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Until recently the Alabama Native Farm Winery Act posed a major obstacle to wine enthusiasts in this southern state. The Act required wineries to source 75% of their grapes from vineyards near the winery, and also decreed that wineries could only be located in ‘wet’ counties. This proved quite a hurdle for producers in a state that is one-third ‘dry’.

Fortunately for the nascent industry, this restrictive Act was finally overturned in 2002.  It will still take much promotion and education to bring Alabama up to the national average for wine consumption, but it is a task which the newly formed Alabama Wineries and Grapegrowers Association is keen to take on. Currently there are seven wineries in the state working with both Muscadine and French hybrids.  

Don’t look for Chardonnay in Alabama, as Vitis vinifera vines are generally overwhelmed by Pierce’s disease in this hot and humid environment. The Alabama signature grape variety is the native Muscadine, which flourishes along the sunny coastal Read more »

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  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • We're enjoying a St. Francis Zinfandel tonight while watching the Alabama /Missouri college football game.  This is paired with a nice pizza and salad that we picked up after visiting Sandra's mother in the hospital.  She was moved to the rehab floor last night so hopefully they will be working hard on getting her mouth and tongue control back. ... Read More

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  • Yesterday was a good time.  We started off by heading over to the district ... the Metro train to watch the Alabama / Auburn college football game and of course we opened a nice bottle of wine from our cellar - the 2009 Repris Cabernet Sauvignon.  This wine was excellent.  It's from one of our wine clubs of course.  Overall a very enjoyable Tha... Read More

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  • Thanks to your tip I stopped at Grocery Outlet today for the first time ever. ... ... "SweetHome  Alabama" over the music system, everyone who was of birthing age had a toddler or 4 in tow. All the guys except for myself were sporting baggie shorts down to their ankles which accented their wife beater t-shirts and mullets nicely. Unfortunatel... Read More

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  • Together with our importers, we visited many wine bars, bars and clubs, moving between Atlanta, Alabama and New Orleans and participated in meetings and tastings.It was a great opportunity to meet old and new customers and to understand the evolution of the American market. Our wines are very popular, particularly the Lugana Doc Mandolara, but a... Read More

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  • An interesting column by Jim Lefevere at Forbes on the forces changing or ... ... Honda Accord can be made in Alabama and Budweiser is owned by a Belgian-Brazilian conglomerate, wine is also bending our conventional understanding of where and with whom quality wine and affinity resides.Drink LocalNo large trend is complete unless there’s a hea... Read More

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  • J. Maki Winery Chardonnay 2005

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  • J. Maki Winery House Champagne 2003

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  • Italy and the American South are two regions with strong traditions of the ... ... ... areas in his Birmingham, Alabama restaurant Bottega and in his gorgeously illustrated cookbook Bottega Favorita. He's a man inspired, and believes that the comforting nature of Southern food is a perfect mate to the elegantly humble foodways of Italy. "Cooki... Read More

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