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Wines and beers with South Florida ties make great gifts By Fred Tasker 

 Schnebly Wines

 What could be more local than a bottle of mango wine made in South Miami-Dade’s Redland farming country? 

Seven years ago, big-time fruit packer Peter Schnebly and his wife, Denisse, saw the area’s mangoes and avocados being underpriced by imports from Mexico, so they built a tropical fruit winery to create new demand for the stuff.

Today you can buy table wines of dry avocado, regular avocado and sweet avocado, carambola, lychee, mango, guava and passion fruit for $14 to $18; sparkling lychee and sparkling passion fruit wines for $30 and a mango dessert wine for $35.

The wines range from bone dry to lightly sweet to dessert-style sweet. The lychee wine, one of their favorites, has been compared to riesling. 

Visit the shop and tasting room — open daily, with evening events many Fridays and Saturdays — at the winery, 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead. 

The wines also are available at Publix supermarkets, a…


Business Times

Nelna focuses on mango production as a delectable health food
New trends in agriculture

By Quintus Perera

EMBILIPITIYA - Driven by a passion to produce good healthy food, a Sri Lankan company is moving in a big way to create large plantations of luscious and juicy mangoes. For a very good reason too! For instead of flowers or sweets (chocolates), why not take mangoes (or for that matter, fruits) especially when visiting a patient in the hospital or as a gift to a young person because it is a health food that can be eaten at any age?

Nelna, reputed for its chicken with Nelna Farm (Pvt) Ltd -part of the Nelna Group, has ventured into agriculture and heavily promotes mango growing. 

Nelna Mango is a specialty in itself, which was developed in their labs – a combination of Kartha Colomban, Vilard and Indian Alponso genes.

E. G. Nanayakkara. Pix by Saman Kariyawasam

One fruit of Nelna mango weighs around 500 grams and when ripen gives a dark yellow colour. The fruit is fleshy and th…