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Birmingham - Bettola's New Sister, Lack of a Full-Time Sommelier, and Chocolate Block

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Birmingham - Bettola's New Sister, Lack of a Full-Time Sommelier, and Chocolate Block

deepfriedkudzu | | Aug 12, 2010 11:00 AM

The September issue of Food & Wine has an emphasis on Southern food; they mention that James Lewis of Bettola will soon be opening a restaurant in town where "he'll take advantage of his butchering techniques he picked up from Italian star Dario Cecchini. He'll offer small northern Italian plates and meat by the pound, including German-style sausages."

Can't *wait* for that.

What I found most interesting was an article about Birmingham lacking a full-time sommelier. Is that right? The author's research included:
Classic Wine Company in Homewood
Village Wine Shop in Mountain Brook
Western in Mountain Brook (had no idea they have a wine staff of *three*)
The Pig (maybe the one in Crestline, by La Paz?)
Hot and Hot
Cafe Dupont
Highlands

Didn't there used to be a sommelier at Copper Grill? Of course, Copper Grill hasn't existed for several years now.

One wine in particular that was mentioned in the article was Chocolate Block, and that some people call Village Wine Shop the "Chocolate Block store" and it was mentioned again as being a "regular" at Western in M'n Brook. I have a feeling someone at Whole Foods read this article because they were featuring Chocolate Block Wednesday in a nice display, and had it on sale at less than $30/bottle.

I'm not a "wine person" but am beginning to feel left out by never trying Chocolate Block, at one of Stitt's places or anywhere else. Anyone here have an opinion about it?

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Cafe Dupont
113 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

La Paz Restaurant
99 Euclid Ave, Birmingham, AL 35213

Bettola
2901 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

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