Wines, like a comfortable T-shirt or a hard candy left to ripen under the couch, only get better with age. Taste the sweet passing of time with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a wine tasting for two at Camelot Cellars (a $40 value).
Camelot Cellars crafts most of its small-lot, handcrafted wines on-site, using high-quality grapes sourced from around the world. At the winery's sleek communal bar, visiting vinoheads and their partner-in-wine can partake in six different vintage varieties, such as shiraz, chardonnay, or Italian amarone, chosen by the staff based on availability and advice from a magical camembert. The tasting room’s variety of hanging lights, Tuscan touches, and smooth silver chairs beget an inviting ambience to imbibe the fruits of fermented pre-raisins, and the friendly staff is readily available to answer wine-related questions or recommend a bottle for home enjoyment by you and your particularly demanding mailman.
Located in the artsy Short North district, Camelot taps prominent regions for their vine-berries, which are then harvested at peak conditions, crushed, and allowed to soak for 7 to 10 days before being shipped to the wine shop. The detail-oriented sommeliers then monitor each step of the wine’s maturation, from juvenile juice to awkward teenager to fully aged potent, before carefully assigning them a fashionable bottle and marrying them off to a carefully chosen chicken dish. The winery is open Tuesday through Saturday.
Racks of obsidian and golden bottles line the monolithic wine wall of Camelot Cellars's rustic boutique, bringing together varietals crafted by the winery and selections from around the world. Beneath chandeliers and brick facades, guests clink glasses of aromatic vintages and play favorite xylophone songs on themed tasting flights served atop the smooth contours of the locally hewn wooded bar. Small plates of cheeses, meats, and bread also gather nearby, cleansing palates and bringing out the wine’s subtler tones. Nearby, the convivial sound of good cheer emanated from the Tuscan Table and the private Tuscan Room, which house large groups and may be rented out for gatherings.
Not satisfied to fill their casks with only their own brews, the winery also aids clients in handcrafting their own artisan wines. With the help of a resident expert, prospective vintners assemble their preferred style of wine, leaving it in the capable hands of the winery for 6–12 weeks. Each bottle is then identified with a custom label, making perfect keepsakes for weddings, parties, or obedience-school graduations.
958 N High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43201