Hello again my wine lovers!!! I hope you all had a great Halloween! I know we are all looking forward to Thanksgiving, so let me throw an idea out there for all those relatives and friends that will soon be invading your space!
Drinking wine and painting a canvas at Bottle and Bottega! Yep, one of those locations where you can get drink as much as you want, and paint away at a blank canvas! Well, you need to try and actually paint the selected picture, so I would advise against over indulging on the vino.
I recently had the pleasure of attending a class at their North Texas location in Flower Mound (one of two locations in Texas. Currently the only other location is in Plano), and I will admit, it was awesomely different from the other painting places I have been to.
How so you ask. Well I mean, check out the welcoming entrance!
I love the colors, the purple especially, and the window straight up tells you what “Bottega” actually means (which I had no idea either), along with a full sized event calendar of their 3 hour classes (some of the classes you can walk in and join in on. But be prepared to play catch up if needed! )
Walk inside to the friendly owner and the brightly colored walls,which really gives off the artistic welcoming vibe, not to mention the huge glass of corks (woo!) that lets you know you’re in the right place for wine lovers.
Walking through you see all the blank canvases that are just screaming “paint me! Paint me!”
with your own copy of the picture you’re going to paint at the top, (which I personally liked because sometimes it’s easier with your own copy instead of looking at just one copy that everyone in the class has to also look at) and then you can check out the back entrance
that opens up to a sidewalk connecting all the shops at Lakeside,
and a breath of fresh air.
Then comes a favorite part of mine, where you get to relax, socialize, and get in your painting mode as enjoy your happy hour while everyone shows up, as classes actually start a half hour later than stated on the calendar. (Nice right? In case you’re running late, then there’s no pressure!)
Now, wait! What about the wine I decided to bring, because Hello! that is one of the main draw ins.
Well, I did something different and decided to bring the one cup, actually 187ml cup (and it is reusable) of Fetzer Quartz White Blend. Yeah, you know you’ve seen it around before and thought, well that looks cool and weird, and yet totally picnic-y. Yep, admit it. Well, I bought one of each (there’s a red and a white blend, that is also available in your standard 750ml bottle as well for about $12) a while back for an incredibly good deal, and decided it would be perfect for the occasion. I mean come on! Plastic cup, great grippage, screw on lid, you can take it anywhere; it’s perfect!
I know I was a little excited about the convenience of the wine. To continue, the white blend of primarily chardonnay and riesling was pretty good!
Light and pale color with white peach and melon aroma, it was very refreshing with a slight sweetness that actually complemented the half brownie half madeline bites ( I believe they’re called Duet Bites by Sugar Bowl Bakery. Only $5 at Tom Thumb! ) I was eating with my sister-in-law, that yes, are totally addictive.
Perfect to Pair With: Chicken Alfredo and other chicken dishes, Salmon and other fish dishes, cheese plates, fruit plates, and of course, by itself!
Average Price: $4.99 – for the 187ml cup size! Available at CVS, Walgreens, and some retail locations.
For the regular size bottle (750ml), $13.99. Available at Kroger, and other retail wine locations!
So after about six or seven of these wonderful bites, (because who can eat just one of those little sugary goodness things!) our awesome and very animated step by step painting instructor (who was just hilarious and totally great with working with all of us!), my painting turned out pretty good.
Yeah, that shortie on the left is me.
Okay I know, lots of pictures. But hey, I really want you guys to get a visual of how much fun this place is! Now what are you waiting for?! Reserve a seat for you and a friend here: Bottle & Bottega DFW- North Central