A Toast to Grapevine

One of the oldest settlements in Tarrant County, Grapevine lies 20-ish miles northwest of Dallas.  I live in the Las Colinas area so it isn't uncommon for us to run over for dinner, a wine event, or over to Bass Pro Shop.  Main Street is a couple of miles long from 114 to Dove Loop Road and offers a variety of restaurants, shops, and wineries for all tastes.  

One of my favorite spring time events in the annual Blessing of the Vines & New Vintage Wine & Gallery Trail. Next year's event includes nine wineries with tickets going for $45.  It is quite the deal since it includes a souvenir glass plus food (appetizer type) and three wine tastings at each of the winery tasting rooms.  Funny thing--and maybe its because I hit every one of the wineries--I don't remember much about the art part last year.  

This past weekend my friends and I went to Grapefest.  We went to my favorite event:  the People's Choice Wine Classic.  An amazing wine competition judged by consumers, you will be amazed by the different wines you can try.  Tickets were $25 and we had 1.5 hours to try as many wines as our hearts desired.  This year they boasted 35 participating wineries, all of which had multiple wines to choose from.  We made sure to have a good dinner because, even with just being tastings, we were already feeling pretty happy by the time we hit winery #6. Yes, we are lightweights.  

One of my favorite places to eat in Grapevine is Esparza's.  Many a time friends and I have enjoyed brunch or lunch on the patio and a margarita or two.  Just around the corner from Main Street, it is walking distance to all the shops.   A historical building and part of Grapevine's early fabric, Esparza's was once a funeral home.  Don't let that freak you out and keep you from enjoying a great brunch though.

Another place you absolutely must check out is the Grapevine Olive Oil Company.  You will find a cool array of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. You would think samples would help me select something but it just makes it harder..... everything is so good!  While the flavor-inflused ones may seem a little bit eclectic to some, do not be afraid to try them! You will not be disappointed by the milder flavors (for those that are not too adventurous) or by the exotic ones. Just be sure you check out that store!  

Its no secret that I am a fan of Grapevine.  I would love to check out some of this historical buildings (paranormally speaking) but so far I haven't opened any one's minds enough for that yet.   Still, I will continue to make the short drive from home to see what new wines, flavors, and unique products offered by Main Street establishments.  No matter what your preferences are, I am sure you will find something to rave about in Grapevine!

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