As most of you know, there are wineries in every state in the U.S. My husband and I enjoy discovering new ones. Recently, we were running around Alabama. We had just play a round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones Course in Huntsville and decided to do a drive by of the Jules J. Berta winery in Albertsville.
One of the things that I look for in a local winery is that they grow their own grapes and use other regional fruits, which in my book makes them representatives of the area in which they live. Jules J. Berta winery was this and much more. Why?
They are on the cutting edge of introducing several new types of grapes to the Alabama region. Their SYLVANER is an ancient varietal often associated with being wild. It is a flavorful wine that is sweet but finishes with a dry edge.
They also have several other varieties that were brought over from Hungary. The oldest varietal is Blaufrankisch, but they also are growing Sauvignon blanc, Petit Syrah, and a varietal known as Red Chardonnay. This is exciting news for growers outside the state of California.
The selection offered both sweet wines for me and dry wines for my husband. Of all the wines we tasted, there were few that didn't please us. The hard part was narrowing it down to only a few bottles.
So if you are in Alabama and looking for a new wine to try, you might want to drop by
Jules J. Berta winery.
Or visit them online www.julesjbertavineyards.com