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Sep
22
Sat
The Royal Wine Limited – Los Haroldos Winery @ Tavares Union Station
Sep 22 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

This wine tasting train ride was so popular it sold out in days. Please note that this is a special Saturday afternoon edition of the Royal Wine Limited which normally operates Sunday afternoons at 3:40 PM.

Join us on the Royal Palm Railway Experience Royal Wine Limited to sample wines from Los Haroldos Winery on the Familia Falasco Vineyards in Menodza, Argentian. Accompanying food items provided by Magical Meat Boutique in Mount Dora. The round-trip train ride and wine tasting will take place in the Silver Tureen Dining Car over the course of one hour and ten minutes.

Sep
29
Sat
The Royal Wine Limited – Island Grove Wine Co. @ Tavares Union Station
Sep 29 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Our Wines (We will sample 5 of the wines in the list below, final list TBD)
Here at Island Grove we specialize in fine blueberry wines using the freshest blueberries from our own Florida plantations. Along the way we began making different wines and now several years later, we have a whole portfolio of fun, fresh and exciting wines.

Our family of wine consists of a few categories. We specialize in wine that is made from fruit – preferably our loved blueberry, as we have been growing them for over 30 years now.  Our Signature Berry Wines, our Fruit & Grape Blends, and our 100% Fruit Winesmake up our list – ranging from dry & sophisticated to sweet & flirty.

Island Grove Wine Company is a division of Island Grove Ag Products (IGAP), a major supplier of fresh organic and conventional blueberries harvested throughout Florida. Producing approximately 2 million pounds of fresh fruit per year, we were looking for an innovative way to use our quality berries that were not sold to the fresh market. In 2010, the Island Grove Wine Company was born, where we could use our fresh fruit to create exceptional fruit wine. Along with our skilled winemaker, Chase Marden, the team at Island Grove has grown the winery since then, with over 16 different wine offerings and more to come.

 Our main location is in the tiny town of beautiful Island Grove, in North Central Florida amidst the large oak trees and quiet country roads.Our newest location is just a few miles from Disney in Kissimmee, Florida, where every day is a celebration.

We are proud of our healthy, antioxidant-rich berries and the wonderful wines that we have created. We offer a full selection of sweet and dry, 100% fruit and fruit-infused grape wines that we hope you enjoy.

Cheers!

 Our Kinda Dry Blueberry wine is a medium-bodied, fruit forward wine of dark purple hue and generous mouthfeel.  Rich aromas of blueberries, dark red fruit and spice are followed by flavors of black cherries and blueberry jam that bring to mind a fine Merlot.  This 100% blueberry wine is fermented on its healthy skins for up to 30 days in controlled batches to extract the unique tannin structure of blueberries.  It is an excellent complement to any meal, and is especially delicious paired with grilled steaks and chops.  Best served at room temperature.

  

Our Sorta Sweet Blueberry wine is a light-bodied, fruit forward wine with enticing aromas and flavors of fresh blueberry pie.  This 100% blueberry wine is fermented on its healthy skins in batches to extract the unique tannin structure of blueberries.  Because this delicately sweet wine is easy to love, it is a crowd pleaser at casual gatherings with friends.  Try serving it with barbecued chicken and grilled fish, or paired with desserts.  Best served chilled to highlight its fresh fruit flavors.
 Sweet and exotic with its distinctive honeysuckle nose paired with fragrant blueberry aromas taken straight from our Island Grove blueberry plantations, our Blueberry Moscato is a perfect blend of 90% California Muscat Grape wine and 10% of our Sorta Sweet Blueberry wine.  This wine is a perfect poolside sipper and is guaranteed to liven up any occasion.  Best served chilled.

Sweet & luxurious Vidal ice style grape wine blended with our sweetest blueberries of the season.  Best served chilled.
 Full fruits and sweet blueberries will take you mentally to a tropical island, as you casually sip this light – bodied, semi – sweet, blend of fruity deliciousness.

