By Angie Fenton
Photo by Josh Keown
One of my favorite date or girls night spots is River City Winery,
which is located in the historic Baer Building in downtown New
Albany. Owner Gary Humphrey restored the building and opened
to the public in 2009 – and there are plenty of reasons why his
business is still going strong. For starters: the wine. Produced
and bottled in the basement, the numerous varieties ensure
there’s something for every preference (I love the Chardonel).
Wine tastings and wine cellar tours are available.
The pet-friendly patio offers prime viewing of Bicentennial
Park and is a coveted locale in warm weather months. And,
despite it being a winery, kids are always welcome.
When it comes to food, River City Winery’s Brick Oven
Pizzas are delicious (try the Roasted Pear & Blue Cheese…my
mouth watered just typing that). The pies are 20 percent off
on Sunday and Tuesday and if you like ordering to share, the
Charcuterie Plate is always a hit. So, too, are the Hummus and
Classic Caprese Stack.
But – the must-try item on the menu is the Pan Seared Crab
Cake. I’ve yet to find a crab cake that can even halfway compare.
Cooked to perfection every single time, the massive cake comes
topped with black eyed pea corn salsa, Sriracha lime aioli and
cilantro, and is so visually beautiful, I always take a moment
(and a photo) to appreciate it before taking that first bite.
River City Winery is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through
Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
River City Winery
321 Pearl St.