About Us


“This place must be enchanted! ”  a happy guest

LCWNiteArbor      We are a boutique Texas winery and bistro, family owned and run by Caris and Terry Turpen.

     We make most all the wines we sell, and our Bistro features dishes that show off the best of food and wine pairing.

     Wine tasting is in our Tasting Room and our gift shop has many items made by local artists – we do our best to find unique items that promote what is called “The Culture of the Table” – food, wine and friendship.

     Our goal in wine tasting is to help you find something you like – don’t worry about “not being a connoisseur” … nobody is born knowing about wines – it takes trying them to figure out what you like and perhaps even why you like it.  We’re here to help.

     We love pairing wines and foods and providing a cool place to enjoy them.  We offer our LightBites menu Fridays and Saturdays from 5 – 8 and Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 3.  There is a set menu and weekly specials that match with specific wines.  We also do the catering for our on-site wedding receptions, showers, parties and private dinners.

     On the winemaking side, we are dedicated to making small lots of very fine wines. Our small estate vineyard of 50 Lenoir (also known as Black Spanish) vines is used for grape growing and pruning demonstration; we harvest enough fruit each year to make about one barrel.  Our other wines are made from Texas grapes, showcasing the best each vineyard has to offer.  Fine wines are begun in the growing – you can’t make a great wine from mediocre fruit.  Our winemaking practices are devoted to developing delicious, pleasure enhancing wines thru clean, subtle and thoughtful winemaking.  We release a total of 1500 cases of 12 – 15 different wines each year.

     We are part of the Cross Timbers Wine Trail, which has six wineries located on a N-S axis on the western edge of the DFW metroplex.  Go to the CTWT website to buy an open Wine Trail ticket, good for tasting wines at each of the six wineries as well as receiving a Reidel crystal wine glass with each purchase.

     We host luncheon and dinner parties and the full winery is available for rental for your private event, wedding and/or reception.  Have a look at our Parties and Rentals page.

     We host Jazz Sunday the first Sunday each month April thru November.

     Caris’ art studio is housed in the winery.  We host art and craft classes offered by local artists.  See our Event Calendar for a list of Jazz dates, craft classes and more.

     A major feature of our wine and food emphasis is our Winemaker’s Dinners.  Chef/Owner Caris puts together themed dinners with matched wines, tells stories and gives insider information on the food and wine creation process.  These dinners are a unique wine and food experience.

<- See our Events Calendar.

Thanks for visiting our website – come see us and experience some of Texas wine life.

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Caris Turpen

Co-owner • Winemaker • Executive Chef

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     Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Caris has lived in Fort Worth since 1990.   Her dad was from Moran, Texas, near Albany (north of Abilene in Shackleford County), 4th generation Texan.  Her mom was Greek-American from San Francisco.   Her grandmother was the family winemaker in Greece and then in New York.   She didn’t know of her winemaking heritage until she’d been making wine for several years – some things get passed along whether or not we know it.

     Caris is a creative person.  She has been involved in the film industry for a long time. She started winemaking as a hobby when she was working as Visual Effects Supervisor on the TV series WISHBONE (for which she won a Daytime Emmy™ in 1998), as a way to have a little fun making something she enjoyed. (WISHBONE was shot in Plano and Allen, north of Dallas).  An interest blossomed, a passion developed and a talent emerged.   She went back to school and worked on a degree in Enology and Viticulture (winemaking and grapegrowing).  She made wines from grapes she picked in various Texas vineyards and then worked for a commercial winery.

     She and Terry saw it was possible to start their own little winery. They love the sensory experience of wine and food and the emotional and spiritual experience of sharing this with friends.  And, that glass of wine is great at the end of a long shooting day.

Winemaking is Art and Science,
stirred by Mystery. – Caris Turpen

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Terry Turpen

Co-owner • Host • Wine Cocktail Specialist

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      Terry put himself through college tending a wine/beer bar in Commerce, Texas.  He learned lots of things that he’s been able to apply to the winery – how to make people feel welcome, how to pour a generous glass of wine, and how to talk to the many types of folks that come thru our doors.

     But these things are in his nature anyway. He likes people.  He loves good conversation.  He is a natural teacher and can explain all about the winemaking process.  You’ll often find him with a glass of our Cabernet and smoking a fine cigar greeting guests as they arrive for dinner.  At home he makes a mean martini, which, after some days, we really need.

     Terry’s martini shaker and barware collection is now on display at the winery.

(For information on  Terry’s other business, Sobrante Film Accessories, please click here.)

I want every guest or customer to leave with a smile on their face. – Terry Turpen

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chaionbarrel2      Chai was a six month old stray kitten who adopted us – we took her in and the winery was her home for her many years of beautiful life. She left us one day and we remain with our love of her wise, gracious and charming spirit and gratitude for the time we had with her.  Our HAPPY CAT wine is named after and labeled with her image here, taken while she was watching the sunset one afternoon from her favorite wine barrel perch.  The Happy Cat brand continues in her honor.

     We support animal fostering and adoption.  Chai and our home kitties and dogs are all rescues who found their way to a loving home – most are not so fortunate.   Spay/neuter your pet and help them live a long and healthy life, and avoid adding to the unwanted pet population.

CATTAILS.ORG is a local health & management organization for feral kitties. Visit their website to learn about the work they do, and how to volunteer or donate to this hardworking group.

 

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     YES, we are DOG FRIENDLY on the Arbor, Terrace and Pavilion.  Dogs must be leashed at all times.  We will happily provide your pooch with water and maybe even a bone.  Please do not bring your dog to Jazz Sunday; the noise and crowd can stress your pup.  Of course service animals are welcome everywhere, any time.