Fortress Festival is here this weekend, and there’s an event dedicated solely to curing any post-festival hangover. But first there’s lots of wine to enjoy, including an Australian wine dinner, a wine tasting paired with Southern bites, and a new monthly wine class. Recharge with yoga and brunch on Sunday followed by one of the biggest (and meat-heaviest) tasting events of the year.
Tuesday, April 24
Mollydooker Wine Dinner at Grace
Grace will welcome Australian winemaker and Mollydooker Wines founder and owner Sarah Marquis for this five-course dinner, to be paired with Cabs, Merlot and plenty of Shiraz. Blaine Staniford’s menu will offer Colorado lamb carpaccio, smoked duroc pork collar, beef cheek meat pie, and blueberry cobbler with Meyer lemon curd. Seats are $175 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and an opening reception starts at 6:30 pm.
Wednesday, April 25
Krupp Brothers Wine Tasting at Fixe Southern House
One can only hope biscuits are on the menu of tray-passed complimentary bites included in this happy hour wine tasting. The delicate yet dense biscuits — made with three kinds of mouthwatering fat including butter, vegetable and pork — are what this new, Tastemaker Award-nominated restaurant is known for. The wine tasting is $25 per person and will run from 5-7 pm.
Thursday, April 26
Tasting Thursday Wine Class at Max’s Wine Dive
Here’s an easy way to learn more about wine without spending a lot of time (and money) on a sommelier certification. Max’s Wine Dive kicks off its monthly wine class on Thursday with “Wine 101,” a two-hour class that includes five wines, light bites, and a basic overview by beverage manager Aaron Springer. Topics will change from month to month. The class is $25 (plus tax and gratuity) and will run from 6-8 pm.
Sunday, April 29
Yoga & Brunch at Pinstripes Fort Worth
Sip and Namaste a while at Pinstripes this Sunday. CorePower Yoga will host a one-hour energizing yoga class at 9 am at the new bowling and bocce bowl entertainment complex at the Shops at Clearfork. The $5 class fee includes a complimentary mimosa, as well as $5 off Pinstripes’ Sunday brunch buffet (normally $22 per person). There’ll be waffles, omelets made to order, biscuits and gravy, Italian flatbreads, carved meats, and $5 Bloody Marys all day. The brunch buffet is open from 10 am-2 pm.
La Cruda/Hangover Fest at Blackhouse
La cruda is Spanish for “hangover,” and the folks behind Blackhouse want to helps cure yours after Fortress Festival’s first night. Located in a historic two-story home painted completely charcoal black in Fort Worth’s historic Rock Island neighborhood near downtown, the new event space will be open for Bloody Marys made with local Blk Eye Vodka and homemade Mexican food. A DJ will help shake off any Sunday sleepiness. Tickets are exactly $12.61 and include bottomless Bloody Marys (the food is extra), and the event will run from 10 am-1 pm.
2018 Barrett Havran Memorial Big Taste of Fort Worth
It’s a carnivorous night at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, where the 39th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser will feature a steakhouse-heavy lineup of restaurants. Longtime regulars Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Reata, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and The Capital Grille are back, along with new participant B&B Butchers & Restaurant — recently crowned CultureMap Tastemakers Best New Restaurant in Fort Worth. The $125 Main Tasting ticket includes food, wine and live music from 5:30-8 pm. Guests can pay $75 more for a VIP wine tasting from 4-6 pm.