What a year

I recently celebrated the first anniversary of my blog with a happy hour at TRACE Restaurant in the W Hotel, Austin. A drink is so much better when you can share it with someone. I started writing What are you drinking? to share my thoughts on wine, spirits, beers and the places we drink them and to hear what you think about them. What a year it’s been.

During the past year I’ve written more than 90 posts about great drinks in Austin, Columbus, Chicago, New York, Portland, Salt Lake City, Brazil, Japan, Singapore and two from China. I’ve met gallons of wonderful people who share an interest in fine wine and artisanal spirits and beer. The stories I’ve heard and the feedback you’ve shared have kept me writing for the past year, and hopefully for a year or more to come.

I’d say that was worth celebrating. I’m glad so many of you turned out to hear about the signature cocktails from Joe Thompson, raise a glass, talk about what you like to drink, describe each other with wine tasting notes, share your favorite summer drinks and tell us your favorite thing to drink at the W. Here’s what you said:

Favorite drink at the W Hotel, Austin – South Austin Eye Opener

Favorite summer drinks

  • Kir Royale
  • Bluegrass Martini
  • Margarita
  • Mojito
  • Mexican Martini
  • Prosecco
  • Lillet Blanc Martini
  • Grapefruit and Vodka
  • Rosé wine
  • French 76
  • Beer (come on guys, you could be a little more specific…)


Keep me inspired. Keep your suggestions coming. Keep sending me feedback. I’ll keep writing.

More pictures here.

What are you drinking?




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Matt McGinnis

As a marketing strategist for Pen & Tell Us, Matt McGinnis provides marketing, branding and communications counsel to food and beverage as well as other clients globally. He is also an avid beverage enthusiast, chronicling his interests as a Food & Drink contributing writer for CultureMap, as the Food & Drink columnist for Austin Man Magazine, and as a blogger for What Are You Drinking?. He is passionate about the wine industry having previously worked at a winery in Oregon and in wine sales. He has served as Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse, and is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. His writing has been recognized as a Top 10 Food Blog by the Austin Chronicle in 2013 and 2014, with a 2011 Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman.

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