toast and roast

Some of you love Texas wine. Some of you are skeptical about its quality. Here is your chance to taste the 20 Best Texas Wines all in one place and all for free. That’s right, What Are You Drinking is giving away a pair of tickets to the The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas‘s inaugural Toast & Roast event being held this Sunday, March 1, at Rancho Cuernavaca.

Why am I giving these away? Because its my birthday and this is my birthday party. You better be there.

This is going to be an incredibly fun party and the only place where you can taste all 20 of Texas Monthly Magazine Best Texas Wines of 2014 selected by wine editor, Jessica Dupuy. Whether you love Texas wine or are curious about it, Toast & Roast is the perfect opportunity to try some of Texas’ finest wines. From 2:00 to 3:00 pm you’ll be able to try 20 wines and learn more about them from  the winemakers themselves. Pretty damn cool.

TEXAS Wine at TEXSOM

After that, the festivities switch to the roast, with a feast of grilled pig, goat, and lamb prepared by Chef Bates of Noble Sandwich. Wines from Fall Creek Vineyards and Pedernales Cellars will be poured to go well with that roasty goodness. Rain or shine, it will be a ton of fun hanging out at the stunningly beautiful ranch while dancing to “brown-grass” music from the Austin-based band, Sour Bridges. I’ll save you a dance.

Its a party with a cause. Over the last 29 years, the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas has donated almost $2 million to charitable causes to support vineyard research, educational grants and scholarships, and other deserving causes. Beneficiaries include Austin Food for Life, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, The Sustainable Food Center, The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture & Fruit Lab, and Texas Sommelier Association (TEXSOM).

Tickets are $100 for non-members (on sale today for $80), but here is your chance to win a pair. All you have to do is answer the following question:

“What is one wine that has been recognized on the Texas Monthly 2014 Best Texas Wine list?”

Submit your answer in the comment section below. One winner will be chosen at random from all correct submissions at 6pm CT today.

Come out and celebrate my birthday, Texas Independence Day and Texas wine.

What Ya Need to Know:

  • When: Sunday, March 1st, 2015
  • Where: Rancho Cuernavaca, 1803 N. Cuernavaca Dr, Austin, TX
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. — Toast with Texas Monthly’s Best Texas Wines of 2014
  • 3:00-5:00 p.m. — Roast by Chef John Bates, Music by Sour Bridges, and wine by the glass provided by Fall Creek Vineyards and Pedernales Cellars

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Updated Thursday, 2/26/2015 at 6:00 pm: Congratulations to Nancy Marr who correctly named Fall Creek Vineyards GSM, 2012 as one of the Best Texas Wines. Her comment was selected at random among 14 correct answers. We’re happy to have you at our event!

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official drink of austin

What are you doing on Thursday night? Do you want to go watch some of the most talented bartenders in Austin mix amazing cocktails in hopes that their concoction is crowed “The Official Drink of Austin”? Do you want to taste everything they make? Do you want to do it for free?

Hell yeah!

Here is your chance. What are You Drinking is giving away a pair of tickets to this bad-ass event.

The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is once again in bed with Tipsy Texan to host the crazy fun Official Drink of Austin cocktail competition on Thursday, February 26 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Fair Market.  The insanely talented  bar teams from drink.well., Half Step, Odd Duck, Garage, Licha’s Cantina, and VOX Table will strut their stuff to see who is best.

Now, this’ll be a straight cocktail-off, old school rules. First bartender mixes; second bartender duplicates, then elaborates. Okay, boys – let’s go to work! … or something like that.

It won’t be David Bowie judging this competition. Nope. The esteemed judges include Jason Kosmas, co-founder of The 86 Company; Jack Gilmore, chef and owner of Jack Allen’s Kitchen; Justin Elliott, last year’s Official Drink of Austin winner and bartender at qui restaurant; Dan Gentile, writer for Thrillist; and Austin singer/songwriter Gina Chavez. Like Bowie, many of the judges will be wearing leather pants and excessive makeup and trying to make it with David Alan.

Did I mention the drinks? There will be gallons of delicious Texas booze poured from the generous distillers at Dulce Vida Organic Tequila, Treaty Oak Distilling, Balcones Distilling, Garrison Brothers, Deep Eddy Vodka, White Hat Rum, Dripping Springs Gin, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Genius Gin, Revolution Spirits, Paula’s Texas Spirits,Tequila 512, and more. Plus you can wiggle your tushy to the groovy cuts spun by DJ ulovei.

Its not just for braggin’ rights. These selfless bar heroes are raising money for culinary grants too. The Austin Food and Wine Alliance raises fat sacks of cash for culinary grants, giving away $75,000 since 2012.

Tickets are $55, but here is your chance to win a pair. All you have to do is answer the following question:

“What Texas spirit was included in the winning cocktail recipe from the 2014 Official Drink of Austin?”

Submit your answer in the comment section below. One winner will be chosen at random from all correct submissions.

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Updated Tuesday, Feb 24, 7:40 pm: Thanks to everyone who entered! Bryce Boltjes had the correct answer, Balcones Rumbles was the Texas spirit used in the Tepache. Many of you had the right answer, and Bryce’s response was chosen by drawing a random number. I hope to see you there on Thursday!

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