Culture in a cup!

June 28, 2013

Seeing as The Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce consists of over 1,000 members we frequently get to interact with wonderful business owners and workers in our city. One of the highlights of working with business owners is getting to be a part of a ribbon cutting. As we rejoice with the opening of a new business or as we celebrate a business entering new season, pride and joy rings through both the business and our staff.

Over the years Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce has had the honor of being part of hundreds of ribbon cuttings, open houses, grand opening and business anniversaries. This past Tuesday we were at The Wine Cellar and Copper Pot Kitchen collaboration, for an open house. Have you been inside The Wine Cellar? The moment you walk in you feel at home. With the aroma of wine and cheese it seemingly inevitable that you’ll feel relaxed. As you walk around, the room is organized into different genres of wine and each bottle has an explanation of the make, year, and where it was made. Whether you are a well seasoned wine connoisseur or you simply fancy a simple glass of wine with dark chocolate, The Wine Cellar has literally hundreds of top notch options from which to choose.

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Not only does The Wine Cellar serve up elegant wines, but the manager, Ashley Tarver, is a personable and inviting individual. Tarver managers The Wine Cellar and owns Copper Pot Kitchen known for serving “elegant worldly food with a Spanish flare and Southern twist,” as she likes to say. Although being raised in Vestavia Hills, Tarver went to Rhodes College with a major in Spanish Language and Literature. She went to cooking school in Buenos Aires, Argentina and then trained professionally as a chef for two years in San Sebastian, Spain. To say she knows elegant worldly food is an understatement! Tarver started her business in December 2012. We had the pleasure of tasting some of her own creations at the open house and yes they were just as delicious as you are probably imagining. Since Tarver started to manage The Wine Cellar she has brought her new line of infused olive oils and has provided food for their Friday night wine tastings. Both of which are a huge hit!

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                                                       *All photos taken by Deloye Burrell

For Tarver, drinking a glass of wine is much more than simply partaking of a tasteful drink. She sees winemaking and tasting as connecting you to the rest of the world in an intimate and organic way. Tarver explained, “Every time you pour a glass of wine you are traveling to the place the wine was grown and learning about it.” In short, it’s culture in a glass.

We felt honored to be part of this open house and were thankful for Dan Meadows and Werner Biersdorfer who own The Wine Cellar. We would recommend coming in to The Wine Cellar on Friday evenings during their FREE wine tastings from 5-6:30pm. It’s a wonderful way to try different types of wines and become acquainted with the tastes of various cultures. If you want any more information about either of these two companies you can call The Wine Cellar at: (205) 979-2151 or connect with them via Facebook!