Bob Landon has been making wine for decades, but he didn't always have French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks at his disposal. His first forays into small-batch winemaking took place in his basement, but like Batman's love of justice, his hobby was soon elevated to a profession. Today, he and the Landon Winery staff cultivate Texas–grown viognier and tempranillo grapes into a rotating selection of house varietals.
At either location, oenophiles can deepen their knowledge of wines or simply explore the facilities. The McKinney location features an old well that dates back more than 150 years, and the 15,000 square foot Greenville location boasts more than 100 oak barrels filled with grapey blends and one batch of orange juice just pretending. Landon Winery also hosts events and classes that allow visitors to pair wines with food, sample sips, and make their own custom wines.
In Italy, l’aperitivo is time for socializing with friends over drinks and light snacks. Aperitivos Coffee & Wine Bar supplies this exact respite amid old-country surrounds of dark woods, brick, and stucco walls. Here, baristas add splashes of flavoring, such as sugar-free hazelnut, to Segafredo Coffee, or use it to craft caffeinated favorites like chai lattes. Bartenders, meanwhile, pour reds and white from an extensive list with selections that span everywhere from Argentina to Washington State.
All beverages complement upscale bistro fare, including six-ounce marinated steaks finished with blue cheese butter or flatbread pizzas topped with roasted chicken and a creamy garlic-and-onion sauce. On most weekends, feasts unfold as local musicians grace the Aperitivos stage with soothing tunes.
Located on Main Street of Grapevine, Texas, D'Vine Wine treats visitors to countless varieties of wine paired with savory cheese and charcuterie plates. In the tasting and dining area, honeycombed wine racks and wooden barrels line the earth-toned walls, allowing visitors to imagine they've been swept away to the rustic cottage of a Tuscan vintner or the panic room of a billionaire. Guests sip house-made sauvignon blanc, malbec, and fruit-infused wine, while customers consult with wine representatives on creating a personalized label for any occasion.
Chow down on all of your pub favorites at Trinity Hall. No need to miss out on Trinity Hall just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The bar has loads of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Never miss a play with TVs broadcasting the biggest games in the bar area. Grab the kids when you head to Trinity Hall — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan. A private room is available for reservation at Trinity Hall for those nights when you take the whole gang out to celebrate. Trinity Hall provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late. Wireless internet access is just a click away at Trinity Hall. Enjoy live music with your food and drinks at Trinity Hall as well. Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the bar is rather noisy. Take advantage of the lenient pup policy, and bring your four-legged friend to the bar.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the bar on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded. Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Trinity Hall. For those in a rush, the bar lets you take your food to go. If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Trinity Hall cater for you.
The restaurant offers convenient parking in the connecting lot, and (optional) valet is also provided.
Meals at Trinity Hall are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person. Trinity Hall accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Trinity Hall since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
It was April 2005 when planters began the painstaking task of rooting 7,000 vines in the rich, rocky soil of Cathedral Mountain Vineyard. Situated just 19 miles south of Alpine, Texas, the location was ideal––plentiful sun and chilly nights would sustain the Tempranillo, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre vines until the grapes were ready for harvesting. That day finally arrived in 2006, when cultivators descended upon the vineyard to reap the first fruits destined to become Times Ten Cellars' Spanish- and Rhone-style wines. These may seem like extraordinary lengths to go to for a decent pour, but one look at Time Ten’s wine list is all it takes to realize its founders’ fondness for Texan-born wines knows no bounds. At the tasting bar, guests can sample limited-release wines such as Cathedral Mountain Vinyard's Dessert Red or Vino de Piedra, alongside other domestic vinos from the Lone Star State, as well as those from California and––on occasion––even Italy. On select nights, jazz music drowns out the chorus of sipping rising up from the comfy cocoa arm chairs in the lounge, and Times Ten Cellar's also offers occasional classes for anyone looking for an excuse to expand their knowledge of wine or stick their nose in other people's glasses.
For fine French cuisine in an ultra-romantic setting, Toulouse is a lovely date night pick. Come prepared to feast at Toulouse — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment. Beer, wine, and more are also available from Toulouse's extensive drink list. Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune. You won't feel cramped at Toulouse, even with a large party — the restaurant is perfect for large groups. Open air seating is ready for diners at Toulouse when the weather is warm.
The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time. Shake off the stiff workday duds at Toulouse — attire is casual. Catering services are also available. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
There's nearby street parking available as well as a valet service.
Prices at Toulouse are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Toulouse's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.