A Toast to Summer: Our Afternoon at Rockside Winery and Vineyards

As the mercury soared into the mid-90s, we found ourselves seeking refuge from the sweltering heat and discovered a delightful oasis at Rockside Winery and Vineyards in Lancaster, Ohio. The winery, known for its scenic views and robust selection, beckoned us for an afternoon of indulgence.

Despite the allure of ample outdoor seating where some guests basked in the sun, we opted for the cooler comforts of the indoor tasting room. Rockside’s offering of tasting flights—a collection of five 2-ounce samples for a mere $12—promised a journey through their extensive selection. On this particularly torrid day, I, a usual connoisseur of dry reds, found myself swayed towards the refreshing whites. My flight included the crisp Rockmill, the light Cavu, the aromatic Great Southern, the delightful Rose’ Window, and the unique Vino Al Choccolato.

Meanwhile, my companion, with a palate favoring hops over grapes, selected a local IPA from Rockside’s tap offerings. As we sipped and savored, the wines spoke of the vineyard’s dedication to viticulture and the craft of winemaking. The standout for me was the Great Southern, a semi-dry white made from estate-grown Vidal Blanc, which danced on my tongue with just the right balance of sweetness and acidity.

Post-tasting, we lingered over a glass of our favorites—the Great Southern for me and another IPA for my friend. The ambiance was set to become even more enchanting with a musician poised to serenade the room. His guitar and microphone promised melodies that would blend seamlessly with the clinking of glasses and the murmur of contented patrons. Alas, time was not on our side, and we departed before the first chord was struck.

Our visit to Rockside Winery and Vineyards was more than just a tasting; it was a celebration of summer, friendship, and the simple pleasures that a glass of wine can bring on a hot afternoon. It was, indeed, a very enjoyable way to spend a Saturday, and a reminder that sometimes, the best way to beat the heat is with a cool drink in hand and good company by your side.

Rockside Winery and Vineyards is located at:

 2363 Lancaster-Newark Rd NE, Lancaster, OH, 431301

You can visit their website for more information and to explore their offerings.

Enjoy your visit to this lovely slice of wine country in Central Ohio!

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