Deep Ellum is known for its bars and musical spirit and one of its street corners is precisely the one chosen by Calais. His creations are named after the neighborhood streets and a visitor is bound to take in a great deal of incomparable learning from this former software engineer. The perfect complement for that good wine can be an excellent pizza at Cane Rosso a couple of blocks over. Then continue on to Fair Park, the seat of a good number of museums, and the site where the State Fair of Texas is held.
The city has varied microcosms. For example, the Lakewood District is home to Times Ten Cellars with its beautiful old building that used to house the United States Postal Service. The elegant tasting room with spectacular spaces and laid-back ambiance offers wines from California and from the vineyard in Alpine, Texas. A few blocks away you will find The Balcony Club in case you’re fond of listening to good jazz in preparation for an excellent dinner at The Grape, featuring a not-to-be-missed stylized menu.
Another "side trip" of the Dallas wine route is the Southern Methodist University, home of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and the Meadows Museum, the latter containing a large collection of Spanish art.
The city has sensational places to pair a good wine with a tasty meal, such as Cafe Madrid or Sangria, but there is a place where you’ll feel as though you were in your own living room in the company of your best childhood friend; you’ll find it on Henderson Street and it’s called Veritas.
The Anderson Brothers are both lawyers who made the dream of their own "wine pub" come true with an excellent selection of international and Texas wines in a casual-chic atmosphere. The neighborhood is considered the most "in" in the city. On the same street is The Porch and, after a taste of their brisket sliders, nothing will be the same anymore.
Uptown is the night capital of Dallas. McKinney Avenue is lined with restaurants, bars, nightclubs, famous hotels—it even boasts a vintage trolley that runs from end to end free of charge. The Cork Wine Bar with its peculiar form of electronic tasting and the Two Corks and a Bottle wine cellar, which personalizes bottles of wine, are two good stops on this leg of the tour.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is the newest addition to Victory Park, another unexpected treasure in the city and a meeting place for locals surrounded by buildings whose facades are giant screens. There you’ll find the W Hotel, the famous Ghostbar, the House of Blues, and even the Hard Rock Cafe. It is also home to the Havana Club, because for many, there is no good wine without a good cigar.
Near Love Field, another Dallas airport, the Fuqua Winery is waiting for you. Its enologists specialize in the making of wines for the most discerning palates. Fuqua is for the adept connoisseur and the perfect way to wrap up a tour guided by the elixir of Bacchus in this modern city.
The Bishop Art District is home to organic restaurants and specialized boutiques in full swing. It's worth the trip. Moreover the Bishop Arts Winery is already the talk of the town.
Trinity Groove sits under the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. It’s another district that’s already associated with and frequented by the fashionable. This summer will open DiDi's Tamales, a Central American place of Central American varieties whose tamales are worth trying. Oh and if you need good food and your car needs some gas, go to Fuel City and savor what many consider to be the best tacos in the Metroplex.