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Terroir De Runway

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  • Publish Date: Nov 1, 2010

Terroir De Runway
Time to kill between flights? If you're in Dallas, visit the airport winery.

Only four games in, and the World Series between the Giants and the Rangers has seen heart-racing moments aplenty. We're sure that fans of both teams would agree that the Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport experience can be as stressful as watching your team play for a championship. But if you’re one of the lucky few flocking to Texas to watch game five tonight, we know just the place to relax: La Bodega Winery.

With locations in terminals A and D, La Bodega is the country's first bonded winery at a major airport. It's a sister operation of La Buena Vida Vineyards in Grapevine, Tex. (also right near Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport), and is mostly a wine bar. The majority of the selections are Texas wines, but a portion of the list is dedicated to bottles from other corners of the world. Wines are available in taste portions, by the glass and by the bottle.

The business has been going strong since it opened in 1995, when owner Gina Puente-Brancato converted part of her family's newsstand and a United Airlines utility closet into what's now La Bodega. Along with Vino Volos at several of the nation's airports, layovers aren't sounding so bad anymore.

Of course, sipping some wine to pass the time between flights is one thing. Sipping some wine to cushion the blow of a World Series loss--on top of a flight delay--is another thing entirely. But it seems as though La Bodega can calm the nerves of Giants and Rangers fans alike.

What's the best airport wine experience you've had? Tell us about it below.

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Nov 1, 2010
I stopped in the wine bar in DFW on my way to the World Series. They have a nice selection of wines from Texas as well as from regions around the world. I tried their La Bodega chardonnay, which was crisp with a nice acidity. If you are looking for the one in Terminal A, it's near gate 15.

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Nov 1, 2010
Sipping the mini-bottles ("Glass Sippers") by @ChateauMontelena, their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, prior to taking a red-eye to the East Coast from SFO are clearly my best airport-wine memory of late!

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In a restaurant, who gets to taste the bottle of wine when it is opened?