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By Azure Arther, NewsCastic
Wine. What a vast and nearly incomprehensible industry. There are grape, still, dessert, sparkling, table, cooking, botrytized (natural sweet wines), and more classifications and sub-classes than even a wine expert can be pressed to define. There are reds, whites, blush, and in-betweens. And they’re expensive or cheap, heavy or light, flavorful or flat, fruity or…well, you get the point.
Basically, you need your own personal sommelier (a wine steward) to help you navigate your options. Look, this story is educational, too!
As with everything, DFW does wine to the max. We have the low end and the high end — and everything in between. Let’s take a look at the echelon of wines in DFW, aka, the fancy stuff.
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek‘s restaurant is known to be the high-end in everything, so this definitely includes their wines. At one point or another, the Mansion has had bottles of wine worth over $10,000 while also serving house wines worth a small percent of that. Though this swank restaurant is known for their wine tastings and other events, they are also quite reasonable or extravagant in their wine variety.
Steak and Wine
Pappa Bros. Steakhouse has a divine menu, but they also have a taste for expensive wines. They seem to keep a bottle of Chateau d’Yquem, one of the world’s most expensive wines in stock and have had various years of Romanee Contie ($15,000-70,000 depending on the year), and other extraordinary wines on their list. If you and your pocket are feeling up to it, (down payment on a house…bottle of wine…same difference), grab a steak and a bottle at Pappa Bros.
Wine, Sushi, and Saki
Known for their walk-in wine cellar, Steel Restaurant and Lounge has a full wine list of affordable or not-so-affordable wines. If you’re looking for a high-end wine, one suggestion would be to ask about their selection of Mouton, which is rumored to date all the way back to 1945.
All About That Knowledge
Veritas has an exclusive list of around wines, and most of them are not that expensive per bottle and about 30 are offered by the glass. However, this cozy wine bar offers an ambiance and knowledge of wines that is nearly unparalleled in the DFW complex so you may be able to ask them to find the wine you’re interested in.
The Temp is Just Right
La Cave Warehouse is not the most expensive wine shop, but they boast to be the only wine retail store in North Texas that is kept at cellar temperature which “ensures that every bottle from $10-$4,500 is kept under perfect conditions from the date of release.” Although for some, a bottle of $4,500 wine is not cheap and for others, that’s a fairly steep price.
Classy, Sassy and Straight Up Divine
Although they do not keep an extensive list Al Biernet‘s is willing to order whatever kind of wine you want through their wine broker, but they would need to know specifically 24 hours in advance. If it is a special vintage, you might need to give them more than a 24-hour notice.
And as usual, we had to throw in an extra spot. If you’re not up for a restaurant, Dallas Fine Wine and Spirits can usually order what you want and have it ready for pick up. Not sure what to get? Try a wine tasting at any of the listed restaurants or find one that is the right fit for you. The grapes are out there.