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A Wine Weekend In Dallas

Happy Monday and happy first weekend in August! I’m going to be super cliche right now, and say where in the world has the year gone! It just seemed like a few weeks ago that we were heading to Orlando for our first weekend trip! The next couple of months are going to be super busy with all of the trips that we have planned, but I’m getting really excited and looking forward to all of the fun that we’ll be having. With everything that we have coming up, it was really nice to spend a weekend with some good friends in Dallas!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

Friday

Friday was pretty much like every other Friday, except that after work on Friday I drove to Dallas by myself. Well technically I wasn’t by myself, Dart was my super cute copilot that didn’t help me out too much with navigation, especially since he slept pretty much the whole way.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

Even though I’m usually not one that likes driving by myself, this time I was looking forward to my drive because my mom just downloaded the new Liane Moriarty book Truly Madly Guilty on Audible, so I had something to entertain me on the way there. Once Dart and I got to Dallas, we spent a few hours catching up with our friends before heading to bed since we had a full day in store for us on Saturday!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

Saturday

In keeping with tradition, Saturday morning we woke up and had Panera for breakfast. When Katie lived in Houston, every time we would go shopping on Saturday morning we’d hit up Panera for a bagel. We always enjoyed being able to catch up during our Panera dates, and Saturday morning was no different!

After breakfast, it was time for the main event, our wine time! Last year we visited Katie and Jack and we drove up to Grapevine for a day of wine tasting, and after breakfast Katie and I were so excited to do it all over again!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

Our first stop of the day was at one of our favorite wineries from last time, Grapevine Springs Winery. What makes Grapevine Springs so unique is the fact that it has a wide variety of wine, including a lot of fruity wines. Normally I’m not a fruity wine fan, but there’s something about the wines that Grapevine Springs produces that I can’t get enough of!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

After our flight and cheese tray at Grapevine Springs, we headed next door to Umbra to try a tasting there as well. Their food options looked and sounded so delicious so we ordered some bruschetta with our tasting. We were debating about ordering something else off the menu, but the bruschetta was so delicious that we ended up ordering another plate of it!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

While we were sitting at the bar for a while, one of the servers was working on getting stuff organized behind the bar, and he was putting what looked like french fries into the ingredient sections. When we asked him about it, he told us that they were actually candied lemon peels that they use in their signature champagne cocktail. He could tell that we sounded interested, so he made us each a mini sample of the champagne cocktail! Oh my goodness it was so good! The champagne cocktail consisted of elderflower liquor, champagne, candied lemon peel, and a stick of rock candy for a stirrer! It was fantastic, and I can’t recommend it enough!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

You might think that we would have been full after all the bruschetta and cheese that we ate, but we still had a little room in our stomachs for a small lunch, so once we were done at Umbra we headed across the street to Main Street Bakery for a salad and some great Mac & Cheese!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

At this point in time, we were pretty much done with wine, so we headed back to Katie’s house for some card playing and drinks before dinner time! For dinner we headed to downtown Fort Worth for dinner at Lili’s a restaurant that our friends love. They’re motto is “unpretentious global cuisine”, and everything that we had was so good! We started off with the gorgonzola fries for an appetizer, then I had the quinoa stuffed poblano pepper for dinner, and we ended with the donuts and coffee ice cream for dessert. If you live in the DFW area, you definitely should check out Lili’s if you haven’t yet!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

We were all so full after dinner, but we decided to head to a bar called The Usual for after drink dinners. The place was very crowded, but they had a great drink menu with a quite a few unique drinks. It’s a great place to try out if you’re in the DFW area. After drinks, we headed back to the house to go to bed because let’s face it, we’re too old to stay up super late!

Sunday

Sunday morning we woke up early and headed for some more bagels for breakfast before I got on the road. I made a quick stop by my grandmother’s house to say hi before making the trek back to Houston with Dart as my copilot again, and again the copilot was sleeping on the job again!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing, getting ready for the week, and getting caught up with Chris since he spent the weekend at the deer lease. Like I said, the weekend goes by too quickly, but hopefully this week will speedy by as well! I’m linking up with Biana of course, for her weekending linkup.

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The Wandering Weekenders- A Wine Weekend In Dallas

Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas

This past weekend we visited our friends who live in Mansfield, a suburb of Dallas, and when we were talking about things to do on Saturday, my friend threw out several suggestions, one of which was wine tasting in Grapevine. As soon as she said wine tasting, I was immediately sold, so we made plans to visit the next day.

