Wine connoisseurs assert that novice tasters should never pair red wine with fish, white wine with red meat, or excessive wine with jury duty. Lap up today's Groupon in moderate proportions: for $16, you get a tour and wine tasting for two plus $20 worth of lunch fare at Vizzini Farms Winery in Calera (a $32 value).
Vizzini Farms Winery, which rests on a quaint, tranquil property that’s home to a second-generation Italian family, stomps on West Coast and Alabama vinifera grapes to create an array of white and red wines. A tour of the facilities imparts first-hand knowledge of the complex vinification process, which, unlike beer brewing, doesn’t depend on the dangerous work of hops miners. Vizzini Farms Winery’s vinos include a delicately fruity riesling, a citrusy and invigorating pinot grigio, and the cabernet franc, which coats the tongue like a liquid velour jump suit. After the tour and tasting session, guests can head to the market at Vizzini Farms Winery for a rotisserie chicken caesar roll-up ($6.99) or a tuna-salad sandwich ($6.99).
Vizzini Farms Winery
Set on sprawling farmland, Vizzini Farms Winery bottles a diverse selection of wine crafted from West Coast and Alabama vinifera grapes. Daily tours sneak groups behind the scenes of the second-generation Italian family’s winemaking process, which yields riesling piqued with tropical fruits and pinot grigio that's as lively as a 30-piece kazoo orchestra. A charming tasting room recalls a sunny Italian café, with warm yellow walls, racks of wine, and bistro tables ideal for gathering over a bite of deli fare and Italian-style desserts. On warm days, the spacious patio is open for enjoyment, providing views of surrounding vineyards and breezes with notes of black currant, citrus, and oxygen.
800 Hwy 87
Calera, Alabama 35040Get Directions