On Wine: Expert Recommendations for Summertime Sipping

The Owners of Accent by Veritas, Law Bird and Coast Wine House share six bottles you should be drinking this summer in Central Ohio.

Erin Edwards
Columbus Monthly
Gregory Stokes at Accent by Veritas in Downtown Columbus

It’s a good summer to be a wine drinker. The attractive new wine shop from sommelier Gregory Stokes, Accent by Veritas, is expected to open soon; in June, Law Bird reopened for in-person revelry; and Coast Wine House is offering the chance to “travel” to Italy through its pop-up Osteria. The owners of these local wine spots shared six bottles you should be drinking this summer.

Gregory Stokes, Accent by Veritas 

49 N. High St., Downtown


2020 The Withers Rosé, Mourvèdre 

Region: Sierra Foothills, California 

How it drinks: “This has been the go-to rosé in my household for the last couple of years. It is an homage to the legendary rosés of Domaine Tempier and is similarly structured. It’s bright, fresh, with enough complexity that it ages for years (if you can keep your hands off it).” 

Pairs well with: bouillabaisse and paella 

Retail price: $25 

Fruity White 

2016 Kiralyudvar Furmint Sec, Furmint 

Region: Tokaji, Hungary 

How it drinks: “This has long been a fan-favorite at Veritas. It is made from Hungary’s signature white grape, furmint, from the legendary dessert wine region of Tokaji. It is rich and full-bodied with lots of apricot and honey, while not being too sweet.” 

Pairs well with: Indian takeout 

Retail price: $24 

Dustin Snow, Coast Wine House 

75 S. High St., Dublin

Patio Red 

2019 Della Staffa Litrò Rosso, Sangiovese/Ciliegiolo 

Region: Umbria, Italy 

How it drinks: “Medium body, light tannin, tangy, crunchy sour-cherries, subtle smokiness. All natural. Best enjoyed chilled. Pro tip: Throw it on ice right next to your waters, beers and seltzers.” 

Pairs well with: “[It] has just enough structure to stand up to some classic summer patio food, so leave an open hand for a hot dog.” 

Retail price: $26 (1 Liter) 


2019 Bisol “Jeio” Prosecco Rosé Brut, Glera/Pinot Nero 

Region: Veneto, Italy 

How it drinks: “Prosecco Rosé is actually a new designation. Thanks to an antiquated Italian wine law (IMHO), you haven’t been able to label pink prosecco as rosé until now. This is a super light and refreshing rosé with a lovely effervescence. It’s packed with bright, mouthwatering acidity, orange blossoms and strawberries.” 

Pairs well with: “Sunshine and summer; or a fresh salad, if you’re into ‘traditional’ pairings” 

Retail price: $18 

Luke Pierce, Law Bird 

740 S. High St., Brewery District 

Funky Red 

2018 Radikon RS18, Merlot/Pignoli 

Region: Friuli, Italy 

How it drinks: “It’s unfiltered, zero-added-sulfer, biodynamic and no intervention. It’s got some weird aromatics going on right when you open the bottle, so let it breathe for a bit. You’ll experience the aromatics completely changing in a matter of minutes. On the palate the wine is full of minerality and soft fruits.” 

Pairs well with: “Anticipation of a good meal. Drink this wine on either side of a meal and take your time with it. It’ll change in the glass over the course of an hour or two.” 

Retail price: $38

Related:Law Bird finds a home for its cocktail and wine carry-out shop

Orange Wine 

2020 Amplify Wines Mixtape White, Chenin Blanc/Riesling/Gewürztraminer/Viognier 

Region: Santa Barbara County, California 

How it drinks: “Incredibly versatile. This wine has some great aromatics reminiscent of tropical fruit and flowers. It’s totally dry and due to the skin contact it’s got good structure, but is still nimble enough to be drunk on its own or with food.” 

Pairs well with: “A hunk of cheese on a patio” 

Retail Price: $28