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It’s All About The Taste!

By Glenn Arnette, lll

There is a place called Deland, Florida. It is the County Seat for Volusia County. It has a wonderful restored theatre seating about 450-500 people, quaint little restaurants along the main drag, churches on almost every corner along with a number of banks to take care of the residence. This is the home of one of America’s finest colleges, Stetson University. It has a number of shops selling everything from fish to European goods. There is one in particular that I really enjoy when visiting Deland.

Volusia County and Deland has their own winery where you can experience the unique fun of making, bottling and custom labeling your own vintage. Designing Wine is fascinating and comes with a person exploding with personality and knowledge who I would consider is the “little winemaker.” Beverly Tilton owns this establishment and she is extremely creative with this specialty shop.

When you arrive at the shop, you are greeted with the thought of “Wine a little, it will make you feel better. And in this situation that is really true. Samples are available and there are many varieties of taste; white, red, sweet, dry, etc. In the traditional fruit wines you will find Blackberry Mist, Cranberry Rush, Orange Sangria, Peachy Spike just to mention a few. From there try the elegant white wines. How about Summer Sunset, Mustang Sally or Magical Beauty? Elegant red wines come as Mountain Design, New Beginnings, Midnight Dreams and Sassy Pants. Then they have signature wines with Gator Drool being the most interesting with herbal aroma of coffee and mulberry cherry, berry and oak with a Chilean Merlot. 

You can purchase a single bottle of any wine in the establishment or order a batch that will make 28 bottles. By-the-way that batch will also include your own personal label. This is more than fun! You can have a glass or two while seated at one of their small round table, have a party, celebrate weddings, anniversaries or just a gathering of friends. You can kick back and create a personal memory.

If it is wine, something beyond the traditional, you must plan to visit Designing Wine or contact them to order and have shipped to you some of the best tasting, unusual blends of what I consider quality wine to those found in California and Europe.

This is Deland Wine, a real Florida specialty that tastes great! Go to their website at or email [email protected] If you like call Beverly Tilton at 386-734-2424. You will be glad you did. With Christmas just around the corner, you can announce your private stock of wine from your personal vineyard.

“Wine a little, it will make you feel better!”

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