  

 Our Crisp Green Apple is a clean, refreshing wine that combines Gewurztraminer grapes with the light, fruity aroma of green apples.  It has a distinctive fruit character married with a nice fruit-forward palate and medium body.  Sweet and crisp, the clean finish lingers with a touch of tropical fruit and citrus.  Best served chilled.
Fruit-forward, light in body with a crisp Chardonnay dry finish, our Backporch Peach will fill the room with the unmistakable scent of fresh peaches.  This wine pairs well with chicken and seafood and can be enjoyed before,during, or after dinner.  Best served chilled
 Our unique pomegranate and berry blend is a fruity and sweet, medium-bodied wine with a slight tang on the finish.  This extraordinary combination of Zinfandel grapes, mixed berries and pomegranate is delicious on its own, or served with rich holiday desserts.  Best served chilled.
Our Bold Blackberry Merlot is powerful and rich wine with warm berry aromas and intense fruity flavors of ripe blackberries.  Sweet and medium-bodied, this blackberry and Merlot blend is the perfect wine for picnics and casual gatherings.  Its soft silky tannins and long balanced finish will capture your attention with your first sip.  Best served chilled.

 Our Southern Strawberry wine is a fruity sweet blend of Riesling grapes and the essence of fresh strawberries.  This light-bodied wine will make you sit up and take notice.  Clean and pleasant, its beautiful blush color, fruity aromas and hint of sweetness make this the perfect wine for any outdoor occasion.  Best served chilled.

 Vine – ripened raspberries and rich Zinfandel grapes provide this wine with its delightful fruity aroma.  Perfect in balance with remarkable drinkability, this light – bodied semi – sweet wine is delicate and inviting.  It’s perfect for casual entertaining and pairs beautifully with fruit desserts.  Best served chilled.

 Sweet and exotic with its distinctive honeysuckle nose paired with fragrant blueberry aromas taken straight from our Island Grove blueberry plantations, our Blueberry Moscato is a perfect blend of 90% California Muscat Grape wine and 10% of our Sorta Sweet Blueberry wine.  This wine is a perfect poolside sipper and is guaranteed to liven up any occasion.  Best served chilled.

 Sweet & luxurious Vidal ice style grape wine blended with our sweetest blueberries of the season.  Best served chilled.

  

 This is a medium – bodied wine made 100% from mouthwatering blackberry fruit.  Drier in taste than our “Black & Blue” wine, with subtle hints of charred oak and blackberries, this wine is a favorite among “cab” drinkers.

 Our Black & Blue wine offers the smooth taste of two flavorful fruits.  This semi-dry, heavy bodied wine, is a mix of 85% blackberries and 15% blueberries, a match made in heaven for those that enjoy a dry, fruit forward wine.
Oct
7
Sun
Rails & Ales Brew Train – Oktoberfest @ Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce
Oct 7 @ 3:40 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us as we explore Germany and Austria during Oktoberfest and sample 8 different varieties of beer. The Germans are still considered the world’s finest brewers in many circles.

Final beer list to be determined and will be served with typical German-style pub fare.

Pilsner/Helles

20140129pilsner.jpg

Walk into the beer section at your local supermarket, spin around a couple times and stick your hand out. You’ll probably hit a pilsner or some variation on the ubiquitous style. The Buds, Pabsts and Millers of the world owe their inspiration to this pale lager style that originated at what is now the Czech Republic’s Pilsner Urquell brewery. Proper all-malt pilsner comes in two variations: Czech (AKA Bohemian) and German. Both are pale yellow in color and finish with a bitter snap of spicy, floral hops. German-styled takes tend to be lighter in body, drier, and a touch more bitter than their Czech counterparts, but both should be easy to drink and refreshing.

Helles was born as an early German take on pilsner as well. Less hoppy than its Czech cousin, helles is a more malt-driven style that often leans toward the sweeter end of the spectrum.

Maibock/Traditional Bock

20140131bock2.jpg

Find a beer with a goat on the label and you’ve probably found yourself a bock. This is a class of beers that range in color from fairly light (maibock) to quite dark (doppelbock and eisbock, more on those later). Plain ol’ traditional bock sits right in the middle—amber to brown in color, it’s a strong, very malty lager that weighs in around 6 or 7% ABV. Expect a toasty, bready, slightly sweet flavor from the Munich and/or Vienna malt that make up the bulk of the grain in this beer.Maibocks are a springtime seasonal variation (Mai means May in German) that are a lighter in color and a bit hoppier with a floral bitterness on the finish.

So, why the goat? It’s a little bit of wordplay—these beers originated in the town of Einbeck, Germany. That name Einbeck got telephone-lined around a bit and ended up sounding sorta like “ein Bock,” which translates to “a billy goat.”

