Gene Estes suspects that growing up in the "dry" precinct of Abilene, Texas, may have inspired his alcohol-based ingenuity; he crafted his first batch of wine from Concord grape juice when he was just 23. Years later, after holding various pharmaceutical jobs and putting to use his Masters in Microbiology, Estes's interest in wine re-emerged with a full and passionate force. Today, as the president and vintner of Lost Oak Winery, Gene works alongside resident winemaker Jim Evans to craft a host of award-winning wines. Among them is the 2012 Viognier, which scored a double gold in the renowned San Francisco Chronicle International Wine competition—meaning all five judges awarded the varietal with top scores before gilding the bottle twice in molten gold.
The winery itself offers both guided and self-guided tours, offering visitors a glimpse into the wine-making process complete with samples straight from oak barrels. Additionally, special events draw guests to the lush grounds for live music and wine club events.
When Birgit and Bruce Anderson first purchased their 2-acre property in Burleson, Texas, the new surroundings where they grew vegetables and raised farm animals reminded them of the then-popular television show Little House on the Prairie. The couple—who originally trained as a tax agent and sociology professor—and their daughters farmed the land for several years before a 1995 trip to Napa Valley seduced them into the vineyard lifestyle. After 10 years of studying grape-growing and winemaking, the Andersons opened Sunset Winery, which they've nicknamed and trademarked "The Best Little Wine House in Texas."
Since opening, the late-blooming winemakers have established themselves by winning multiple prizes for their wines and drawing a steady stream of visitors each year. Sunset's lauded bottles include Moon Glow merlot and Twilight Tango malbec, the latter of which won top accolades at the 2009 GrapeFest People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, edging out other malbecs and a chagrined Susan Lucci.
Located on Main Street of Grapevine, Texas, Grape Vine Springs Winery 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.
Craving finger food? Head to Trinity Hall and chow down on classic pub fare.
Health nuts will love Trinity Hall for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Never miss a play with TVs broadcasting the biggest games in the bar area.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this bar.
Trinity Hall easily accommodates large groups — there's even a reserved room available for extra special occasions.
For comfortable outdoor service, Trinity Hall sets up a seasonal patio.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Trinity Hall, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Musical groups perform live at Trinity Hall, so tables can perk up with some tunes.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this bar, though, as it can get quite loud.
Canine companions are invited to tag along to Trinity Hall as well.
If you plan to hit the bar on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Trinity Hall — it's strictly casual.
Bring the Trinity Hall's great food to your place.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Trinity Hall patrons have access to both a nearby garage and parking lot, so finding a space is ever so simple.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Trinity Hall.
Menu items at Trinity Hall tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
At Trinity Hall, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Trinity Hall since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So when you're in the mood for some tasty pub food, make your way over to Trinity Hall.
Trinity Hall's classic Irish feel will make you feel right at home.
Come see why Trinity Hall is one of the top British pubs in Dallas.
French dining is filled with surprises. Come enjoy an experience to be remembered at Toulouse.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Celebrate the start of a great weekend at Toulouse's great happy hour.
Sit outside at Toulouse and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
At Toulouse, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Toulouse in jeans and a hoodie.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Toulouse cater for you.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Make use of the many street and valet parking options close to Toulouse and dine with ease.
Toulouse is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Toulouse.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Toulouse provides service throughout the day.
Enjoy the best of French cuisine and romance at Toulouse.
Innovative French cooking gets rave reviews at Toulouse, so dine in and judge for yourself.
Toulouse is certainly the perfect destination for an upscale and authentic French experience in Dallas.
Their French grandmère instilled a love for food and drink in Brooks and Bradley Anderson at a young age, but the brothers’ culinary passions really blossomed when they studied in France. Their time in Paris spurred further travels throughout Europe, the U.S., and Central and Latin America. When the two finally settled in Dallas, they joined forces as attorneys, opening their own firm. But that’s not what earned them multiple accolades from Gayot, Travel+Leisure, and D magazine—it’s their post as owners of Veritas Wine Room, recently named one of the top 20 wine bars in America by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
The selection is extensive—350 constantly changing labels of wine with more than 20 available by the glass, 31 beers, and dozens of types of cheese and meat stock this self-proclaimed “VinoPub” with enough choices to stump even the most confident life coach. The majority of foods come from Texan purveyors—as do Wiseman House Chocolates—but some travel from as far as Holland, Italy, and France, where the brothers’ journey began.