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8 Places to Drink Wine in DFW

By Farah Fleurima
May 13, 2014
Photo by: Kevin Marple

Far from being for the rich and snooty, wine has shed its exclusive cachet and become a beverage that - thanks to the tireless efforts of educators and lovers alike - has become approachable and relatable. There truly is a wine for everyone, and a place for everyone to drink it. DFW boasts a number of different settings to enjoy a glass, and we’re celebrating several of them here. Cheers!

  • Café on the Green

    Why We Love It: The wine list at this Las Colinas restaurant is something of a dream, thanks to the hotel chain’s purchasing power, no doubt, but also to the acumen of its resident wine expert, who enjoys highlighting the many possibilities of marrying food and drink.
    Wine Pro: Master Sommelier James Tidwell, who also co-founded TEXSOM, the Texas sommelier association and conference.
    Insider Tip: Tidwell’s a certified wine instructor, so if you get the opportunity for a tableside lesson, listen up.

    4150 N. MacArthur Blvd.; 972-717-2420

  • Veritas Wine Room

    Why We Love It: It's like a friendly neighborhood bar that only serves wine.
    Wine Pros: Owners Brooks and Bradley Anderson.
    Insider Tip: With screens that drop down from the ceiling, Veritas is a surprisingly awesome spot to watch your favorite local sports teams. Half-price glass night all day on Mondays allows you to sample a wide variety of vinos.

    2323 N. Henderson Ave.; 214-841-9463

  • Grace

    Why We Love It: It's one of Fort Worth’s finest wine lists, backed by impeccable Modern American cuisine.
    Wine Pros: Sommeliers Jenny Kornblum (pictured) and Lioneel Peñacerrada.
    Insider Tip: Grace’s wine list can get quite granular in classification (even distinguishing champagnes from grape growers as opposed to grape buyers), so the highlighted recommendations are a help - and include more reasonably priced bottles than you might think.

    777 Main St.; 817-877-3388

  • Photo by: Kevin Marple

    Gemma

    Why We Love It: Not only are there wines on tap, but Gemma draws vino luminaries like Melka and Koehler-Ruprecht for wine dinners. Expect really nice Napa Valley selections from the restaurant’s chef-owner duo, who used to live there.
    Wine Pro: The wine list is honed and maintained by co-owner Allison Yoder, who won kudos for her selections in California.
    Insider Tip: Napa’s represented well not just on the wine list, but also on tap at the East Dallas bistro. Still, the Duchman Vermentino is tops in our book.

    2323 N. Henderson Ave.; 214-370-9428

  • Times Ten Cellars

    Why We Love It: For being a wine bar that also produces namesake wines locally. Times Ten blends Californian wines on-site but also grows its own grapes in Alpine, Texas, to produce wines under its own label.
    Wine Pros: Owners Kert Platner and Rob Wilson.
    Insider Tip: Wednesday is pizza night (Thursday at the Fort Worth outpost), with thin-crust pies available from 6 to 9 PM. A selection of wine-friendly small plates is always available, and Times Ten’s housemade pimiento cheese, flecked with jalapeños and green onions, is some of the best we’ve ever tasted.

    6324 Prospect Ave.; 214-824-9463

  • Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

    Why We Love It: Pappas has one of the city’s most extensive wine selections (perfect for the expense-account diners who frequent the steakhouse); it, along with the Four Seasons’ Café on the Green, also has one of the state's very few Master Sommeliers.
    Wine Pro: Master Sommelier Barbara Werley.
    Insider Tip: Pappas offers a frequent and decently priced way to explore wines, with tastings of bottles from around the globe, as well as nibbles from the kitchen, for around $55.

    10477 Lombardy Ln.; 214-366-2000

  • Cork Wine Bar

    Why We Love It: The cool, high-tech wine bar has a state-of-the-art pour system that lets sippers sample from a couple ounces up to a full pour from among 48 wines that rotate on a monthly basis. More than 300 wines are available to purchase by the bottle.
    Wine Pro: Owners Stephanie (pictured) and Jeff Rennells, who also lead wine education classes here.
    Insider Tip: Cork is welcoming Ruthie’s Grilled Cheese during its next food-truck night on May 21, and there’ll be a free wine tasting on the 29th. Wine education classes also fill the calendar.

    3636 McKinney Ave.; 214-780-0373

  • Wineposte

    Why We Love It: It's the Design District’s sole wine bar/retailer, and a sleek, lovely party venue to boot. Wineposte can ship bottles throughout Texas, either from its site or from your perch at its bar. Chef-led wine dinners, classes and tastings dominate Wineposte’s calendar, and the space is available for event rental.
    Wine Pros: Somm Matthew Thompson and sales and wine club manager Wes Dörlich.
    Insider Tip: Wineposte suspends wine shipments in the summer to protect the quality of the vinos.

    2001 Irving Blvd.; 214-272-3221

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Places Mentioned

Gemma

New American • Knox-Henderson

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Pyramid Restaurant & Bar

American • Arts District

Food29 Decor27 Service29 Cost$56
 
 
 
Café on the Green

American • Irving

Food24 Decor24 Service25 Cost$49
 
 
 
GRACE

American • Fort Worth

Food25 Decor26 Service25 Cost$60
 
 
 
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Steakhouse • Northwest Dallas

Food28 Decor25 Service27 Cost$71
 
 
 
 
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