Florida Wine Tour: Tangled Oaks Vineyard & Winery
My next stop on my Florida Wine Tour is Tangled Oaks Vineyard & Winery. If you decide to take a scenic tour of Florida wineries Tangled Oaks Vineyard & Winery is about 15 minutes from last week’s stop at Royal Manor.
When I arrived I met a lovely lady from Holland. Tangled Oaks looks like a regular home in Florida.
It’s a cute little country shop equipped with a bar to taste the variety of grapes.
My hostess told me a little about the DaCasto family and not only did I get to try wines from Tangled Oaks but I also tried some of her husband’s wines, Bacchus Wines.
Let’s first discuss Tangled Oaks
Apparently, Dr. David (Dave) T. DaCasto wanted to start a vineyard and his family is from Italy. I don’t know about you but this basically tells me wine is in his blood.
What I could see of the vineyard wasn’t very big at all.
My hostess says they use the grapes you see here as well as grapes from other parts of the world.
I tried the Carlos which is semi-sweet as well as the Noble Red which again is semi-sweet.
Sorry, there’s no tour of a vineyard or winery available but if you like to taste then Tangled Oaks is a good stop.
My aha moment
After visiting Royal Manor last week and now Tangled Oaks I realize it’s very likely I’ll run into a theme when I visit the different Florida wineries. The theme of the Muscadine grape which produces this semi-sweet wine I tasted here at Tangled Oaks as well as Royal Manor.
Based on this observation, I believe the biggest thing that will separate one winery from the other is the family behind the wine. When the rest of the playing field is even, I base my decision to purchase on the person(s) behind the product.
I didn’t have a chance to meet the family behind Tangled Oaks so I can’t speak to that.
As for the wine, it’s tasty and will go well with salads, cheese and spicy foods (for balance) like Thai and Indian foods.
Tangled Oaks wines range from $11-$16.
Now let’s talk about Bacchus Wines
I got two for the “price” of one when I visited Tangled Oaks.
The website says this about Bacchus Wines: “Taste the commitment in every sip of our Riesling-Pinot Grigio-White Zinfandel-Cabernet Sauvignon-Chardonnay-Pinot Noir and Merlot. Produced and bottled locally with care and attention to detail-Perfected over decades. From fruity and sweet to full bodied and complex, Bacchus Wines has a distinct taste for every wine lover. For the most distinguishing of pallets-Because after all, you are your own best wine connoisseur”.
Bacchus has chosen not to take what seems to be the traditional approach to wine-making in Florida in that he does not use the muscadine grape.
Bacchus offers Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio as well as a White Zinfandel.
I tried 4 Bacchus Wines: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay (I always like to try this one because I’m still on the search for one that will beat the buttery taste of the Cooper’s Hawk Lux Chardonnay. I still haven’t found it.), and White Zinfandel.
I’m not really a White Zinfandel fan but the Bacchus White Zinfandel is a great summer wine. It’s light and slightly sweet but not overpowering. I would also recommend this wine for summer weddings.
Bacchus wines uses the juice of grapes from California and Argentina. This according to my Tangled Oaks hostess. She says they make the Bacchus Wines in their own backyard.
If you dine in Palatka, FL at Corky Bell’s Seafood and Steaks you can try Bacchus Wines. Otherwise, you’ll have to stop by Tangled Oaks to give it a try because it is not offered for sale online.
A bottle of Bacchus Wines will set you back $16 a bottle.
My final word
Overall, if you enjoy tasting wine and you find yourself in the Grandin/Palatka/Interlachen area be sure to stop by Tangled Oaks. You’ll be glad you stopped because even though it’s not a place to “tour” per se you will get a tasting tour of Florida wine. The drive also offers a glimpse at some of Florida’s more scenic areas.
A winery on the beach.