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Mar 31, 2008 07:35 AM

Schnebly's Winery - your take?

I made it over to Schnebly's Winery down in Homestead this past weekend. Yes I had been warned against it but was nevertheless curious to see for myself. Unique concept with what I thought a lot of possibility. I still think it has a lot of possibility, but right now my impression was pretty foul from start to finish. Well, perhaps not at the start, the lands are beautiful and being nicely developed, but the wines leave a lot to desired.

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  1. The wines taste awful but it does make for a very amusing and funny tasting.

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    1. re: miamisweet

      Yes, I think we joined the ranks of many past customers the staff mistakenly considered lightweights.

      1. re: Icantread

        Schnebly is a marketing guy with a gimmick. That wine is really brutal.

    2. I agree it's overpriced for what they are, but I buy them because it makes good gifts for out-of-towners. And I kind of want to support them for what they aim to do.

      1. I'm tremendously thankful they exist. If not for the existence of locally produced wine which gets to sell direct to customers, there would be no commerce clause issue to prevent the FL legislature from prohibiting direct shipments by out-of-state producers.

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          1. re: jessierandall

            I agree, that it is not the best wine and you won't have to worry about seeing it on the wine list at Gary Danko or Per Se. But it is a worthy effort for a one of a kind venture in South Florida. I understand they have a nice garden and are part of an association to promote the Redlands as a tourist destination and that takes a lot of balls when you are in the "boonies".

            Take it for what it is and don't be so negative about them.

            1. re: jmdhsmiami

              We live up in north Broward and took the "Redland Riot" tour a few months ago with the kids and loved it. We skipped the winery, but had milkshakes at the fruit stands, juice at the orchid farm, and loved loved loved the Fruit and Spice Park.


              1. re: jmdhsmiami

                "Take it for what it is and don't be so negative..."

                I've taken the tour personally with Schnebs and I've done the tastings on several occasions. It is not good wine; it's treacly. I wish the wine was half as robust as the owner's own ego.

                1. re: jessierandall

                  so you have personally experienced the owners "ego"? I assume during the tour. If so, curious if you would explore that comment more as I don't know anything about him. All I know is that its not the best wine, but is an interesting concept in addition to what was said by Frodnesor

                  1. re: jmdhsmiami

                    It's definitely a very interesting concept and I enjoy sweet drinks so I thought I might enjoy some of them. Hopefully it's something that improves considerably in years to come. Took a rather incoherent tour, not with Schnelby, so I'd be curious to hear impressions as well.

          2. It is great to see that someone is investing their time & resources to our local economy even if it is not your taste. The wines are great mixed to make martinis or spritzer for something different.

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            1. re: lynus

              I started the tour with great respect for what I thought was an innovative, high risk idea. I ended the tour with a lack of enthusiasm.

              As background, I was on the tour with several other people from Miami. We had already visited the alligator and orchid farms as well as John is Here and several other wonderful markets. We were uniformly impressed with what we tasted as well as with the passion of the people we met.

              There is no doubt that the area is struggling and that the business owners are looking for a financial life preserver.

              From the tour, I got the impression that the wine was a marketing gimmick from the start. The business was less about producing interesting wine and more about making a buck with a novel idea and then luring tourists by the busloads to the grounds (the hope was to build a lunch area as well as an area to have weddings, bar mitzvahs and events.)

              There's nothing inherently wrong with any of that but there was a sense that the proprietor believed he was the savior of the area (and made that clear) and that the goal was to make the place like Disney World.

              For the owner, it wasn't about imbuing the place or the wine with anything special. It was more about naked commerce and ego. I don't begrudge anyone a living but it just didn't go down well.

              After listening to so much bombast, I expect to taste something terrific. It left a bad taste in my mouth.

              1. re: jessierandall

                I meant to say Robert is Here in the above post, not John.