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Innovative wine bar in Fort Worth lets customers pour self-serve sips

Innovative wine bar in Fort Worth lets customers pour self-serve sips

38 & Vine
Wine and chocolate are one of life's great pairings. Photo by Nancy Mowins Farrar

UPDATE: The new wine bar will open at 11 am Saturday, December 21, the owners said in a Facebook post on December 19.


There's an exciting new concept coming to Fort Worth: Called 38 & Vine, it's a wine bar and tasting room set to open in December in the Foundry District, between downtown and the Cultural District.

The bar is opening at 212 Carroll St. #130, in a 1,440-square-foot tasting room that a release says is inspired by the look and feel of an intimate European cocktail lounge.

38 & Vine is from realtor Jennifer Demel and her husband, Sam Demel, a former Diamondback pitcher. The couple met at Texas Christian University. After graduation, Sam was drafted by the MLB's Oakland Athletics and spent five years as a major league player.

They envisioned a place for exploring wine in a comfortable, enjoyable environment.

The space features a 25-foot wall lined with 42 speciality wines. An innovative dispenser system will allow customers to serve themselves by sliding their card to select three pour sizes: a 1-ounce sip, a 2-ounce taste, and a 5-ounce glass. This approach lets customers try rare wines or sample a variety before deciding on a selection for the night.

The menu will also include champagne and craft beer from DFW breweries.

For food, 38 & Vine has partnered with two local purveyors to provide bites and desserts:

  • Meyer & Sage, a fellow Foundry District business, will supply ready-made charcuterie boards, hummus plates, and small salads.
  • Gold Ribbon Confections, the acclaimed Arlington bakery, will provide an assortment of cakes, pies, and chocolates, rotating based on seasonal ingredients and flavors.

The space also features a 10-seat private tasting room for small group tastings, educational classes, and private reservations. In addition, 38 & Vine will offer a wine club membership with discounts, first options to purchase new selections, and event invitations.

"Sam and I love Fort Worth and always knew that it would be our forever home," says Jennifer in a statement. "We wanted to bring a piece of our favorite things from traveling back to the city to share with the community we care so much about."