Marc Sparks on Dallas-area Wineries

Venture capitalist and wine enthusiast Marc Sparks of Dallas loves to explore new family-owned wineries in Dallas. While he has never made wine as a major portion of his living, he and his wife do grow grapes on a 16 acre ranch east of Dallas. He also loves to visit different winemakers around the world. If you will be visiting Dallas soon, then consider these Dallas-area wineries. Learn more:


Times Ten Cellars


Outstanding Petit Verdot is produced at Times Ten Cellars. Enjoy spectacular jazz concerts on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings at either the Fort Worth or Dallas location. This winery grows many of its grapes at its Cathedral Mountain Vineyards in Alpine Texas. These grapes are often combined with grapes grown in California.


Checkered Past Winery


Located in the Deep Ellum district, the Checkered Past Winery is owned by Sandro DiSanto who moved to America from Sicily. He has worked at numerous Texas wineries before pouring his soul into opening this winery. If you are bringing along friends who do not like wine, then this establishment also serves a hand-selected assortment of Texas beers.


Bishop Arts Winery


Located on the corner of West Davis and North Tyler streets in Oak Cliff, the Bishop Arts Winery pools their funds with other micro-enterprises throughout Texas to create wine. Enjoy a special date night here by enjoying their lasagna while drinking outstanding wine. This winery also has a storefront making it a great place to stop and buy a bottle of Texas wine to give as a gift or enjoy at home. He also regularly organizes trips to other wineries located within 45 minutes of his Oak Cliff location.


When Marc Sparks is not busy trying these three Texas wineries that he highly recommends, he is busy finding seed funding for businesses through his Timber Creek Capital, LP . He is also exceedingly busy in the community working with worthwhile causes like the Samaritan’s Inn, The North Texas Gateway Apartments, Habitat for Humanity, Carpenters for Christ and Sparky’s Kids. If you are looking for funding or interested in investing in micro-enterprises, then make sure to contact him. Learn more: