90 Point Score for our 2017 Chardonnay!
March 18, 2020
Southern Roots 2017 Carneros Chardonnay received a 90 point score from the Beverage Tasting Institute.
October 09, 2019
The Oprah Magazine named our Southern Roots Rosè one of the top 25 affordable wines to impress your guests at Thanksgiving. You’ll want to order yours now before word gets out.
April 13, 2019
Discover, taste and celebrate the unique terroir found in Coombsville wines! Join us on April 13th for this Inaugural Spring Event! Southern Roots will be pouring alongside other Coombsville wineries. Proceeds will support Puertas Abiertas, a non profit organization working hand in hand with the Latinos to inspire and achieve healthy living, self-sufficiency, and community engagement.
August 01, 2019
Learn more about the inspiration for Southern Roots and the enduring connection between two families that made this dream a reality. It's in the August issue of Business Alabama.
Southern Roots Cabernet Sauvignon wins gold in 2018 wine awards
April 02, 2018
The Southern Roots 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded 'Gold' at the 2018 International Wine Competition at the Hilton Head Food & Wine Festival. Judges for the International Wine Competition assessed hundred of entries from all over the world. The festival’s judges were hand selected for their expertise and contributions to the food and beverage industry. In addition, all of the judges hold a certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Society of Wine Educators, International Sommelier Guild, or Wine and Spirits Education Trust (with many holding more than one certification).
Two Birmingham families partner to form new winery
February 19, 2018
Wines from Coombsville are known for a more “old world” taste, according to veteran wine maker Rudy Zuidema. The cool temperatures of the area, near Napa Valley, California, allow grapes to ripen slowly and develop their flavors.
What these wines are not typically known for is a connection to the Birmingham area. Inverness residents Frank and Janet O’Neil, along with former Mountain Brook residents Rob and Fran Francis, however, are working to bridge that gap.
After the Wildfires, Low-Key Coombsville Offers a Different Napa Valley
November 19, 2017
Now that the smoke has cleared in the Napa Valley and across the wine regions of California, vintners are back to doing what they do best: making and selling wine. The devastation across the 29-mile strip that comprises the Napa Valley varies, with some regions looking almost unscathed and others razed. Opinions on how exactly to rebuild diverge as well. The local and global wine community agrees on one thing, however. The best way to support this aching region is to support its wines and wineries.
Coombsville Comes of Age - Napa's Newest AVA
February 05, 2018
John Caldwell’s voice echoes in the caves below his vineyard: “Coombsville is in play!”
He’s marveling at how this once-sleepy part of Napa Valley has become not only its newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), approved in 2011, but also a hotbed of critical attention.
That’s something Caldwell never imagined in 1974, when he bought his property. Coombsville was, according to him, “the low-rent area of Napa.”
Off the Trail Exploring the Cabernets of Coombsville
December 22, 2011
For the first two days I toured Coombsville, an out of the way appellation-to-be just east of the town of Napa, I didn’t see the sun. I didn’t see the hills for which it is known, or the extinct volcano, Mt. George, which is usually visible from just about every vineyard parcel in the area. I couldn’t see the bay that’s said to influence the climate dramatically, or, really, much of the vineyards. I saw fog mainly, a moody backdrop to the Tulocay Cemetery, dripping from the oaks and Spanish moss, the fragrant bay laurel and madrone, giving the whole place a gothic, gloomy feel. If Tim Burton had a notion to plant cabernet, this might be the place where he’d do it.