Doppelbock and Eisbock

20140131doppelbock.jpg

 

Stronger, even maltier bock beers are known as doppelbocks (which translates to “double bocks”). Born of a monastic tradition of brewing beers to sustain the monks during Lenten fasting, the style-defining example was first brewed by the monks at Munich’s Paulaner brewery. Almost all commercial examples you’ll encounter today are very dark in color, but doppelbocks can technically be fairly pale as well. Expect a very rich beer with a lot of caramelized (but not burnt!) sugar flavor. Darker examples can taste chocolatey and dark fruit-like as well. These tend to be rich, decadent sippers that are often named ending in “-ator” as a reference to Salvator, the original doppelbock brewed by Paulaner.

If you’re looking for an even bigger bock, find yourself an eisbock. These are doppelbocks that have had a portion of their water content removed via freezing. If you drop the temperature of a beer to between the freezing points of water and alcohol, the water will freeze, leaving just a boozy, concentrated beer behind. Eisbock brewers will typically remove around 10% of the water content, leaving a massive, intense beer in the 9-14% ABV range. Expect flavor characteristics similar to those of doppelbock, but bigger. Boozy, fruity, and intense.

Oktoberfest/Märzen/Dunkel/Vienna Lager (okay, that one’s from Austria)

20140130marzen2.jpg

Let’s get a few terms clear first: Oktoberfest and Märzen are generally used interchangeably to describe one style. I’ll just use Märzen from here on out. Vienna and dunkel lagers are beers that are fairly similar in character, though the history is a little different.

Way back in the 1500s, Bavarian lawmakers forbade the brewing of beer between April and September to ensure quality. In the warmer months, wild yeast and bacteria could thrive, leading to nasty, spoiled beer for the people. Without an understanding of modern fermentation science, the lawmakers were unknowingly establishing a long future for German lager. Fermented and stored in cool caves, the beers produced in the winter and early spring would eventually evolve into the modern dunkel (“dark”) lager.

Märzen (meaning March) takes its name from the frantic brewing that occurred in the month leading up to the summertime ban, but it and Vienna lager didn’t emerge in their modern forms until the mid-1800s, with the isolation of lager yeast. Two friends, Gabriel Sedlmayr from Munich and Anton Dreher from Vienna, released similar amber-colored lagers in their home towns and watched their respective Märzen and Vienna lagers rise to popularity. Sadly, Vienna lager has since fallen out of popularity, but the tradition lives on to some degree in Mexico (yep, really! Ever had a Negra Modelo?), where Austrian immigrants settled in the late 1800s.

All of these beers are malty lagers with an amber-brown color imparted by nutty, bready, toasty Munich and Vienna malts. Märzens are sometimes paler in color and dunkels are the darkest of the group, but that’s the gist of it. None of these beers are hop driven in flavor and all should have a clean, neutral yeast flavor—they’re really all about the malt.

Schwarzbier

20140131schwarzpils2.jpg

Schwarzbier is a notch darker than dunkel and doppelbock—it’s the darkest of all the German lagers. As it should be, too—the name translates to “black beer.” Despite its ominous appearance, the schwarzbier is an easy drinker—it’s only about 5% ABV and is lighter in body and drier than dunkel lager. Roasty bitterness is fairly restrained—don’t expect this to taste like a stout. Instead, look for a lightly bready malt character backed up by a touch of roast and hop bitterness on the finish.

Rauchbier

20140131rauchbier2.jpg

My love for rauchbier is no secret (especially when these beers are paired with food), but it’s a style that is certainly not for everyone. The defining characteristic is that the beer is made with a large portion of malt that’s been smoked over the flames of a beechwood-fueled fire. The result is a powerfully smoky, sometimes meaty-tasting beer that is usually based on a Märzen recipe. A specialty of the Franconian town of Bamberg, Germany, rauchbier is an unusually savory beer that you’ll probably either love or hate.

Now, let’s move onto the ales, shall we?

Wheat Ales: Hefeweizen/Dunkelweizen/Weizenbock

20140131hefeweizen.jpg

When it comes to ales, Germany is most famous for their wheat beers. Hefeweizen is the most common—poured into towering vase-like glasses, this cloudy southern German specialty is all about the yeast. Heck, it’s right there in the name—hefeweizen translates to “yeast wheat” in German. The beer’s cloudy appearance and powerful banana and clove-like aromatics are the direct result of an unusual yeast strain that is essential to producing this classic style. Darker variations are referred to as dunkelweizen (“dark wheat”) and stronger versions are called weizenbock (as in, a wheat beer brewed to bock strength). Dunkelweizens take on a caramelly, dark-fruit like flavor that some liken to liquid banana bread, and weizenbocks are like hefeweizens and dunkelweizens on steroids—stronger and more flavorful in every way. All are delicious!

