Fort Worth Date Night: Wound up from the holidays? Time to wine down (FW Business Press)

November 24, 2009

When asked about family funny man George Burns replied, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” I hope this is not your attitude when it comes to the holidays. Perhaps, spending a few days with family is just what you are looking forward to.

But, we all know that we eventually need a break. This week’s Date Night serves up just that – the perfect chance for just the two of you to spend some time alone for a couple of hours. This week, we’re headed to Grapevine.

I must admit, after touring several vineyards in the D-FW area, Delaney Vineyards is one of the best. On a recent Saturday afternoon, we put the top down and cruised to Grapevine for a tour and tasting. It far exceeded our expectations. Delaney Vineyards is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The free tours are given on the hour and, depending on the guide, usually last about a half hour.

Our guide was great. He was pleasant, witty and knowledgeable. And, because no one else showed up at that time, we were given a private tour. He explained the amazing building, the art inside and a little about the architecture. Then, we moved outside to discuss the grapes, the vineyard, the harvesting seasons and much, much more. At the end, we moved back inside to where all the magic happens. Our guide taught us how the wine was actually made as we were standing by the massive vats and other equipment. We even saw where the wine was bottled. It was educational, yet, entertaining.

Sure, it was great to learn about the wine. But, isn’t the wine tasting what it’s all about? This was the greatest part of our visit. For a mere $10, we were able to try six different Delaney wines. Handed a form and pencil, we also graded and made notes on our favorites. A great ending to a wonderful afternoon.

Which is why you two should head out there this weekend. You couldn’t ask for better weather. And, with a house full of family, what better time than to sneak out for a “breather?” So, if you come from the George Burns school of thought, don’t think of this week’s Date Night as an escape “to” somewhere. Better yet, think of it as an escape “from” someone.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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