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Monday, 12 March 2018

Mad County Wine

The other day, as Benno was piling up a dinner platter with a heap of scrumptiously looking and delicious smelling cuts of barbecued pork loins that he had just grilled, I put one piece aside to give to our neighbor, Michael, to taste.  Michael’s newly bestowed BBQ had already passed the test of 4 grilled quarter pounders for his lite lunch earlier that day but I thought a guy like him could still use some extra nourishment.
Not long after we’d eaten we heard a knock on our door. Michael returned the now empty plate and said that he told his girlfriend (a nurse) of his new BBQ and that the difference from his old one to this was like moving up from an old “Hyundai Pony to a Mercedes Benz.” In appreciation for our gesture he brought us a Huckleberry Wine made right here in Alabama. 

Of course we just had to open the jar right away to have a sip and to savor this wine. I’ve never drank anything like this and by looking at the label with its description of 20% alcohol content it should have been an indication of what to expect. Thankfully we had full tummies after our dinner because after I swallowed a mouthful I thought it would knock me off my feet.  If you’ve ever visited a distillery you know they give you samples of the pure stuff and that is very similar as to this wine.  Good wine for sure, but stiff with a lot of zing I need to dilute it with some ice cubes, perhaps.

Later on my curiosity brought me to the website of the Mad County Winery and the story of how their fruit wines evolved. They do admit though that the wines are “Not for the weak or timid.”  I have included the link to their "story" if you are interested. It’s a good read.

Yesterday morning was a very mild day but with an overcast sky. Never the less we though we take a trip into Foley to visit the Railroad Museum and perhaps swing by the Alligator Farm as well.  As it turned out, the museum is closed on Sundays so we only walked around the area and took photos of the parked locomotive and its couple of wagons with their last red one being that of the caboose with it’s cupola.  At the back of the old station museum was a replica of the train, which would be a delight to look at for our grandkids.

We will be going back on another day to pay a visit to the museum and its model train exhibits. 

As it turned out our visit to see the Alligators being fed wasn’t of good timing either. We arrived just shortly after the first feeding time and decided to come back later in the day for another feeding show. 

Unfortunately a short while later the sky really darkened up. The following downpour was so enormous that we fled into the legendary Foley Flea Market building to escape those floods and to browse the massive collection of antiques.  Nothing we needed though.

To return to the Alligator farm we put off for a nice and sunny day. However, there were cattle and a donkey next to the fenced-in Alligator compound and those creatures didn’t mind to pose for a picture.

Today it is quite breezy and much cooler than yesterday. I think we will enjoy reading our books today and to stay put. Hoping you all had a good day and I am looking forward of meeting you here again.


  1. Very cool Winery but sounds like I'd need some ice or some sparkly soda too.
    Love the long horns!

  2. That sounds like a very tasty fortified wine. Gonna have to give it try.
    Love the golf shores and Foley area so much to see and do.

    1. You are right there is lots to see. Waiting for a little warmer weather to hit the trails. I just have to remember to take a camera with me.

  3. Interesting wine. 20% dictated drinking it on moderation on a full stomach.

    1. I suspect the alcohol content might be higher than it is labeled. I could not master a full glass of it. It could be consumed like an after dinner liquor.