Where to Drink
Where to drink in Fort Worth right now: 6 wine bars and patios to rosé the day away
If there’s a season for rosé, it’s now. Crisp, acidic, and thirst-quenching, the blush-colored beverage tends to go down easy, and its sales peak between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Rosé — be it bubbly or still — is the red wine drinker’s white and the white wine drinker’s red, without all the heft that other wines sometimes bring. While Provence, France is widely considered the benchmark for producing the world’s best rosé, varietals from other regions (made with grapes of all sorts) are growing on wine lists all over town. Here are six of Fort Worth’s best spots to drink pink.
Winslow’s Wine Café
Rosé is big here, so much that there’s an annual “rosé soiree” patio party held each year on the first day of spring. The Camp Bowie Boulevard restaurant and wine bar (which now has its own retail wine shop) currently offers four rosés by the bottle and a daily sparkling rosé on happy hour for only $6. While the compact bar area is always hopping, with its tall bar tables and cushy chairs, the sunshine-filled patio is the place to be when sipping something chilled. Indulge in Winslow’s popular wood-fired flatbread pizzas while there.
Craft & Vine Taproom & Eatery
Old Town Roanoke became even cooler when Craft & Vine opened there nearly two years ago. The third floor bar and restaurant has more than 70 beers and wines on tap — that’s one very long wall of spigots. Each has their own interactive touch-screens with descriptions and tasting notes. But it’s the covered patio, with its comfy couch seating and expansive West Texas views, that turns heads here. The breezy space provides the perfect vantage point for sunsets while sipping. Try one of the two rosés on tap now (the Napa Valley Hogwash is most popular right now), or choose one of the still or sparkling bottles of the pink drink to share paired with something from the raw bar. That’s right, Craft & Vine moonlights as a sushi and sashimi bar with oysters on the half shell, too.
There's something about this downtown bar and patio that exudes sophistication. Maybe it's the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the thick granite countertops and high barstools, and the neatly manicured greenery that frames the polished outdoor seating area. Sparkling rosé seems most appropriate here as a bubbly celebration of simply snagging a seat. Owner Adam Jones' 12-foot tall wine cellar has plenty. Choose from a half-dozen each of both sparkling and still varieties by the bottle, and four by the glass. Since rosé pairs well with nearly everything, try the sweet and spicy bacon-wrapped chorizo-stuffed dates and order a bottle to share.
With a wrought iron front door and window sheers keeping the interior private, this Park Place Avenue wine bar is discreet. Step inside to find cozy and spacious accommodations, with Old World-style furnishings, two levels of seating (the upstairs space is often booked for private events), and a quaint, string-lit patio shaded by a few trees. The place nearly closed back in 2014 after storms caused massive flooding just before its first anniversary. Now what was once a Fairmount neighborhood secret draws wine lovers from all over Fort Worth for wines from boutique vineyards — some even available by the wine growler. Patrons will find more than a dozen wines on tap (which guarantees freshness and quality), including two rosés. Owner Lindsey Crawford recommends the light and refreshing Maison Saleya rosé from Provence, France. “It’s perfect as we head into summer.”
The shore-to-door seafood restaurant is home to one of downtown’s swankiest bars and picture-perfect patios, with its string-lit trees, comfy seating and 360-degree bar with flat-screen TVs on every side. Bonnell’s wine cellar is stacked — there are currently a dozen bottles of rosé alone along with two more by the glass. The pink drink pairs well with seafood, thanks to its crisp minerality and light finish. Try a glass (or two) with a dozen raw oysters on the half shell and toast to coastal vibes.
Grand Cru Wine Bar & Boutique
There are bigger, flashier wine bars around town, but Grand Cru is a reputable pioneer having been established in 2008. (The operation moved from southwest Fort Worth to its current West Magnolia Avenue location in 2014.) The relaxed setting — with its brick walls, natural light, and cocktail table seating — is quaint without feeling crowded. Here patrons can try a rosé flight dubbed “a rosé by any other name” with three pours for just $12. There are also a slew of beautifully-hued 2018 French rosés arriving now, available by the bottle. They’re among 17 different bottles of rosé available right now — six of which are bubbly. Owners recommend trying Stoller Estate from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, but if feeling adventurous, ask for the effervescent rosé from Spain. Grand Cru also serves a lengthy menu of cheeses, charcuterie, and small plates — aimed at keeping customers nourished enough to rosé all day.