A toast to Dallas’ 10 best restaurants for a glass of wine
It’s time for wine, with CultureMap’s Tastemaker Awards, our annual celebration of Dallas’ best food and drink.
As part of our Editorial Series, where we spotlight nominees in categories such as Best Bars, Best Neighborhood Restaurants, Best Star Chefs and Best Ghost Kitchens, we toast the top 10 wine programs. from the city.
The 2021 nominees include everything from wine bars to restaurants with impressive lists. A jury of former CultureMap Tastemaker Award winners and local catering experts narrowed the list to 10. A winner will be announced at the Tastemaker Awards night on August 19 at the Fashion Industry Gallery, where we will dine in nominated restaurants. while emcee CJ Starr reveals the winners. (Buy your tickets here.)
Here are the 10 best wine programs in Dallas:
Barcelona wine bar
Between ownership changes and the pandemic, this charming Henderson Avenue wine bar had a rough start, but it hasn’t lost its courage. The food and drinks are both Spanish influenced, which means a fantastic and long selection of tapas, as well as cheeses and cold cuts, to accompany an incredible collection of wines from Spain, Portugal, ‘Argentina and France, as well as sangria, sherry and cocktails. In addition to the bottle and the glass, they also offer flights, tasty and educational, all in one.
This chic wine bar is just what Victory Park needed. Fans love this perfect spot for a girls night out with wine and cheese or a light wine-focused meal. They have wine on tap, by the glass or by the bottle, with planks of cheeses and meats that you can design yourself. Their list includes bottles from France, Italy, Spain and California as well as emerging regions such as Portugal, Australia, South America and of course Texas.
Elm & Bon
The restaurant at the Pittman Hotel in Deep Ellum is a testament to the beauty of the montage. Whether you are talking about food or drink, the menu is compact, with a limited number of choices but each choice made with care. For example, the list by the glass includes five whites, five reds, two pinks, and two sparklers – and each of them is a good choice. No need to spend hours sifting. They also make very generous installments, and the prices – $ 12 to $ 16 a glass – are far from outrageous.
Super chef Dean Fearing’s Ritz-Carlton, Dallas restaurant has a steakhouse-style wine selection with bottles of all varietals and prices, but it’s the vibe here that makes it so good, reckoning. given the restaurant’s variety of dining spaces, including the courtyard patio, wine cellar and the slinky Rattlesnake bar.
This Henderson Avenue classic (which is currently closed for renovations until mid-August) has received widespread praise for its excellent food and carefully curated wine list, with a selection that appeals to your most discerning wine lovers as well. than your everyday drinker. During the pandemic, Gemma pivoted with the best of them to come up with a wine-to-go list that includes great deals like Washington State’s Kamiak Rock Lake Red Cabernet Blend for $ 24.
Chef John Tesar debuted at his steakhouse at the Highland Dallas hotel before opening this second location in Willow Bend’s stores in Plano, as Plano also needs dry-aged steak and wine. They recently reconfigured their space by adding a pandemic-friendly lounge perfect for sharing a bottle of wine or even a drink, with a list ranging from a fun $ 11 moscato to a $ 27 cabernet from Groth in Napa Valley.
Nick and Sam
Steakhouses have some of the most remarkable and extensive wine collections to be found, and this Maple Avenue classic is no exception, with over 500 wine labels, ranging from old world cabs to exclusive labels. mandatory that go with this realm. Their selection by the glass includes labels you usually don’t find in a by the glass option, making it a great place to go when you want to try an insanely expensive wine for under $ 20.
If Deep Ellum was going to have a wine bar, then there’s no better choice than this eclectic and funky Phoenix concept, which is totally broken down with historic neighborhoods and the vibe that goes with them. Using roll-up garage doors, they created a cool indoor-outdoor bar, perfect for those times, where you can munch on a brie, apple and fig bruschetta while choosing your sip from 30 wines by the glass and 40 wines. by the bottle.
Trova Wine + Market
A cozy and stylish wine shop and bar offers wines from around the world, as well as a small menu of local and artisan food products. All they have is anything you want, from toast with prosciutto and raspberry and fig jam or grilled cheese with apple butter, to intriguing wines such as Anjou Chenin Blanc, a crunchy blanc de the Loire Valley of booming producer Thibaud Boudignon, who only makes organic and biodynamic wines. You learn something with every sip.
Veritas wine chamber
The Henderson Avenue charmer has a strong neighborhood bar vibe, but with adventurous wines and knowledgeable staff. They are known for their weekly wine specials and frequent tastings, which after the pandemic recently resumed, not a minute too early. For $ 45, you typically get 15 one-ounce glasses from a wide range of amazing wines that owners have amassed over the years. If you want to make new wine-loving friends, enjoy their $ 2 happy hours on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.