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With a few consistent days of summer here (and by that I mean 75 degrees and above), it is official: summer is finally here! And what does warm weather, sunshine, and cloudless skies make me dream about? Well, cool refreshing cocktails and drinks of course!  There is really is no better fit for a summer day than a cool drink, bottle, or glass of something that evokes the fun and carefree spirit of warm weather (and no snow!). Luckily, this year we have all sorts of vibrant drinks for the summer season—enough to please anyone’s taste!

One of my all time favorite summer drinks is about to go by the glass in a great way! If you know me at all, you know what that is! Sparkling wine, aka cava, prosecco, crémant, or Champagne. Although the names are different, the happy little bubbles have the same effect. When you can’t decide between wine and beer, why not split the difference with sparkling? We have multiple varieties at Söntés, and we just added an individual bottle of prosecco—Lunetta, to be exact. Cute packaging, great flavor, and an affordable price at only $7. For the wine aficionado, and for those of us who are just a bit geeky about these things (but that’s what makes us so cute, right?), we are adding a 100% Colombard by Domaine Montgravet Cote de Gascogne and Espelt Vailet, which consists of 60% Grenache Blanc and 40% Macabeo. What are these crazy grapes, you ask? There’s only one way to find out! Come in and give them a try. Maybe alongside one of our summer pintxos…

And as most Rochesterites know, summer wouldn’t be complete without Thursdays on First! This year, we’re lucky enough to be featuring some very cool beers and one amazing cider at our booth in addition to the housemade paella and empanadas. First, there’s the Oliver Beanblossom Raspberry Cider. This Indiana cider features all organic, delicious ingredients–AND it’s gluten free! We’ll also be featuring one of Minnesota’s own craft brewers, Brau Brothers, with their Old Brau 56, a fun version of light beer. Lastly, you won’t want to miss the Agave Wheat by Breckenridge Brewery; it’s a fantastic answer to Corona or Bohemia.

We look forward to seeing you both at Thursdays on First and throughout the summer, perhaps by joining us in front of Sontes at our European style outdoor dining area. Have a bite to eat, put your feet up, and people watch to your heart’s content!

Cheers!

Tessa

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