The largest wine festival in the Southwest starts Thursday, but it’s also a week for whiskey. Shop and sip or indulge in a steak dinner paired with fine whiskey cocktails. For those looking to learn something new, this week also includes opportunities to expand your knowledge of sparkling wine, make authentic Asian dumplings, and decorate cookies like a pro, just in time for fall parties.
Thursday, September 13
32nd Annual GrapeFest
The largest wine festival in the Southwest will take place in Historic Downtown Grapevine on September 13-16. While Texas wines are always the star here, this year’s event will also feature old world wines from California’s North Coast, as well as wines from the Rioja region of Spain. Patrons can also enjoy craft beer, live music, festival food, and a shaded champagne terrace for sampling premium bubbly. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 6 to 12. Admission is free Thursday through 5 pm Friday.
Bubbles and Bites at Cadillac Wines
Cruise into this classy car dealership-wine bar for some sparkling sips from around the world. The tasting is part of Cadillac Wines’ educational series, so expect to hear background on each wine from an expert. There’ll be hors d’oeuvre pairings, too. The tasting will begin at 6 pm and is $35 per person. When calling to make reservations, have your credit card handy as it’s required to reserve your spot.
Fall Cookie Decorating Class at Locavore
Leah Loose, formerly of the colorful cookie and cupcake haven Leah’s Sweet Treats on Camp Bowie Boulevard, will led this hands-on class. Participants will receive eight pre-made cookies to decorate during class, along with a royal icing recipe and 10 icing bags to take home. Bringing your own adult beverages is encouraged, but bringing children is not. (Loose has plans for kid-friendly classes down the road.) Tickets are $55 per person and the class begins at 6:30 pm.
WhistlePig Whiskey Dinner at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Sip fine-aged whiskey cocktails paired with a four-course Del Frisco’s dinner on a Thursday and you’re doing pretty well for yourself. The event will start with tray-passed hors d’oeuvres including pastrami cured smoked salmon and Tillamook beer cheese with soft pretzels. Rich dishes will include duck leg confit with sage brown butter crepes, a duo of Texas Rosewood Wagyu and 45-day dry-aged New York strip steak, and a chocolate ganache and orange marmalade tart. Each course comes with a unique WhistlePig whiskey cocktail. The dinner begins at 7 pm and is $195 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Saturday, September 15
Fall Fling at Whiskey Ranch
Sip whiskey and shop local at Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co’s expansive Whiskey Ranch, where a pop-up market will feature food trucks, live music, and artisan vendors. The rustic cocktail bar will serve craft libations made with both TX blended whiskey and TX bourbon. A portion of the $5 general admission fee will benefit Hope Center for Autism through Foodie Philanthropy. The event will run from 10 am-5 pm, and kids are welcome, too. (Children under 12 are free.)
Sunday, September 16
Rolls & Rosé Cooking Class at Kent & Co.
Learn to make authentic dumplings just like the pros at this hands-on class led by bloggers and besties Hao Tran of Lost in the Sauce and Dixya Bhattarai of Food, Pleasure, and Health. Participates will make three different kinds of dumplings, then devour them with rosé pairings. The class is $50 per person and will run from 2-4 pm.