I’ll have the Château d’Yquem and the CTS
by CHRISTOPHER WYNN
Kent & Co. WinesMaybe it’s the purple 1963 Cadillac convertible that is often on display. Maybe it’s the 167 wines available by the glass. Whatever it is, KENT & CO. WINES on Fort Worth’s bustling Magnolia Avenue is officially a “thing.” The wine bar was created by Will Churchill and Corrie Watson, fourth-generation owners of car megadealer Frank KentMotor Company. The two purchased the building — an old typewriter-repair shop — and spent $1.5 million renovating it into a stylish brick, steel and glass showcase for wine and wheels. New models from the Frank Kent Cadillac, Honda and Hyundai dealerships are displayed inside (one atop a lift) and outside on the patio.
The shop stocks a total of 258 wines for the buying, including four custom-crush varieties, and a selection of craft beers. Three staff sommeliers help you narrow the options. In-house bites include locally sourced artisan cheese and charcuterie, but the real insider secret is ordering in: You can summon dinner from most of the restaurants on Magnolia Avenue and Kent & Co. will pick it up and serve it to you at the wine bar. (Yes, even from the cramped, cash-only, BYOB, no-reservations- allowed, impossible-to-get-into Nonna Tata.) Now, that’s life in the fast lane. 1101 W. Magnolia, Fort Worth, 817-632-6070, kcowines.com