California and Italy aren’t the only places to get cultured in the fruitful tasting of wine. Dallas, Texas offers a few quaint but exceptional wineries in the downtown area pouring with knowledge, friendliness and of course wine. Calais winery offers an intimate tasting area with limited but prominent décor as well as fantastic wine and conversation.
My husband and I consider ourselves above the novice status of wine drinkers, however, to our delight, we always find there is even more to learn and appreciate with every winery we visit. This one was no exception, and probably more of a scholarly event than just mere tasting and drinking. Calais is owned and ran by the winemaker himself, Ben Calais. Ben takes great pride in bringing the tradition of French wine making to Texas. He was extremely informant on providing his experience and his passion of the making of his own wine and opinions of other wines. Calais allows you to bring your own treats from home or the market to enjoy. While we enjoyed Ben’s exemplarily wine, we brought our own snacks of cheese, fruit and cake from Eatzi’s, not far from the winery.
During our visit, Calais was featuring a variety of wines to taste. Cleverly, the wines are named after the streets of Deep Ellum, but in their French name. We tasted the 2007 Cuvee des marrons, a traditional port wine for with rich sweet flavor. La Cuvee Principale was perfection on a hot Dallas day as this crisp refreshing fruity Chardonnay cools a parched palette. Finally, La Cuvee du Chene was an excellent full bodied Cabernet that complimented our red velvet cake with its full bodied sweetness.
Calais is open from Wednesday to Sunday with Tasting from 3pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturdays. Calais also features a Wine Club, online purchasing, and special monthly events with different wines based on the season. Keep an eye out on for upcoming events in the future with Calais on our website or theirs.