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Wines of Argentina!


Saturday, March 9th 12pm-3pm
Wines will be accompanied by a selection of cheeses,
crackers, artisan breads & olive oil.
The cost for one flight (a sample of each of the wines) will be $15.
Additional glass of wine – $5
No Split Tastes.

 

Stretching from the Andes to Patagonia, Argentina’s unique terroir lends to high quality wines. Formerly associated with inexpensive bulk wine but dramatically shifting focus from quantity to quality, Argentina is now the most important wine-producing country in South America. Join us as we taste handcrafted wines made by small and passionate grape growers practicing sustainable viticulture for generations!

1.Clara Benegas Chardonnay   $14.99

A crisp, unoaked chardonnay with a hint of Sauvignon Blanc coming from the cold region of Mendoza in the Uco Valley. Clear and bright with greenish hues. On the nose it is fragrant and elegant with fresh citrus aromas as well as fruit such as passion fruit, pineapple and white pear. Soft on the mouth with gentle acidity and a marked, pleasant aftertaste.

2. Finca Quara Felix Torrontes $9.99

Finca Quara wines are produced by Felix Lavaque who boast a 140 year history and 5 generations of winemakers.  They were the first to plant noble vines in Cafayate, Salta – location of the highest altitude vineyards in the world!

3.Henry Lagarde Malbec   $14.99

Intense scarlet red color. Persistent and complex aromas of ripe red fruit, jams, caramel, cocoa and vanilla. Excellent balance and good body. sweet and rounded tannins, long and persistent finish.

4. H.Canale Intimo Family Reserve $16.99

Intense garnet color, with purple nuances. On the nose, the ripe red berry notes complement subtle hints of vanilla and coconut, thanks to the careful oak ageing. This limited edition wine starts with the careful selection of grapes produced in 70-year old vineyards. The careful crafting of the wine is finalized with oak ageing in new French and Central European casks for 12 months.

5.Bodega El Porvenir Laborum Single Vineyard Tannat   $29.99

Floral notes as well as dark fruit with predominant blueberry and spices, and subtle aromas of smoke. Lots of fruit, middle to high structure due to the firm but velvety tannins. Long and persistent finish.

 

Purchase tickets: eventbrite ticket

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Vins de France!

Saturday, March 16th 12pm-3pm
Wines will be accompanied by a selection of cheeses,
crackers, artisan breads & olive oil.
The cost for one flight (a sample of each of the wines) will be $12.
Additional glass of wine – $5
No Split Tastes.

French wines come in a myriad of colors and styles. Sorting through the wines of France can be a daunting task, but wait there is a help! Here are some stellar French wines that are value-priced and eager to please the most discerning palate! No need to learn French to decipher the labels, just grab a wine glass and get ready to taste your way through the French wine country!

1.Domaine de la Bretonniere Muscadet 2017  $9.99- The Wildcard!

Winemaker Yves Bretonnière makes wonderfully classic Muscadet from his 30 acres of prime vineyard situated in the village of La Févrie. The wine is consistently fresh, crisp and dry with an almost biscuity quality. This, together with the grapefruit and lime flavour profile, makes this wine a perfect match for oysters, scallops and most shellfish.

2.Grande QV Chardonnay Coteaux Bourguignon 2016 $14.99

Ripe and creamy, this is an attractive wine that has forward apple, lemon and green-plum flavors. It’s a lightly textured, vanilla-touched wine that can be drunk now.

3.La Vigne du Roy Tavel Rose 2017  $14.99 (was $19.99)-Silvia’s Favorite

Black-plum, blueberry and strawberry flavors are exuberantly ripe in this juicy, full-bodied wine. Framed by soft tannins and bright but yielding acidity, it’s pleasantly forward and fruity, with a hint of mushroom and herbal complexity

4.Vignoerons du Mancey Bourgogne Rouge 2016 $17.99

The nose is very expressive and openshows aromas of red fruits, currant, cherry, cherries macerated in alcohol.The nose is very expressive and open. The attack on the palate is supple with nice fruits, always around the cherry core. It is a simple, delicate wine, at the very beginning of its evolution. Nice end of mouth while freshness. It is a very easy wine to drink

5.Chateau le Grand Verdus Bordeaux Superior Rouge 2015 $9.99

Treat yourself to this delicate, rounded, authentic wine around the family dinner table. This is a luscious, fruity wine with the aromas of fresh fruit, spices and liquorice. Supple palate and instantly pleasurable, this wine will improve over five years,

 

Wines will be accompanied by a selection of cheeses, crackers, artisanal breads &olive oil. The cost for one flight (a sample of each of the wines) will be $12.

