Written by: Steve Stover
Date: August 21, 2013

A selection of Summer Rose wines

Rose wines have come into their own over the last 10 to 15 years, and they are far more interesting than any “pink” wines of the past. Photo by Steve Stover.

In the “dog days” of summer, and well into September, there is nothing better than to sit on the porch, patio, or deck and sip a glass of chilled white or rose wine. “Summer wines” are light, fun to drink, and easy on the wine budget.

Here is a quick overview of some summer wines I recommend.

Rose wines have come into their own over the last 10 to 15 years, and they are far more interesting than any “pink” wines of the past. They are even making an impression with even the most serious wine lovers.

The most famous rose wines come from France, Tavel in the Rhone area in the South of France, and Spain. A few recommendations, the first two are imported by local importer Patrick Allen of United Estates, who specializes in of hand-crafted, estate-bottled wines from the South of France:

  • Château Virgile from Costières de Nîmes region. Grapes: 90 percent Grenache, 10 percent Syrah $12.99
  • Domaine de Barroubio from the Minervois region. Grapes: 50 percent Syrah, 50 percent Grenache $8.99 and $12.99
  • Domaine Sainte Eugenie from the Corbieres region. $11.99
  • Charles & Charles from Washington’s Columbia Valley. $12.99
  • Brugioni Vineyard Pinot Blanc from California’ Sonoma. $19.99

Summer Whites
There is an amazing array of tasty white wines for less than $15. Some of my current favorites include:

  • Château Virgile – Costières de Nîmes, Blanc from Southern France, a blend of grapes that is food friendly. $12.99
  • Albarino – Burgans, Martin Codax popular Spanish white, goes well with food. About $15
  • Sauvignon Blanc, especially from California and New Zealand. Prices vary

All of these wines are available at Anderson’s, or ask your local wine seller, such as Twisted Vine, Spagio Cellars, and Gentile’s.

  • shrimlock

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    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
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  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

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  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.