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RED or WHITE
WINE & GOURMET CENTER

323-A De La Mare Ave.
Fairhope, Alabama 36532
(251) 990-0003
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RED or WHITE
WINE & GOURMET CENTER

1801 Old Shell Road
Mobile, Alabama 36607
(251) 478-9494

OWNERS: Randy and Sherri Williams


Until about eight years ago, there was really not a good place to buy fine wines at a reasonable price in southern Alabama.  You could always travel to New Orleans to get a large selection of wines, but this was not a suitable solution.  As luck would have it, Randy K.Williams had been the sales manager for a fine wine company out of Atlanta for quite a number of years and definitely “knew his wines”.

Being a native Californian was a perfect beginning.  During his college years at The University of Washington in Seattle, Randy was a bartender at an upscale restaurant.
He would occasionally fill-in for his friend, the sommelier, at the restaurant.  By way of thanks, the friend educated Randy sip by sip in the art of wine tasting and wine selection.  After college, Randy “ditched” his banking degree and became a representative for a large wine company in the West.  During his wine rep travels, he met and married Sherri who was an airline attendant and most importantly a native of Mobile, Alabama.

Twenty years and two young sons later, in 2003, they opened RED or WHITE WINE & GOURMET CENTER in Fairhope, Alabama.  Then, several years later, they opened a second shop in Mobile, Alabama.  

Randy studies all of the newest wine literature and also keeps abreast of the industry through his wholesale wine reps and gurus.  He usually brings in 4 to 5 new wines every week.  In talking with him, I was amazed to learn that red wines are 65 to 70% more popular than white wines for both men and women!  Well, it only stands to reason - my doctor says that a little red wine is particularly good for a body.  Now that, tops my all-time-excuses for going to RED or WHITE!   

RED or WHITE has an interesting concept - racks of over 600 bottles of fine wines, both foreign and domestic to allow you to make your own selections to stock your cellar or your wine rack.  If you prefer, Randy or his staff will recommend wines to suit you or make a suggestion for a gift.  RED or WHITE also features fine olive oils, many artisan cheeses, unique wine accessories, a dozen wines served by the glass in elegant wineglasses, and bottles of wines to be decanted there to serve yourself at your table.  There are small bistro tables and chairs, “cushy” sofas to sink deep into, while sipping a glass of vino, or a private back room for larger parties.   Add a little lighting ambiance and wonderful aromas coming from the bistro to make a grand evening or a luncheon afternoon with friends.  

Randy and Sherri do not want a full restaurant, but have added a chef to their staff to prepare their food offerings.  Choose a red or a white wine cheese board with Manchego, Pecorino, Mobay Mobier, Mimolette or other cheeses.  Or, a sampler board with a Ravioli pot of wild mushroom ravioli in roasted red pepper cream sauce, Bruschettas, warm mixed olives, a wedge of cheese, and thinly sliced Italian cured meats.   Perhaps you would enjoy a handmade, thin-crust small pizza, or an antipasto, chicken or vegetable board.  You can add roasted walnuts, almonds & pecans or beef Carpaccio on a baby greens salad with shaved Pecorino cheese.  I absolutely must stop now; I’m starving!

When in South Alabama, make an extra special date to visit either or both RED or WHITE WINE & GOURMET CENTERS.  Fairhope and Mobile are VERY lucky that Sherri found that “Wine Guy” wandering around out West and brought him to south Alabama!

CHEERS!  SALUTE!  L’CHAIM!   SALUD!  A VOTRE SANTE!  KAMPAI! SLAINTE!   ZUM WHOL!   NIEN NIEN!   SKAAL!   JAMAS!   PROSIT!
MUD IN YOUR EYE!

 

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