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New Wine Bar Brings Innovative System to Fort Worth — Everything You Need to Know About Thirty Eight & Vine

Husband and Wife Entrepreneurs Include a Former MLB Pitcher

BY // 11.13.19

A new Fort Worth wine bar and tasting room will be ready to pour just in time for the holidays. Located in the burgeoning Foundry District, between downtown and the cultural district, Thirty Eight & Vine is set to open at 212 Carroll Street in December.

Whether you are a passionate oenophile or simply a curious sipper, the wine bar will have a rotating selection of more than 40 American and imported wines to peruse. The diverse lineup of varietals, from crisp whites to rich reds, will be available in one, two, or five-ounce pours ― all from Thirty Eight & Vine’s innovative self-serve dispensers.

Guests can check out the options along the 25-foot wall of wine dispensers, and simply slide a card to select their pour.

Owners Sam and Jennifer Demel are both local real estate agents as well. As for the new wine bar’s name ― Sam is a retired MLB pitcher whose jersey number was 38, and of course, the fruit of the vine is the focal point of their new business. After traveling to some of the country’s biggest metropolitan cities, the couple realized that North Texas was missing something.

“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,” Jennifer Demel tells PaperCity.

Thirty Eight & Vine is designed to be a space that feels like you’ve been transported to a cozy lounge.

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The 1,440-square-foot tasting room is inspired by the look and feel of an intimate European wine bar. The warm environment features lush decor, complemented by signature wallpaper and lounge seating options. The space also has a 10-seat private tasting room available for small group tastings, educational classes and private reservations.

In addition to Thirty Eight & Vine’s wine selection, the beverage menu will include champagne and craft beer options, sourced exclusively from DFW breweries. The new Fort Worth wine haven’s partnered with two local food favorites to provide light bites and dessert options.

Nearby Foundry District business Meyer & Sage will provide ready-made charcuterie boards, hummus plates and small salads, while Arlington bakery Gold Ribbon Confections supplies an assortment of cakes, pies and chocolates.

But in the end, it comes down to the wine.

Thirty Eight & Vine’s unique approach to service allows drinkers to taste rare and premium wines or sample a number of bottles, before purchasing their selection for the night. Hours will run Mondays to Thursdays from 11 am to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 11 pm, and Sundays from 12 noon to 7 pm.

You can also stop by to purchase bottles or cases and edibles to take home.

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