That’s B’ham as in Birmingham, Alabama. Not what you were expecting? Me neither!
On a road trip awhile back I had the time for a quick stop at the Vizzini Farms Winery in Calera, AL just south of Birmingham. It’s conveniently close to I-65 – just around the bend.
First, let me say that the staff are very friendly and helpful. In addition, the winery building has a relaxed coziness to it. Like many wineries these days, they have a little in-house bistro with indoor and outdoor seating. Seems like it must be pretty popular, because there were several occupied tables when I arrived in the mid-afternoon on a Monday. Since I was on a schedule, I didn’t have the time to linger and try their dishes. But I was able to belly up over at the wine bar where I tasted a few of their products. They make a full line of wines there but grow only their Muscadine grapes on site.
For the quick tasting I tried their Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir and Great White (Muscadine). It was an interesting group of selections. I didn’t take detailed notes. I was on a road trip, after all. Still, I did get definite impressions of several. For instance, I was fascinated by the intense viscosity and smokiness present in their Muscadine selection. The label indicates it’s made from Scuppernong grapes. In addition, I thought the Pinot Grigio and Viognier were very much in keeping with what I understand to be typical varietal characteristics. I was personally a little disappointed in the Pinot Noir. It wasn’t terrible, but it struck me as a bit weak and lacking in character. As for the Sangiovese, I bought a bottle so that I could ponder it at my leisure. They were willing to waive the $6 tasting fee if I bought something. So, of course, I did! I’ll be posting my tasting notes on that bottle soon.
Overall, it was a nice visit. I do wish I’d had more time to relax and enjoy their hospitality. Maybe next time I’m that far south I can drop in again. On the other hand, there are a number of other wineries on the Alabama Wine Trail.