Summer’s just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time for a refreshing beverage. Our beverage of choice for the summer is Rosé, and apparently, New Orleans agrees. Throughout the summer months, indulge in Rosé and wine specials at some of our favorite NOLA restaurants and bars. Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy as New Orleans slows down for the summer.
Inside International House’s Loa Bar, “Spirit Handler” Alan Walter has found an eye-catching way to marry design and summer’s favorite wine. Inspired by two dozen shades of pink Pantone squares, three Rosé selections are offered daily and highlighted with a lipstick kiss to mark that day’s featured stems. Enjoy Rosé from Sonoma to Spain, Portugal to Provence, Oregon to South Africa, and more throughout the summer.
Stop in daily for new selections. Enjoy a glass for $9 or a flight of three for $14.
Held at Commander’s Palace throughout the summer, Sips of Summer is perfect for those looking to learn about many different types of wine in one evening. Taste and learn about 40 different wines while enjoying bites from Chef Tory McPhail’s kitchen. Swirl Wine Bar & Market will be on hand to help you stock up on any wine you fancy, so you can enjoy your selections well beyond the summer.
Sips of Summer takes place monthly, on the following dates: Wednesday, June 19, Wednesday, July 17, and Wednesday, August 21. The price is $49.
One of downtown’s newest wine pubs is hosting a monthly summer dinner series featuring elevated, regional cuisine paired with international, top-tier wines. Past menus have included cold smoked scallop carpaccio paired with David Arthur Chardonnay and Reynolds Family Chardonnay, dry aged Manhattan filet paired with Reynolds Family Estate Cabernet, and raspberry and white chocolate bread pudding paired with Reynolds Family Late Harvest Chardonnay.
Dinners are monthly, each with a special theme. Thursday, June 13’s dinner will feature wine from Cloudy Bay Vineyards and the theme “Sail Away with Cloudy Bay.” Thursday, July 18’s dinner will coincide with Tales of the Cocktail. Saturday, August 17’s dinner is a Rosé Soirée, and 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit Dress for Success New Orleans. Tickets are $55 per person, including tax and gratuity.
Celebrating white wines from France, the 2019 Summer Wine Festival will feature live musical entertainment, over ten different food vendors and six different spirit and beer vendors, and giveaways.
The festival is on Saturday, June 22 at Canal Place and tickets are $65.
Each evening in Galatoire’s Summer Wine Dinner Series will feature a different vineyard, including Hall & Walt Vineyard, Daou Vineyard, and various Rosé selections. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Phillip Lopez and wines will be selected by Sommelier René Sudduth.
Dinners are held monthly, on June 13, July 25, and August 29. Tickets are $175 for the first two dinners and $125 for the third.
Sample seven different wines form the Russian White River Valley at Deutsches Haus on Friday, July 12. Each wine will be paired with a different cheese during this event.
Tickets are $50.
Enjoy a tour of Brennan’s wine cellar complete with a wine tasting and bar snacks.
The tours run every Thursday through August beginning on July 13. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.
Taste over 25 wines from nine female German and Austrian producers at Martin Wine Cellar on Friday, June 21. While sampling wines, small bites and snacks will be served.
Tickets are $20.
Learn how the bubbles in sparkling wine are made with this event at Effervescence. The lineup will explore prosecco, crémant, pét-nat, grower Champagne, and more.
Tickets are $45 and the event is Sunday, June 9.
Polish & Vino
Unwind with a glass of house punch or wine while getting pampered with a manicure from Paint’d at Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar.
Tickets are $20 and the event is from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25.
Gris-Gris Summer Wine & Spirits Series
Stop by Gris Gris this summer for their Wine & Spirits Series. Tastings will be held July 18, July 31, August 14, and August 28. Each date will feature a different wine or spirit, including Rosé, sparkling wine, and cocktails.
Tickets are $35 and spots are limited.
If you just can’t get enough this summer, stop into one of these New Orleans Wine Bars for even more wine tastings.