Altbier

20140130alt2.jpg

Altbier is an unusual specialty hailing from Düsseldorf. Its strangeness lies in the fact that it is fermented cooler than most ales with a yeast that operates best just above the temperatures that are usually reserved for lagers. This process allows rich, nutty, bready malt character to shine alongside a firm, spicy, floral hop bitterness. Most are around 5% ABV, but stronger variations exist and may be labeled as “sticke” or “doppelsticke” altbier.

Kölsch

20140131kolsch2.jpg

Kölsch also has a strange fermentation process. Fermented a touch warmer than altbier (but still cooler than most other ales), the yeast produce a delicate, mildly fruity flavor profile. This pairs up with a relatively assertive hop profile from those spicy, herbal German hops and a more mellow pale malt presence. It’s a nice, easy drinking beer with about 5% ABV. Kölsch is also unusual for the fact that the name is protected within the European Union so that only breweries within the city of Cologne can give their beer the respected Kölsch name.

Berliner Weisse and Gose

20141029goseberliner2.jpg

Berliner weisse and gose are the only German beer styles that are likely to be accused of being hip (Grandma surely hasn’t heard of them). The craft beer world has thoroughly embraced sour beer in recent years and Germany’s entrants are among the most popular amongst American craft brewers. Berliner weisse is a tart wheat beer that is soured through a fermentation with the bacteria Lactobacillus. This bacteria produces lactic acid—the same acid that gives yogurt and sour cream their signature tang.

Gose is also soured with the aid of Lactobacillus, but has a couple other ingredients that make it quite unusual: coriander and salt. The final product is cloudy, tart, and spicy and it’s one of the most refreshing beers you can drink.

Oct
13
Sat
The Royal Wine Limited – Oktoberfest @ Tavares Union Station
Oct 13 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Must be 21 years of age to participate! Join us on this fabulous adventure by train as we travel to the wine regions of Germany to explore the rich heritage of German wine-making on our Oktoberfest Wine Tour. Meat and cheese platter provided by Magical Meat Boutique in downtown Mount Dora.

Oct
14
Sun
The Royal Wine Limited – Island Grove Wine Co. @ Mount Dora Train Station
Oct 14 @ 3:40 pm – 5:00 pm
Our Wines (We will sample 5 of the wines in the list below, final list TBD)
Here at Island Grove we specialize in fine blueberry wines using the freshest blueberries from our own Florida plantations. Along the way we began making different wines and now several years later, we have a whole portfolio of fun, fresh and exciting wines.

Our family of wine consists of a few categories. We specialize in wine that is made from fruit – preferably our loved blueberry, as we have been growing them for over 30 years now.  Our Signature Berry Wines, our Fruit & Grape Blends, and our 100% Fruit Winesmake up our list – ranging from dry & sophisticated to sweet & flirty.

Island Grove Wine Company is a division of Island Grove Ag Products (IGAP), a major supplier of fresh organic and conventional blueberries harvested throughout Florida. Producing approximately 2 million pounds of fresh fruit per year, we were looking for an innovative way to use our quality berries that were not sold to the fresh market. In 2010, the Island Grove Wine Company was born, where we could use our fresh fruit to create exceptional fruit wine. Along with our skilled winemaker, Chase Marden, the team at Island Grove has grown the winery since then, with over 16 different wine offerings and more to come.

 Our main location is in the tiny town of beautiful Island Grove, in North Central Florida amidst the large oak trees and quiet country roads.Our newest location is just a few miles from Disney in Kissimmee, Florida, where every day is a celebration.

We are proud of our healthy, antioxidant-rich berries and the wonderful wines that we have created. We offer a full selection of sweet and dry, 100% fruit and fruit-infused grape wines that we hope you enjoy.

Cheers!

 Our Kinda Dry Blueberry wine is a medium-bodied, fruit forward wine of dark purple hue and generous mouthfeel.  Rich aromas of blueberries, dark red fruit and spice are followed by flavors of black cherries and blueberry jam that bring to mind a fine Merlot.  This 100% blueberry wine is fermented on its healthy skins for up to 30 days in controlled batches to extract the unique tannin structure of blueberries.  It is an excellent complement to any meal, and is especially delicious paired with grilled steaks and chops.  Best served at room temperature.

