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 this National Wine Day (Thursday, May 25) at any of these 13 (we’re calling this a vintner’s dozen) wine spots.
The former retailer-turned-boutique wine store on Magnolia Avenue has a lovely selection of wines, all of which are gloriously described in the menu. There are also wine cocktails like the Fairmont Lady (muddled strawberries with French Rose and a little lemon) and $12 wine flights if you can’t quite make up your mind on a bottle.
Treat your taste buds to a splendid white sangria, with peach puree, peach Schnapps and a strawberry peach popsicle at Del Frisco's Grille. If you’re more of a traditionalist about sangria, the red version has Stoli raspberry vodka, Cointreau and fresh lime mixed in with the malbec. You can sip these in the upstairs bar, which provides a gorgeous view of Sundance Square Plaza.
A selection of wine at Grace Restaurant in downtown Fort Worth.
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. On National Wine Day, the restaurant’s featuring a Ravenswood wine dinner with six courses of food and wine pairings (reservations required).
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
PC: Kent & Co Wines, Joseph Haubert
Since 2008, the family-owned wine bar has offered Cowtown a simple and friendly introduction to really great wine. For National Wine Day, specials include 15% off wine flights. You can stick with your favorite California chardonnays, sample sauvignon blanc from three continents, play with rosé or find your home on the Rhone.
One of the truly hidden gems of northwest Fort Worth, the winery creates a dozen small batches of wines from Texas grapes. Lightcatcher’s only open on weekends, so you’ll have to extend your National Wine Day celebrations into Saturday.
The celebration can start early at Max's Wine Dive as select wines (most $10 and under) are discounted during happy hour, which runs weekdays from opening until 6 p.m. The regular wine menu includes everything from an organic pinot grigio (in an eco-friendly container) to the incomparable Cakebread Chardonnay to Moët & Chandon’s Imperial Brut and Dom Perignon.
A sommelier directed me to this family-owned boutique wine retailer, raving about their selection. Owners Chris and Debra Keel are getting fancy for National Wine Day with a bubbles tasting at the store. Six different kinds of champagne will be offered from 3-7:30 p.m.
PC: Reata Restaurant Rooftop Bar, Austin James
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?
Before wine bars were cool in Fort Worth, Times Ten Cellars was selling wine by the glass or bottle on Foch Street. Their wines are blends of grapes from the vineyard in the Davis Mountains mixed with California varietals, along with the best of other wineries’ offerings. On May 25, the winery’s pulling out all the corks with a grape stomp for charity, cork crafts and $5 glasses of chardonnay, pinot grigio, zinfandel and tempranillo.
PC: Times Ten Cellar Tasting Room
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.