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Author: Chelsea Bilbia

A SoCal native happy to call Irving my new home. From food to wine to adventures, I love spending my free time exploring cities, nature, and all the hot spots to try. Cheers! 

Best Wine Happy Hour Spots

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 11:00 AM by Chelsea Bilbia

Happy Wine Wednesday, y’all! With the weather *hopefully* starting to cool off in North Texas, it’s time to start exploring the best happy hour spots in Irving to enjoy your vino and some great patio weather, Wednesdays and beyond! From Italian to seafood to steakhouses, here are some great spots with killer deals to sip your wine with friends, family, or loved ones.

Italian Cafe

387 E Las Colinas Blvd #120, 75039

National Red Wine Day

Friday, August 28, 2020 1:00 PM by Chelsea Bilbia

Today marks National Red Wine Day! A truly special day for all us wine lovers, you’re sure to see me with a glass in one hand and a bottle in the other today. Red wine can elevate any dinner, happy hour, or movie night at home. With so many red grape varietals, you can find the perfect bottle to match your taste preferences. Some of the big names we all know and love, such as cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, and zinfandel can be found on most all wine lists and wine aisles. While those are tried and trued choices, maybe this National Red Wine Day, step out of your comfort zone and try a new varietal or blend to say “Cheers!” Syrah, Sangiovese, Malbec, Grenache, and Tempranillo are some great options to help open up your palate to new vineyards or regions. No matter the grape, red wine will always be the perfect complement to steaks, pizzas, cheese plates, and all things chocolate. Try these incredible spots in Irving this National Red Wine Day for amazing wines and food! 


One of my favorite summertime activities is to visit our local museums and art galleries. Experiencing culture, fine arts, and history in a peaceful and thought-provoking setting satisfies my need for adventure. Unfortunately, this year has brought us social distancing and limited indoor activities instead. If you're like me during these times, you're choosing patios over dining rooms and outdoor workouts over indoor gyms.

So what are we to do when we want to see local art in Irving while remaining outdoors? Luckily, Irving is chock-full of incredible outdoor sculptures and art installations to get us through until we can fully enjoy the likes of the Irving Arts Center halls and Irving Archives exhibits; both of which are actually offering virtual tours so be sure to check those out. 

Irving's Best for Cheese & Wine Wednesday

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 12:00 PM by Chelsea Bilbia

Cheese and wine truly are a perfect match, so it's natural to think of cheese when you think of Wine Wednesday. From champagne and brie to pinot noir and gruyère, here is a list of great restaurants in Irving to stock up on some great cheese or cheesy food to go with your Wine Wednesday.

Charcuterie Boards

From basic to elaborate, you can never go wrong with a charcuterie board and a bottle of wine. These boards give you a great opportunity to try several different kinds of cheese and Irving has no shortage of amazing charcuterie options.

Best Places to Stock up for Wine Wednesday

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:00 PM by Chelsea Bilbia

Cheers, y’all! We’ve made it to Wednesday which means it’s almost the weekend and time to relax with some refreshing whites or bold reds. Whichever side of the vineyard you gravitate toward, let’s all raise our glasses and explore the best places in Irving to stock up for Wine Wednesday.