  

Our Sorta Sweet Blueberry wine is a light-bodied, fruit forward wine with enticing aromas and flavors of fresh blueberry pie.  This 100% blueberry wine is fermented on its healthy skins in batches to extract the unique tannin structure of blueberries.  Because this delicately sweet wine is easy to love, it is a crowd pleaser at casual gatherings with friends.  Try serving it with barbecued chicken and grilled fish, or paired with desserts.  Best served chilled to highlight its fresh fruit flavors.
 Sweet and exotic with its distinctive honeysuckle nose paired with fragrant blueberry aromas taken straight from our Island Grove blueberry plantations, our Blueberry Moscato is a perfect blend of 90% California Muscat Grape wine and 10% of our Sorta Sweet Blueberry wine.  This wine is a perfect poolside sipper and is guaranteed to liven up any occasion.  Best served chilled.

Sweet & luxurious Vidal ice style grape wine blended with our sweetest blueberries of the season.  Best served chilled.
 Full fruits and sweet blueberries will take you mentally to a tropical island, as you casually sip this light – bodied, semi – sweet, blend of fruity deliciousness.

  

 Our Crisp Green Apple is a clean, refreshing wine that combines Gewurztraminer grapes with the light, fruity aroma of green apples.  It has a distinctive fruit character married with a nice fruit-forward palate and medium body.  Sweet and crisp, the clean finish lingers with a touch of tropical fruit and citrus.  Best served chilled.
Fruit-forward, light in body with a crisp Chardonnay dry finish, our Backporch Peach will fill the room with the unmistakable scent of fresh peaches.  This wine pairs well with chicken and seafood and can be enjoyed before,during, or after dinner.  Best served chilled
 Our unique pomegranate and berry blend is a fruity and sweet, medium-bodied wine with a slight tang on the finish.  This extraordinary combination of Zinfandel grapes, mixed berries and pomegranate is delicious on its own, or served with rich holiday desserts.  Best served chilled.
Our Bold Blackberry Merlot is powerful and rich wine with warm berry aromas and intense fruity flavors of ripe blackberries.  Sweet and medium-bodied, this blackberry and Merlot blend is the perfect wine for picnics and casual gatherings.  Its soft silky tannins and long balanced finish will capture your attention with your first sip.  Best served chilled.

 Our Southern Strawberry wine is a fruity sweet blend of Riesling grapes and the essence of fresh strawberries.  This light-bodied wine will make you sit up and take notice.  Clean and pleasant, its beautiful blush color, fruity aromas and hint of sweetness make this the perfect wine for any outdoor occasion.  Best served chilled.

 Vine – ripened raspberries and rich Zinfandel grapes provide this wine with its delightful fruity aroma.  Perfect in balance with remarkable drinkability, this light – bodied semi – sweet wine is delicate and inviting.  It’s perfect for casual entertaining and pairs beautifully with fruit desserts.  Best served chilled.

 Sweet and exotic with its distinctive honeysuckle nose paired with fragrant blueberry aromas taken straight from our Island Grove blueberry plantations, our Blueberry Moscato is a perfect blend of 90% California Muscat Grape wine and 10% of our Sorta Sweet Blueberry wine.  This wine is a perfect poolside sipper and is guaranteed to liven up any occasion.  Best served chilled.

 Sweet & luxurious Vidal ice style grape wine blended with our sweetest blueberries of the season.  Best served chilled.

  

 This is a medium – bodied wine made 100% from mouthwatering blackberry fruit.  Drier in taste than our “Black & Blue” wine, with subtle hints of charred oak and blackberries, this wine is a favorite among “cab” drinkers.

 Our Black & Blue wine offers the smooth taste of two flavorful fruits.  This semi-dry, heavy bodied wine, is a mix of 85% blackberries and 15% blueberries, a match made in heaven for those that enjoy a dry, fruit forward wine.
Oct
21
Sun
Rails & Ales Brew Train – Oktoberfest @ Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce
Oct 21 @ 3:40 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us as we explore Germany and Austria during Oktoberfest and sample 8 different varieties of beer. The Germans are still considered the world’s finest brewers in many circles.

Final beer list to be determined and will be served with typical German-style pub fare.

Pilsner/Helles

20140129pilsner.jpg

Walk into the beer section at your local supermarket, spin around a couple times and stick your hand out. You’ll probably hit a pilsner or some variation on the ubiquitous style. The Buds, Pabsts and Millers of the world owe their inspiration to this pale lager style that originated at what is now the Czech Republic’s Pilsner Urquell brewery. Proper all-malt pilsner comes in two variations: Czech (AKA Bohemian) and German. Both are pale yellow in color and finish with a bitter snap of spicy, floral hops. German-styled takes tend to be lighter in body, drier, and a touch more bitter than their Czech counterparts, but both should be easy to drink and refreshing.

