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Behind the scenes in Orlando : Mango's Tropical Cafe prepares for preview night


Dec 18, 2015, 6:09am EST

Richard Bilbao Reporter
Orlando Business Journal


I-Drive Hollywood Plaza gets planning OK, set for January vote

Skyplex, Mango's Tropical Cafe's Joshua Wallack shares big Dec. plans

If you've never been to South Beach, then you're in luck.

Mango's Tropical Cafe on International Drive feels like it was cut out from the Miami Beach hotspot and placed right on Orlando's tourism corridor.

The venue, which officially opens on Dec. 18, hosted a preview night for friends, family and many of Orlando's movers and shakers. 

This Mango's is only the second location in the world — the first is on South Beach — but this is nearly triple the size of the original, said Joshua Wallack, COO of Mango's Tropical Cafe.

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Baja is making a lot more great wine than you might think

Vineyard in Baja's Valle de Guadalupe. (Secretaria del Estado de Baja Ca)
Patrick Comiskey

Tradition and climate usually dictate what grows where in the wine world.

 Napa is Cabernet country because the climate, by and large, is amenable to ripening the grapes. 

The same can be said for Nebbiolo in Piemonte, Chardonnay in Chablis, Syrah in Hermitage.

So what is warm, dry, Baja California, Mexico, amenable to?

 All of these varietals, plus everything short of a few cool-climate grapes such as Pinot Noir and Riesling. 

There you find varieties from Spain, Portugal, southern France, central and southern Italy, Greece and California, such as Zinfandel, Grenache, Syrah, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano and Aglianico.

 And whites such as Fiano, Viognier, Chasselas, Chenin Blanc, Vermentino, Colombard and Palomino.

What to do with grapes from 150-year-old vines at Olvera Street? Make wine, of course

Winemakers in this emergent wine region seem game…