Friday, October 9, 2015

Monroeville Garden Club Travels to Perdido Vineyards

The Monroeville Garden Club traveled to Perdido Vineyards in Perdido, Al. on October 8, 2015.  The Perdido Vineyard was established in 1972 by Jim and Marianne Eddins.  It features a 90,000 gallon winery with cold fermentation and temperature controlled storage.  They produce premium white, red, and rose table wines and a number of gourmet wine vinegars made from Alabama grown fruits and vegetables.

Mr. Eddins spoke to the group about the history of wine making and the health benefits of drinking wine.The vineyard is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm.

Following the program, a buffet lunch of pasta salad, grapes, crackers, bread, and desert was served to members by hostess, Gail Touchton, and Dana Shinholster, co-hostess.  Other members in attendance were Laura Bodiford, Dotsy Compton, Bev Colquett, Carolyn Hutcherson, Patsy Wadlington, and Nancy Ziebach.

The next meeting will be November 13, 2015, at the Monroeville Presbyterian Church.  Ms. Judy Stout, a Mobile Master Gardener, will present a program on Native Trees and Shrubs.  Members should bring a bulb or bulbs for a "Bulb Swap".

Display of some of the grape juice and wine available for purchase.

Samples of muscadine grape juice being served to members .

Mr. Eddins, owner of the vineyards.

Laura Bodiford and an employee of the vineyard discussing wine choices.

(L to R) Dana Shinholster and Gail Touchton setting up our lunch.