Helles was born as an early German take on pilsner as well. Less hoppy than its Czech cousin, helles is a more malt-driven style that often leans toward the sweeter end of the spectrum.

Maibock/Traditional Bock

20140131bock2.jpg

Find a beer with a goat on the label and you’ve probably found yourself a bock. This is a class of beers that range in color from fairly light (maibock) to quite dark (doppelbock and eisbock, more on those later). Plain ol’ traditional bock sits right in the middle—amber to brown in color, it’s a strong, very malty lager that weighs in around 6 or 7% ABV. Expect a toasty, bready, slightly sweet flavor from the Munich and/or Vienna malt that make up the bulk of the grain in this beer.Maibocks are a springtime seasonal variation (Mai means May in German) that are a lighter in color and a bit hoppier with a floral bitterness on the finish.

So, why the goat? It’s a little bit of wordplay—these beers originated in the town of Einbeck, Germany. That name Einbeck got telephone-lined around a bit and ended up sounding sorta like “ein Bock,” which translates to “a billy goat.”

Doppelbock and Eisbock

20140131doppelbock.jpg

 

Stronger, even maltier bock beers are known as doppelbocks (which translates to “double bocks”). Born of a monastic tradition of brewing beers to sustain the monks during Lenten fasting, the style-defining example was first brewed by the monks at Munich’s Paulaner brewery. Almost all commercial examples you’ll encounter today are very dark in color, but doppelbocks can technically be fairly pale as well. Expect a very rich beer with a lot of caramelized (but not burnt!) sugar flavor. Darker examples can taste chocolatey and dark fruit-like as well. These tend to be rich, decadent sippers that are often named ending in “-ator” as a reference to Salvator, the original doppelbock brewed by Paulaner.

If you’re looking for an even bigger bock, find yourself an eisbock. These are doppelbocks that have had a portion of their water content removed via freezing. If you drop the temperature of a beer to between the freezing points of water and alcohol, the water will freeze, leaving just a boozy, concentrated beer behind. Eisbock brewers will typically remove around 10% of the water content, leaving a massive, intense beer in the 9-14% ABV range. Expect flavor characteristics similar to those of doppelbock, but bigger. Boozy, fruity, and intense.

Oktoberfest/Märzen/Dunkel/Vienna Lager (okay, that one’s from Austria)

20140130marzen2.jpg

Let’s get a few terms clear first: Oktoberfest and Märzen are generally used interchangeably to describe one style. I’ll just use Märzen from here on out. Vienna and dunkel lagers are beers that are fairly similar in character, though the history is a little different.

Way back in the 1500s, Bavarian lawmakers forbade the brewing of beer between April and September to ensure quality. In the warmer months, wild yeast and bacteria could thrive, leading to nasty, spoiled beer for the people. Without an understanding of modern fermentation science, the lawmakers were unknowingly establishing a long future for German lager. Fermented and stored in cool caves, the beers produced in the winter and early spring would eventually evolve into the modern dunkel (“dark”) lager.

Märzen (meaning March) takes its name from the frantic brewing that occurred in the month leading up to the summertime ban, but it and Vienna lager didn’t emerge in their modern forms until the mid-1800s, with the isolation of lager yeast. Two friends, Gabriel Sedlmayr from Munich and Anton Dreher from Vienna, released similar amber-colored lagers in their home towns and watched their respective Märzen and Vienna lagers rise to popularity. Sadly, Vienna lager has since fallen out of popularity, but the tradition lives on to some degree in Mexico (yep, really! Ever had a Negra Modelo?), where Austrian immigrants settled in the late 1800s.

All of these beers are malty lagers with an amber-brown color imparted by nutty, bready, toasty Munich and Vienna malts. Märzens are sometimes paler in color and dunkels are the darkest of the group, but that’s the gist of it. None of these beers are hop driven in flavor and all should have a clean, neutral yeast flavor—they’re really all about the malt.

Schwarzbier

20140131schwarzpils2.jpg

Schwarzbier is a notch darker than dunkel and doppelbock—it’s the darkest of all the German lagers. As it should be, too—the name translates to “black beer.” Despite its ominous appearance, the schwarzbier is an easy drinker—it’s only about 5% ABV and is lighter in body and drier than dunkel lager. Roasty bitterness is fairly restrained—don’t expect this to taste like a stout. Instead, look for a lightly bready malt character backed up by a touch of roast and hop bitterness on the finish.

