Wine, like a couch-crashing uncle, is generally well traveled, gives off distinct aromas, and has a tendency to stain shirt fronts. Carefully swirl, sniff, and sip a glassful of flavor with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of wine, beer, and small meat-and-cheese plates at the wine bar or on the outdoor patio at City Vineyard.
A bounty of more than 900 select wines and 150 craft beers adorns the walls of City Vineyard's retail shop, which encompasses a charming wine bar that opens onto an airy outdoor patio. The wine-bar menu sweetly suggests that budding sommeliers pair glasses of wine with small plates of Boar's Head meats and cheeses ($11–$14). Each plate can feed two and includes fruit and cracker accompaniments. A Napa Cellars chardonnay ($8/glass) couples well with gruyere, a hard yellow cheese from Switzerland that is sweet, slightly salty, and well-versed in yodeled show tunes ($13). Gouda cheese ($12) is poised to team up with 14 Hands merlot ($7/glass) to form an unbeatable doubles ping-pong team. Guests can also peruse the shop's vast wine and beer inventory for a grape or hop-housing bottle to strike a Bacchic nerve, and City Vineyards' wine-key-carrying staff can liberate the libation for on-premises consumption ($5 corkage fee).
City Vineyard seeks to cull a community of amiable oenophiles by eschewing typical wine-store pretensions, such as tannin IQ tests, and by hosting live music and wine tastings on Friday evenings and other select dates posted on the calendar (cover charges may apply).
5479 Hwy. 280
Birmingham, Alabama 35242Get Directions