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About Off The Vine, Wineshop & Cellar ~ Holly Donnelly Proprietor
Owner + Operator of Grapevine's oldest Wine Shop on the historic village's Main Street, which opened in 1993.
We are small enough to offer you our full attention when you are looking for help with selecting, big enough to have relationships with all distributors and attentive enough to hand-write our own tasting notes that hang on every bottle we offer! We taste everything we sell, and can tell you a story about each one on our shelves.
Holly born in Marin County, CA, grew up traveling, and returned to Texas for her second residency here in 1995, and the start of her career in retail! A Graduate Gemologist by training, a gap year living close to Wine Country in Northern California, and then a move to Grapevine, allowed Holly to develop her hobby with wine into a new career.
As Holly tells it, once she completed her business degree studies graduating from UTD, the idea of being stuck looking at crystals & rocks forever became only a good second choice to being able to go to a job filled with tasting, educating and selling wines to the world. Holly, her husband Marius and their two boys live in Grapevine, so her shop is close enough to cycle to on the nice days, convenient on cold ones, and never more than 10 minutes commute home, on the busiest of them!
Due to a vagary of local permitting, Off The Vine is not permitted to sell by the glass and only by the bottle, so Holly's tasting space is the wine shop's Cellar next door. An intimate space for 30+/-, it is a great place for the shop's weekly tastings, events and catered occasions.
Tastings at the Off The Vine are a regular affair, with the returning customers of the Wine Shop as our primary guests, featuring deep dives on varietals, regions, winery groups and winemakers in a format that is conversational and approachable for all from novice to somm, we find some great wines!
With 35+ years in the bar & hospitality trade, Marius has worked with Whiskey, a lot! Now he offers Whiskey Tastings here in OTV's Cellar. Known in Dallas as the proprietor of Trinity Hall Irish Pub, which closed after twenty years of Tastings, Live Bands and the largest collection of whiskey in DFW. His tastings are light hearted full of information and stories, and always a lot of fun to attend!