It’s a wine-filled week, with wine tastings, dinners, and classes appropriately dominating the list leading up to National Wine Day on Friday. At the end of the week, bourbon and whiskey take the stage with two high-end tastings. As Monday rolls around, band together with a cooking class on a classic Japanese dish.
monday 14 february
Bubbles and ropes at Burnett Park
Before Valentine’s Day dinner, stroll through Burnett Park in downtown Fort Worth for “Bubbles & Strings: Live Violin under the Singing Trees.” From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., musician Armond Vance will light up the “singing trees” with his violin playing. Chateau Ste. Michelle will be providing complimentary sips of champagne, along with complimentary chocolates from Neighbor’s House Grocery (while supplies last). It’s free to attend.
Thursday February 17
Wine flights and Penfolds bites at Cat City Grill
Four of Penfolds’ prestigious Australian wines will be paired with bites from the West Magnolia Avenue restaurant during this weekday wine tasting. Seats should sell out quickly, so call to make a reservation. The tasting is $35 per person, plus tax and tip, and begins at 6 p.m.
Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner at Thirty-Eight & Vine
Didn’t receive the Valentine’s Day reservations in time? Do not worry. The Foundry District Wine Bar is hosting a post-Valentine’s Day wine dinner with four delicious courses from Luckybee Kitchen’s even prettier Jenny Powell-Castor. There will be steamed mussels, burrata and greens, braised beef rib gnocchi and winter citrus upside-down cake. Wines from Ackerman Family Vineyards will accompany each dish. Dinner is $150 per person, plus tax and tip, and starts at 6:30 p.m.
Fortaleza Tequila Tasting at the Dryce Hotel
The Dryce Hotel Lobby Bar hosts a Tequila Tasting with Fortaleza and Victory Wine Group from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Each $30 ticket includes a Konrad-guided tasting of Victory, a Fortaleza flight (Blanco, Anejo, and Reposado), and a Blanco Margarita. Book your tickets here and pay at the door; Space is limited.
Friday February 18
Riedel glass tasting at the Vin Hotel
It’s National Wine Day and the wine-themed Grapevine Hotel is celebrating with an educational course that goes beyond varietals. What about the glass the wine is poured into? This course will demonstrate why the shape of the glass is important and how the container affects the taste. Four wines will be served, from Sauvignon Blanc to Cabernet Sauvignon, in their specific Riedel varietal glass. The tasting alone is $60, or guests can take the glass home for $125. Arrival around 6:30 p.m.
Saturday February 19
Whiskey Tasting at Off the Vine
This Grapevine wine bar will divert from its typical offerings to host a whiskey tasting featuring Speyside sherry cask whiskeys – aka “the good stuff”. Customers can expect to taste Macallan, Glendronach and Glenfarclas. The tasting is $69 per person, which includes six whiskey tastings and light bites. Reservations required. The tasting will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Blanton’s Rare Bourbon Tasting at Hooligan’s Pub
Prepare to pony up for the chance to experience the often hard-to-find Blanton bourbon. Tickets are $229.99 (plus approximately $15 in fees) for this tasting, which will include five Blanton’s brand varieties, some of which cannot be found in the United States. Each one-ounce pour will be paired with bites ranging from meatballs to apple pie. Tasting starts at 7 p.m.
monday february 21
Katsu Japanese curry course at the table
The Near Southside Market and Culinary Studio will show participants how to make curry sauce from scratch during this hands-on class. The menu will include crispy chicken katsu, white rice and Japanese pickles. The class is $70 and starts at 5 p.m.