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Winetastic is a wine bar and shop located in a small shopping center off Lemon Avenue in Dallas. The bar hosts periodic organized wine tastings with tutorials and also is open for impromptu tastings during regular hours. When it's less busy, staff can explain the tastings selection and offer insights. Wine menus typically change on a weekly basis. Simple foods like cheese and meat spreads and sometimes chocolates are offered to accompany the wine.

The shop has been at this location about 5 years. A walk-through wine store at the entrance leads to a long bar along the left hand wall in the back. Tables and booths are positioned in front of the bar and there are a couple of clusters of lounge chairs. The setup works for smaller parties and events, but if there are 40 or more people in the shop, traffic flow is impeded and mingling is a hassle. Free parking is available in a garage below the building which is a big plus relative to circling the block looking for a spot.

Winetastic is an independent wine shop and tastings bar so it can choose a variety of wines. If you are interested in a more formal class, check their website or call for scheduled events. A weekend event was fairly crowded and so there was little time to discuss the wines with the staff. The bartenders were generally courteous but busy so they just poured the wine and went onto the next customer. Five tastings cost about $20 and a one page menu with descriptions was provided. A Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon from California was the best of the wines tasted. It has a robust but fruity flavor and a fresh and inviting aroma. Also, a BV Century Cellars Chardonnay was above average with a sweet taste that hinted of citrus. Wine portions were reasonable and the glasses were clean. Winetastic passed muster as a place to sample wines, but it would rank below Times 10 Cellars in regard to the hospitality of the staff and the space and comfort of the surroundings.
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