekend of girly fun!
Our first activity of the day took us 40 minutes outside Orlando to Clermont, Florida for a wine tasting and tour at Lakeridge Winery.
We arrived at the winery around 11 a.m. and were ushered upstairs to watch a video about the start of the vineyard and the history of the winery.
After the short video it was time for the tour to begin.
We learned about the grape-picking and fermentation processes and I found it particularly interesting to learn that all of the wines at this particular vineyard are made using muscadine grapes which can handle the heat and humidity of Florida.
These big vats held around 25,000 gallons of wine and were lined with six inches of foam to keep the wine cool.
I thought the “grape shaker” machine was really neat! It is driven over the vines, shaking them to loosen the grapes that are ripe enough to be made into wine.
Another interesting fact: About 5 percent of the vineyards grapes are lost every year… to birds. 🙂
Once the grapes are shaken from the vine, they are placed in a machine that churns them up to release the juices.
After touring the bottling area, we headed back inside to get to the good part… tryin’ the wines!
I took my first wine tasting experience very seriously and even took notes. 🙂
I liked the more sugary wines… surprise, surprise. 😉
I found the white wines that contained 3.3 percent sugar to be the most palatable.
The white wine that had 6.6 percent sugar was almost too sweet and tatsed like grape juice, however the Southern Red wine that had a 6.6 percent sugar content was right up my alley. Finally a red wine I actually enjoyed! Success!!!
We all enjoyed the Pink Crescendo, a sparkling wine meant to be paired with a rich dessert (yes, please!).
Our sommelier made us all laugh when he opened the sparkling wine and simultaneously turned on a bubble machine!
My favorite wines from the tasting included the Southern Red, Sunblush, Chablis and the Pink Crescendo. Tasty!
We made sure to purchase a bottle of each of our favorites before leaving.
This was my sister and my first wine tasting experience and we really enjoyed it! It makes me want to take a little trip to wine country! Anyone wanna sponsor that little vacation? 😉
After our wine tasting experience, we headed home for a quick lunch before heading out for our second girly activity of the day. I’ll be back soon with an update of our first fancy-schmancy high tea experience. 🙂