Rauchbier

20140131rauchbier2.jpg

My love for rauchbier is no secret (especially when these beers are paired with food), but it’s a style that is certainly not for everyone. The defining characteristic is that the beer is made with a large portion of malt that’s been smoked over the flames of a beechwood-fueled fire. The result is a powerfully smoky, sometimes meaty-tasting beer that is usually based on a Märzen recipe. A specialty of the Franconian town of Bamberg, Germany, rauchbier is an unusually savory beer that you’ll probably either love or hate.

Now, let’s move onto the ales, shall we?

Wheat Ales: Hefeweizen/Dunkelweizen/Weizenbock

20140131hefeweizen.jpg

When it comes to ales, Germany is most famous for their wheat beers. Hefeweizen is the most common—poured into towering vase-like glasses, this cloudy southern German specialty is all about the yeast. Heck, it’s right there in the name—hefeweizen translates to “yeast wheat” in German. The beer’s cloudy appearance and powerful banana and clove-like aromatics are the direct result of an unusual yeast strain that is essential to producing this classic style. Darker variations are referred to as dunkelweizen (“dark wheat”) and stronger versions are called weizenbock (as in, a wheat beer brewed to bock strength). Dunkelweizens take on a caramelly, dark-fruit like flavor that some liken to liquid banana bread, and weizenbocks are like hefeweizens and dunkelweizens on steroids—stronger and more flavorful in every way. All are delicious!

Altbier

20140130alt2.jpg

Altbier is an unusual specialty hailing from Düsseldorf. Its strangeness lies in the fact that it is fermented cooler than most ales with a yeast that operates best just above the temperatures that are usually reserved for lagers. This process allows rich, nutty, bready malt character to shine alongside a firm, spicy, floral hop bitterness. Most are around 5% ABV, but stronger variations exist and may be labeled as “sticke” or “doppelsticke” altbier.

Kölsch

20140131kolsch2.jpg

Kölsch also has a strange fermentation process. Fermented a touch warmer than altbier (but still cooler than most other ales), the yeast produce a delicate, mildly fruity flavor profile. This pairs up with a relatively assertive hop profile from those spicy, herbal German hops and a more mellow pale malt presence. It’s a nice, easy drinking beer with about 5% ABV. Kölsch is also unusual for the fact that the name is protected within the European Union so that only breweries within the city of Cologne can give their beer the respected Kölsch name.

Berliner Weisse and Gose

20141029goseberliner2.jpg

Berliner weisse and gose are the only German beer styles that are likely to be accused of being hip (Grandma surely hasn’t heard of them). The craft beer world has thoroughly embraced sour beer in recent years and Germany’s entrants are among the most popular amongst American craft brewers. Berliner weisse is a tart wheat beer that is soured through a fermentation with the bacteria Lactobacillus. This bacteria produces lactic acid—the same acid that gives yogurt and sour cream their signature tang.

Gose is also soured with the aid of Lactobacillus, but has a couple other ingredients that make it quite unusual: coriander and salt. The final product is cloudy, tart, and spicy and it’s one of the most refreshing beers you can drink.

Nov
3
Sat
The Royal Wine Limited – Island Grove Wine Co. @ Tavares Union Station
Nov 3 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Our Wines (We will sample 5 of the wines in the list below, final list TBD)
Here at Island Grove we specialize in fine blueberry wines using the freshest blueberries from our own Florida plantations. Along the way we began making different wines and now several years later, we have a whole portfolio of fun, fresh and exciting wines.

Our family of wine consists of a few categories. We specialize in wine that is made from fruit – preferably our loved blueberry, as we have been growing them for over 30 years now.  Our Signature Berry Wines, our Fruit & Grape Blends, and our 100% Fruit Winesmake up our list – ranging from dry & sophisticated to sweet & flirty.

Island Grove Wine Company is a division of Island Grove Ag Products (IGAP), a major supplier of fresh organic and conventional blueberries harvested throughout Florida. Producing approximately 2 million pounds of fresh fruit per year, we were looking for an innovative way to use our quality berries that were not sold to the fresh market. In 2010, the Island Grove Wine Company was born, where we could use our fresh fruit to create exceptional fruit wine. Along with our skilled winemaker, Chase Marden, the team at Island Grove has grown the winery since then, with over 16 different wine offerings and more to come.

 Our main location is in the tiny town of beautiful Island Grove, in North Central Florida amidst the large oak trees and quiet country roads.Our newest location is just a few miles from Disney in Kissimmee, Florida, where every day is a celebration.

