Deep Ellum Wine?

One of the things that make Texas wineries so interesting is the people behind the wine.  We first met Benjamin Calais at his Dallas Deep Ellum winery.  Calais Winery has a cool Deep Ellum wine lounge vibe but Benjamin is serious about his wine and wines from old world and new world artisanal wine producers. Benjamin, a cool young French winemaker, makes his own wine that he names after streets in Deep Ellum and he sources wines that he personally selects from around the world, offering tasting and purchase by the bottle.  Take a seat at the tasting bar and Benjamin will tell you about what he is doing and why.  He will also recommend his own picks and tell you about the source and why he likes it.  For his own wines Benjamin is straight forward about his grape sources.  Right now most of his grapes come from California because Texas grapes have a limited supply and are more expensive.  Benjamin tells us he never could have started his own winery in France so we all benefit from the Texas wine laws that allow young winemakers to start small.  For more info on Calais Winery check out calaiswinery.com.  The Calais Winery tasting bar is a comfortable place to increase your wine knowledge and get to know the new generation of Texas winemakers.  

Benjamin Calais on Food Roots Eat Green DFW Tour July 11, 2009

Benjamin Calais on Food Roots Eat Green DFW Tour July 11, 2009

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