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.

  • Anthony J. Salamon

    Silent Woman…Main Street..Whitehall…Just east of the Lavender Pussycat.

    Also, Ciao Restaurant in Upper Arlington, Emerson’s Steak House..Bexley.. All you can eat steak on Thursday..

    Dancing…Charlie Bear’s..East Side…Dixie Electric, West Side, Ciro’s…Bexley

    Others…Sandy’s Hamburgers, Havana..Short North

  • Regular Joe

    What about the Salty Seaman on Weber/Hudson?

  • shmoopatties

    The Red Bull was on OLD Henderson Rd, not Henderson Rd. My first job was salad bar attendant there. Additionally, Big Bite and Backyard Burgers were a couple of Fast Food joints that got their start in Columbus.