We are proud of our healthy, antioxidant-rich berries and the wonderful wines that we have created. We offer a full selection of sweet and dry, 100% fruit and fruit-infused grape wines that we hope you enjoy.

Cheers!

 Our Kinda Dry Blueberry wine is a medium-bodied, fruit forward wine of dark purple hue and generous mouthfeel.  Rich aromas of blueberries, dark red fruit and spice are followed by flavors of black cherries and blueberry jam that bring to mind a fine Merlot.  This 100% blueberry wine is fermented on its healthy skins for up to 30 days in controlled batches to extract the unique tannin structure of blueberries.  It is an excellent complement to any meal, and is especially delicious paired with grilled steaks and chops.  Best served at room temperature.

  

Our Sorta Sweet Blueberry wine is a light-bodied, fruit forward wine with enticing aromas and flavors of fresh blueberry pie.  This 100% blueberry wine is fermented on its healthy skins in batches to extract the unique tannin structure of blueberries.  Because this delicately sweet wine is easy to love, it is a crowd pleaser at casual gatherings with friends.  Try serving it with barbecued chicken and grilled fish, or paired with desserts.  Best served chilled to highlight its fresh fruit flavors.
 Sweet and exotic with its distinctive honeysuckle nose paired with fragrant blueberry aromas taken straight from our Island Grove blueberry plantations, our Blueberry Moscato is a perfect blend of 90% California Muscat Grape wine and 10% of our Sorta Sweet Blueberry wine.  This wine is a perfect poolside sipper and is guaranteed to liven up any occasion.  Best served chilled.

Sweet & luxurious Vidal ice style grape wine blended with our sweetest blueberries of the season.  Best served chilled.
 Full fruits and sweet blueberries will take you mentally to a tropical island, as you casually sip this light – bodied, semi – sweet, blend of fruity deliciousness.

  

 Our Crisp Green Apple is a clean, refreshing wine that combines Gewurztraminer grapes with the light, fruity aroma of green apples.  It has a distinctive fruit character married with a nice fruit-forward palate and medium body.  Sweet and crisp, the clean finish lingers with a touch of tropical fruit and citrus.  Best served chilled.
Fruit-forward, light in body with a crisp Chardonnay dry finish, our Backporch Peach will fill the room with the unmistakable scent of fresh peaches.  This wine pairs well with chicken and seafood and can be enjoyed before,during, or after dinner.  Best served chilled
 Our unique pomegranate and berry blend is a fruity and sweet, medium-bodied wine with a slight tang on the finish.  This extraordinary combination of Zinfandel grapes, mixed berries and pomegranate is delicious on its own, or served with rich holiday desserts.  Best served chilled.
Our Bold Blackberry Merlot is powerful and rich wine with warm berry aromas and intense fruity flavors of ripe blackberries.  Sweet and medium-bodied, this blackberry and Merlot blend is the perfect wine for picnics and casual gatherings.  Its soft silky tannins and long balanced finish will capture your attention with your first sip.  Best served chilled.

 Our Southern Strawberry wine is a fruity sweet blend of Riesling grapes and the essence of fresh strawberries.  This light-bodied wine will make you sit up and take notice.  Clean and pleasant, its beautiful blush color, fruity aromas and hint of sweetness make this the perfect wine for any outdoor occasion.  Best served chilled.

 Vine – ripened raspberries and rich Zinfandel grapes provide this wine with its delightful fruity aroma.  Perfect in balance with remarkable drinkability, this light – bodied semi – sweet wine is delicate and inviting.  It’s perfect for casual entertaining and pairs beautifully with fruit desserts.  Best served chilled.

 Sweet and exotic with its distinctive honeysuckle nose paired with fragrant blueberry aromas taken straight from our Island Grove blueberry plantations, our Blueberry Moscato is a perfect blend of 90% California Muscat Grape wine and 10% of our Sorta Sweet Blueberry wine.  This wine is a perfect poolside sipper and is guaranteed to liven up any occasion.  Best served chilled.

 Sweet & luxurious Vidal ice style grape wine blended with our sweetest blueberries of the season.  Best served chilled.

  

 This is a medium – bodied wine made 100% from mouthwatering blackberry fruit.  Drier in taste than our “Black & Blue” wine, with subtle hints of charred oak and blackberries, this wine is a favorite among “cab” drinkers.

 Our Black & Blue wine offers the smooth taste of two flavorful fruits.  This semi-dry, heavy bodied wine, is a mix of 85% blackberries and 15% blueberries, a match made in heaven for those that enjoy a dry, fruit forward wine.

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