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Saturday Samplings!


Top Picks of 2018!


Saturday, December 8th  12pm-3pm

We recently polled a few of our best customers to find out what their favorites wines are.
So join us to try these wines (great prices too!) and let us know what YOU think!

One flight (sample of each wine)  $12
no split tastes

The Wines 

Dreyer Seabiscuit Ranch Chardonnay, California, 2014     $21.99
Packed with concentrated fruit flavors, this Chardonnay demonstrates the intensity that results from sustainable natural farming and mindful winemaking techniques.

Solena Pinot Gris, Oregon 2016   $14.99    
Crisp and light with notes of ripe apricot, pineapple, fresh baked bread, and white floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle.

Chateau de Respide Graves, France 2014   $14.99
Château de Respide is one of the oldest wine-growing Château of the Graves area. Built during the 17th century, with a Louis XIII Style, it was the property of Monsieur De la Reynie, lieutenant of the King Louis XIV. Bright and lively in colour with fresh forest fruit aromas. Complex red berry flavours, lifted acidity and great length.

La Font de l’Olivier Carignan Vieilles Vignes, France,2015    $18.99          The Wildcard!
Located off the banks of the Thongue River, La Font de L’Olivier grows very old vine Carignan (between 75-140 years of age) in villefranche soils that are a mixture of rich clay and lime. A complex nose of spice, exotic wood and black raspberry followed by a palate of dark fruit and pepper. The finish is fruity yet tannic with lots of minerality and cedar.

Muga Reserva Rioja, Spain,2014   $34.99          Silvia’s Favorite!
On the palate, there is a full mouth-feel with slightly mentholated nuances and white chocolate. The vanilla reappears and the red-berry fruit aromas found on the nose persist, with an elegant acidity which makes the aftertaste long.

Sample five wines accompanied by
a selection of cheeses, canapes, artisan breads & olive oil.

One flight (sample of each wine)  $12
no split tastes

No reservations required. Cash only please.


Made in Moldova!



Saturday, December 15th  12pm-3pm

Have you ever had a wine from Moldova?

Do you even know where Moldova is?

The landlocked, former Soviet-bloc nation is located between Romania to its west and Ukraine to its north, east and south.

Decades ago, Moldova was known within the Soviet Union for making that country’s best wine. In the past few years, several new, privately owned wineries have opened up and raised the bar; the best of these offer overnights with lavish meals and tastings.

Moldova has the greatest density of vineyards in the world, cultivates indigenous varietals like Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Neagra, Rara Neagra, Traminer, and Saperavi.

One flight (sample of each wine)  $12
no split tastes


The Wines 

Cricova Crisecco        $10.99
Pale lemon coloration with creamy & persistent richness; floral notes with hints of peach, apple, pear & crisp accents of citrus, followed by a rich and lingering finish.
90% Festeasca Alba, 10% Muscat

Castel Mimi Feteasca Alba        $11.99
An easy and elegant wine that declares at first its nuances of greenish yellow citrus aromas, then it gradually opens to fresh notes of a pleasantly fragrant apricot taste, with a discreet acidity.

Fautor Chardonnay        $19.99
Love Cali Chard? This a must try for you! Citrus-mineral, refreshingly crisp and herbaceous, with a nuanced woody accent. This is a silky and sharp wine at the same time, with a great overall balance between fruit, barrique and minerality.

Timbrus Rara Neagra       $19.99   ~ The Wildcard!
Elegant delicate red wine, very light in color, pomegranate with lush tears. Ripe floral nose with black roses and violets with stewed prunes and juniper jam, and dried spice. Velvety smooth taste onset, elegant and balanced with super soft tannins, light yet ripe in the very fruity retro.

Timbrus Saperavi         $19.99
Deep ruby color and pleasant aromas of black and red fruit. It tastes of ripe black and red cherries, prunes and figs, tones of leather and a hint of roses. The taste is full and firm, with a subtle bitterness and earthy tones of leather and wood.

Chateau Vartely Tarabostes Red Blend       $24.99
Taraboste was the name given by the Romans to the Geto-Dacian Aristocrats. Chateau Vartely chose this name in order to illustrate the original nobility of the wine. Along with an elegant aroma, this wine is distinguished by notes of black cherries with nuances of nuts and cigar box, altogether contributing to an exceptional quality and taste.

Sample six wines accompanied by

a selection of cheeses, canapes, artisan breads & olive oil.

One flight (sample of each wine)  $12
no split tastes

No reservations required. Cash only please.

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!

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

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

Ten for Ten Tasting    Off The Beaten Path – September 10               Click Here!


Saturday Samplings   Wines for the Feast! – November 17    Click Here!

Saturday Samplings   Mediterranean Wine Cruise! – November 10     Click Here!

Saturday Samplings   VINO ITALIANO! – November 3      Click Here!

Saturday Samplings   Hallo-Wine! – October 27       Click Here

Saturday Samplings   Pinots: A love story! – October 20       Click Here

Saturday Samplings   Australia: d’Arenberg Winery – October 13       Click Here

Saturday Samplings   California Wine Country – October 6      Click Here

Saturday Samplings   Wine, Lennon and Song – September 29        Click Here

Saturday Samplings   Spain – September 22         Click Here

Saturday Samplings   Around the World – September 15         Click Here

Saturday Samplings   Vino Italiano – September 8          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.”