Last week, I had the opportunity to head to South Park to try The Rose – a wine bar and bottle shop. They also host brunch on the weekends. My photo here does not do it justice, as it had such a cozy ambience and it is such a neighbourhood gem. This is a great place to come for a date and a catch up with a friend.
You can enjoy your wine and food with easy conversation. Nice ambience inside, and they have an outdoor patio.
The service was very attentive, and I liked that they checked in with us before happy hour was about to expire, so that we could order our food and wine. There did not seem a rush to do so. Very relaxed setting.
There is a nice selection of wines, and small plates including flatbreads. You can buy a bottle from the shop and enjoy it there. We took advantage of the happy hour that gives you two dollars off a glass of wine, draft beer and cider, $5 corkage on retail bottles, and $2 off some of the flatbreads.
My friend enjoyed the lovely Tempranillo – the 2016 Terremilanos Ribera del Duero from Spain. As we ordered one of the flatbreads, this was a great pairing!
This wine is certified biodynamic, meaning no pesticides or herbicides are used in the vineyard. I could taste berries, and it had a nice clean finish.
I asked the friendly waiter about the rosés.
There was a wine listed as an amber wine, and I became curious as I’ve not had an amber wine before. The organic 2016 Tardana Macabeo from Cueva in Spain is also considered an orange wine. The white grapes for this wine is harvested later for optimum ripeness, then macerated for 5-6 days. This wine is fermented with natural yeasts with 50% skins. The wine looked a little cloudy, tasted both yeasty and fruity. Pretty intense. A different taste from a rosé, and I’m glad I got to sample it.
The flatbread was delicious – made with a fresh yeasty dough, and it was more like a pizza.
I’ll be back to The Rose for sure. If you go, let me know what you think!