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Refectory Wine Shop

Saturday Samplings!


Saturday, June 23rd   12pm-3pm

Wine can do a lot of things- it can entice or seduce or offer comfort. It can make joyous occasions even more festive but above all wine must always refresh. This week we will taste thirst quenchers, or,as the French say-“Vins de soif”, which essentially means easy drinking wines that are measured not by their complexity, length or ageability but by the joy and refreshment they provide!

The Wines

Michel Fonne Pinot Blanc, Alsace  $15.99 – the Wildcard!
Well-rounded yet delicate, combines freshness and softness, representing the happy medium in the range of Alsace wines. Perfect with most foods (seafood, country buffets), cold starters (melon and parma ham, chargrilled vegetables with olive oil).

Chateau l’Ermitage Blanc, Costieres de Nimes $11.99
88 p Decanter. This is an attractive and energetic example with hints of honeysuckle emerging on the nose and mouth. It is broad, fresh and silky on the palate.

Domaine Mas Therese Bandol Rose  $18.99 – Silvia’s Favorite!
The Gantelme family has run this vineyard since 1908. In this vintage, the blend allows room for the structure of the Mourvèdre along with the ripe accessible fruits of Grenache and Cinsault. It is a rich wine, full of red-berry flavors and with a food-friendly structure

Le P’tit Spencer, Corbieres  $13.99
A juicy blend of Carignan (50%), Mourvèdre (20%), Syrah (15%) and Grenache (15%). Deep red in color with sweet plum fruit and a delightful mineral overlay on the nose. The wine is medium-bodied with supple berry fruit, notes of spice and garrigue. It smooth with soft tannins and a long, juicy finish.

Domaine La Gardette, Ventoux  $9.99
Medium to full-bodied, polished, silky and with no hard edges, it has classic Southern Rhone notes of Provencal spices, garrigue, licorice and ripe black raspberries.

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.


“La Vie en Rosé”
Rosé Wine Festival!

Saturday, June 30th   12pm-3pm

If summer were in a glass it would definitely be in the form of a rosé wine!
Join us and taste refreshing rosés from all over the world –
carefully selected for you for our Rosé Wine Festival!

The Wines

Gratien & Meyer Cremant de Loire Rose, France, $14.99 – Silvia’s Favorite!

Marchesini Chiaretto Rosato, Italy, $13.99

Chateau Gassier Esprit Gassier, France, $17.99

Mulderbosch Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa, $10.99

St. Supery Rose, California, $13.99

Elouan Pinot Noir Rose, Oregon, $17.99

Domaine Mejan Taulier Tavel Rose, France $19.99

Domaine Petroni Rose, France, $15.99

Reserve de la Saurine Rose,France, $9.99

Muga Rose, Spain, $16.99

Guigal CDR Rose, France, $16.99

Revelry Rose, Washington State, $16.99


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

One flight (sample of each wine) – $20 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 Ten Tasting    Best for your Budget – January 8              Click Here

Ten for Ten Tasting    French Favorites – January 15                      Click Here

Ten for Ten Tasting    Old World Favorites – February 26              Click Here


Saturday Samplings   A Beautiful World of Blends – January 6     Click Here

Saturday Samplings   Italian 80’s Throwback – January 13 Click Here

Saturday Samplings   Cabin Fever – January 20                              Click Here

Saturday Samplings   Legends of Southern France – Feb 24            Click Here

Saturday Samplings   California Dreamin’ – March 3                        Click Here

Saturday Samplings   McNab Ridge Winery – March 10                    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 last year.

“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 last October, 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.”