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas

For those of you who don’t know much about the Dallas area, here’s a quick geography lesson. Dallas, or better yet the DFW area, is comprised of two cities, Dallas and Fort Worth. Both of the cities are about 30 miles apart, and together make one of the most populated cities in the country. Surrounding the DFW metroplex are multiple “suburbs” or small cities, which include Arlington (home to the Dallas Cowboys), Frisco (one of the fastest growing cities in the country), and Grapevine. Grapevine is pretty much located right between the two cities of Dallas and Fort Worth and to the North, so no matter where you are in the DFW area, it wouldn’t be that bad of a drive to get to Grapevine.

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting In Grapevine Texas

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Most of the wineries open up around 11:00, so after a later breakfast Saturday morning, we headed to Grapevine. Most of the wineries in Grapevine have their tasting rooms along Main Street, along with some cute shops and restaurants, and when we pulled onto Main Street, I immediately fell in love! Grapevine is seriously one of the cutest towns ever, and it is everything that you would think of when you think of a small, Texas town.

Sloan & Williams Winery

Our first stop of the day was at the Sloan & Williams Winery. They had just moved into this new location, and it was beautiful! There were plenty of tables and seats at the bar, exposed brick on the walls, plenty of wine, and some beautiful decorative pieces available for purchase (bar tables, chandeliers, and candle holders) made from old wine barrels.

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas
I loved their sign that was made from an old wine barrel!

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas

We arrived at S&W right around the time that it opened so we were pretty much the only people in the tasting room. We were talking to our waitress, and she told us that Friday and Saturday nights they have live music, which would make it an even more fun place to go. We each did two different tasting, and we all loved our wine!

Grape Vine Springs Winery

Our second stop of the day was at Grape Vine Springs Winery, a winery that our friends had visited before and absolutely loved. It also had the option to get a charcuterie tray, which is one of my favorite things in the world!

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas

Word of warning though, this winery doesn’t have a huge sign outside advertising the name of the winery, it pretty much just says “Winery” on the front and that’s it! So, if you’re not on the lookout, you might walk right past it, which we totally did!

As soon as we walked into this winery, we could tell it was definitely more hopping than the first place with a birthday party and several other larger tables. We sat down at a table and started looking at the food and wine menu, and then our waitress brought us a tasting menu so we could choose which three wines we wanted to try (it was kind of like the paper menus that you get at sushi restaurants). We opted to split the Texas cheese plate, and we all got three different wines.

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas
Even Batman orders wine sometimes.

We all managed to get order different wines, so we ended up passing around our tastings so we could all try some of the different wines. We ended up loving quite a few wines, and we might have loved them so much that we ended up buying a few bottles to take home with us. Since we were still planning on going to another winery before grabbing lunch, we were so happy that they held our wine for us while we finished up our day in Grapevine.

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas

Messina Hof

Our final stop of the day was very sentimental for all of us. We all attended school together at Texas A&M, and it just so happens that there’s a winery near the university called Messina Hof. As with everything related to Texas A&M, it’s kind of a tradition for students to go to the winery and vineyards and do a tour and tasting. We even managed to go there for a friend’s bachelorette party!

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas

Messina Hof recently opened a tasting room in Grapevine and even though our friends had been before and weren’t very impressed, we decided to give it another chance because it’s Aggie related! I’m so glad that we gave Messina Hof another chance because it was so much fun! We had five tokens each that we could use to try different wines, depending on the vintage of the wine some cost two tokens versus just one.

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas

Considering that this was our third winery of the day, it kind of makes sense that we ended up buying a few more bottles here as well. I’m just going to chalk it up to being sentimental and missing College Station!

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas

Main Street Bakery

After our third winery we were definitely in need of some carbs and caffeine so we headed to Main Street Bakery for some lunch and coffee! Be aware though, as soon as you walk through the door the baked goods are going to stare you right in the face, so you’re going to be very tempted when you order lunch. But the desserts are absolutely amazing, so you might as well order one while you’re at it!

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas

Both Chris and I tried a sandwich and split a double latte before diving into my favorite part of lunch, dessert! I forget what the name of our dessert was, but pretty much it tasted like a huge peanut butter cup! It was delicious, and if I had enough room, I could’ve eaten the whole thing by myself!

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas

The Wandering Weekenders- Wine Tasting in Grapevine Texas

The rest of the afternoon we spent walking around the rest of Main Street going into the cute little shops and trying to resist buying all of the cute things! Walking around Grapevine for an afternoon, was seriously so much fun, and all of the wine was pretty awesome too! It almost felt like you were in Napa, but you could walk to the tasting rooms instead of driving!

If you are ever in the Dallas area, you should definitely head over to Grapevine for a fun afternoon of shopping, eating, and wine tasting! Linking up with Christine at A Keane Sense of Adventure and Bonnie at A Compass Rose for the Travel Tuesday linkup!