 Purchase tickets: eventbrite ticket


Wines from recent wine tastings are still available to order at
the Refectory Wine Shop!

For each of our wine tastings, our wine experts put together a listing of 5-10 wines that are unique, delightful and affordable!

If you missed the tasting, you can still take advantage of the special selection and pricing of the wines
– just email us to place your order!

wineorder@refectory.com

Ten for Fifteen Tasting     Old World vs New World – February 20              Click Here!

Ten for Fifteen Tasting     Wines of Iberian Peninsula – January 14              Click Here!

Ten for Fifteen Tasting     New Month – New Wines – October 15            Click Here!

Ten for Fifteen Tasting     Thank You for Being A Blend – September 24        Click Here!

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Saturday Samplings   Wine & Food Challenge! – March  2         Click Here!

Saturday Samplings    West Coast Wine Experience! – February 23    Click Here!

Saturday Samplings   France…off the beaten path! – February 16    Click Here!

Saturday Samplings   Latin Lovers! – February 9    Click Here!    

Saturday Samplings   Que Syrah, Syrah! – February 2    Click Here!

Saturday Samplings   Wines of Chile! – January 26  Click Here!

Saturday Samplings   Wines of Israel! – January 19      Click Here!

Saturday Samplings   Vins de France! –  January 12      Click Here!

Saturday Samplings    West Coast Wine Trail! – January 5      Click Here!

 


“Refectory to debut new Wine Shop
with 100 labels at all price points”

June 14, 2017   |   Dan Eaton, Columbus Business First

As several area wine retailers — most notably The Andersons — have closed, a Columbus dining institution that knows a thing or two about vino is uncorking a new business.

The Refectory is opening a small retail wine shop in its 1092 Bethel Road restaurant that its owner thinks can grow to something bigger.

“It’s going to start off very humbly in our lobby,” owner Kamal Boulos told me Wednesday. “If it catches on in the way we hope, we will add on to the building. We already have some preliminary plans.”

He expects the shop to open in July.

“Over the years we’ve built a reputation for being known for wine,” Boulos said. “It’s clearly a world we live in. We have relationships, we have the research, the knowledge.”

The restaurant has been honored by Wine Spectator with a Best of Award of Excellence every year since 2003 for its more than 600 bottle wine cellar. It is the only Central Ohio restaurant to hold that honor. It has a reputation with and connections to wineries and distributors from all around the world as well, he noted.

There certainly could be wine fans looking for a new place to shop. The Andersons, which was noted for its wine department, closed its stores in Dublin and off Brice Road. The Wine Bistro in Clintonville and Tutto Vino in Dublin are two other wine bars/stores that are now gone.

The benefit to The Refectory has been more direct than a reduction in potential competition. The four wine racks that will make up the initial shop all were purchased from The Andersons. It also hired Silvia Silver, sommelier and wine buyer for The Andersons Inc., to run its shop.

“We’ve been able to add staff,” Boulos said. “We were able to look at and buy racks in person without having to go on the internet. The racks (from The Andersons) were actually built by a guy who worked in the garden center.”

Boulos said they expect to carry more than 100 different wines at first spanning price points and styles.

“We don’t want people to think we’ll only have expensive wines,” he said. “While we’ll have that, we’ll have value wines, we’ll have closeouts. We’ll still do events at a variety of price points.”

Retail sales aren’t totally new to the business. Customers are able to buy bottles from the restaurant during its wine tasting events, which range from its 10 for $10 tastings to its Winemaker Dinners. The restaurant also has assisted customers in wine purchases for events, even ones The Refectory didn’t cater.

“This is making the activities we do in a small way more public,” Boulos said. “You don’t need a special relationship with us to purchase wine. You don’t need to dress up. If you want to dine here in the bistro or the restaurant, that’s great, but you don’t have to.”

While a retail wine shop makes for a natural business extension, the final driver of the decision was more emotional. Long-time General Manager Jeff Elasky died in 2016.

“Jeff and I talked about this for years,” Boulos said. “He was the architect of our list. He really took it over the top. When he passed in October 2016, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go on with anything, to be honest. But when I got my head on right, I wanted to see this come to fruition.”