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Saturday Samplings!

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Intro to Australia & New Zealand Wines!

Saturday, September 23   12pm-3pm

Kangaroo & Kiwi Wines!  These wines come from the lands down under, and are a ton of fun.  There are a lot of reasons to get to know Aussie wines and their Kiwi neighbors from New Zealand – they’re fun, they’re often great values, they represent a wide range of grape varietals, and many of the wines are fantastic.  This tasting will introduce you to some of the wines that have made Australia & New Zealand serious places for wine lovers to hunt for great bargains!

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

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

No reservations required. Cash only please.

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Meet & Greet with Patrick Allen of United Estates!

Saturday, September 30   12pm-3pm

United Estates Wine Imports Ltd. is a company dedicated to importing handcrafted, high-quality wines, from artisan estates in France.

Before starting their business, Ohio natives Patrick and Connie Allen spent many years living in France and New York. During that time they worked for many major players in the wine business including Becky Wasserman, Neal Rosenthal, William Deutsch, and Michael Skurnik. Their goal was to establish an importing company dedicated to promoting French country wines from villages far off the beaten track.

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

One flight (sample of each wine) – $15  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!

wineorder@refectory.com

Ten for Ten Tasting   Italy-From Tip to Toe –  August 1                Click Here

Ten for Ten Tasting   A Taste of Spain – August 10                        Click Here

Ten for Ten Tasting   West Coast Wine Tour –  August 15             Click Here

Ten for Ten Tasting   Best 10 Wines Under $10 –  August 21         Click Here

Ten for Ten Tasting   Italy & Co. –  August 30                                  Click Here

Ten for Ten Tasting   Mediterranean Cruise –  September 7          Click Here

Saturday Samplings   Off the Beaten Path –  August 12                  Click Here

Saturday Samplings   Summer in Provence –  August 19               Click Here

Saturday Samplings   Close Out Wines – August 26                           Click Here

Saturday Samplings   California Dreamin’ – September 2              Click Here

Saturday Samplings   Macedonia Wine Country – September 9    Click Here

Saturday Samplings   California Dreamin’ II – September 16        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.”