Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of cares.”
And though Fort Worth's love for craft beer runs deep, we also have a great appreciation for wine. Enjoy a glass (or two) of vino at any of these 10 wine spots.
The first wine bar in Texas to offer 30 wines by the glass and 300 bottles from all over the world, CRÚ is located in the swanky Shops at Clearfork. Sister properties located in Dallas' West Village and Plano's Shops at Legacy tout the same sophistication. The menu offers diners brunch and dinner options featuring Lobster and Shrimp Potstickers, Chicken Picatta, artisan cheese boards and three wine flight options.
Thirty-38 & Vine is the newest locally owned wine bar in town, and it’s a truly unique experience. A wine “credit card" unlocks your experience: swipe in one of several kiosks where you’ll find 42 familiar vintages and unusual, more expensive selections that you may never have heard of. Unsure about what you want? The “taste” size offers a sample for you to experiment with, and you may get to try a sip of that $200 bottle of wine without worry. Ready to commit? Grab a bottle from the cellar selections and settle in. Real estate partners and sweethearts Sam and Jennifer Demel, who met at TCU, have created an approachable wine bar concept for novices and experts alike. Pair your selection with one of the cheeseboards from neighboring Meyer and Sage for a real treat!
The restaurant's gloriously curated wine menu comes with sommeliers and friendly bartenders who will steer you in the right direction if you’re a novice. Every weekday, a half-price “bubble hour” runs from 4-6 p.m. The restaurant is known for Wine and Women Wednesdays, where a flight of three wines comes paired with a bite-sized appetizer from the restaurant’s impressive kitchen.
A favorite of Fort Worth wine lovers, Kent & Co has 300 wines in stock, including three bespoke reds and a custom cabernet sauvignon. So the chances of you finding a wine you like are pretty good. You can also get a nice selection of beer here, if someone in your party doesn’t prefer wine. All wines are sold at market price, meaning what you would buy them for at the store. #savings
Since 2008, the family-owned wine bar has offered Cowtown a simple and friendly introduction to really great wine. You can stick with your favorite California chardonnays, sample sauvignon blanc from three continents, play with rosé or find your home on the Rhone.
A sommelier directed me to this family-owned boutique wine retailer, raving about their selection. Owners Chris and Debra Keel's friendly neighborhood store offers weekly wine tastings, Thursday 3-7:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 3-9 p.m.
You may not associate the southwestern cuisine favorite with a curated wine list, but Reata’s has an extensive menu with some interesting choices. The wine list is heavy on California and Argentinian classics. You will find several Texas wines including Brennan Vineyards in Comanche and the family CF Ranch in the Davis Mountains (near Alpine where the original Reata Restaurant sits). Plus, can you think of a nicer way to enjoy a bottle of wine than to share it on one of Reata's patios high above Sundance Square?
You don’t have to be a guest at the Omni Hotel to enjoy the hotel’s beautifully understated wine bar. There are a handful of Texas wines scattered throughout the menu, including the unusual black grape Aglianico from the Duchman Family Winery in the Texas Hill Country.
Chef Bonnell left culinary school with a deep appreciation for wine, which was evident at his first restaurant, Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine. The 10-page wine menu at Waters is almost overwhelming, but fear not, the knowledgeable staff can assist. The new Sundance Square location has a patio that just begs to be used on a sunny day, especially if you’re sitting with a plate of fresh oysters and a tart sauvignon blanc or a glass of bubbles!
The curated wine menu offers a limited 30 selections, but the list is fairly impressive. Of course, there are selections from the Napa Valley and France, but Winslow’s menu includes Italian vineyards and several varietals from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Tuesdays and Sundays, all bottles are 30% off.