What did you drink in 2011?

What a fantastic year it has been. My humble blog has evolved and matured this year. Here is a look at what happened in 2011:

  • Posted 58 stories:  28 about wine, 23 about cocktails and 10 about beer
  • Posted stories from Singapore, Salt Lake City, Columbus and San Diego
  • Met and interviewed dozens of wonderful winemakers, distillers, brewmasters, sommeliers and bartenders.
  • More than 18,000 of you wonderful people visited my site during the year
  • Celebrated the blog’s first anniversary with a kick-ass party at the W Hotel Austin
  • Thrilled, honored and humbled to win the Austin American Statesman “Texas Social Media Award
  • “What Are You Drinking?” was recoginized on the prestigious Austin American Statesman “Out & About 500” list of socialites
  • Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse
  • Eight “What Are You Drinking?” stories also appeared in the Food & Drink section of CultureMap
  • 12 Most ran a “What Are You Drinking?” story

This blog has been a labor of love. I write at night and on weekends when I’m not busy with my full-time job. All of the time and effort are worth it because I’m able to meet so many interesting people who are passionate about the beverages they create. I’m thrilled to tell their stories.

I owe a lot of thanks to many people for the blog’s success this year. Beautiful Wife has been extremely supportive and tolerant of the amount of time it takes to conduct interviews, research, write and curate each story. Big thanks to her for helping me keep this going. Thanks to all of the folks that tolerated my interviews. Thanks to the PR people for arranging for stories and sending samples to review. Thanks to everyone who reads this and provides feedback. I’ll keep writing as long as you keep reading.

I have several stories lined up for 2012 already, but I’d love to hear what you are most interested in. What are you drinking? What do you want me to write about? Tell me in the comment section below.

Happy New Year!

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.

2 thoughts on “What did you drink in 2011?”

  1. Matt,

    Well done on a year full of accomplishments with the blog. It was a year in which I was able to not only meet you, but develope a friendship as well and ultimately that’s what wine is all about. Cheers to the power of good drink! Keep up the labor of love that is your writing, it’s something I read often and you have much to offer the ever-growing booze loving community in Austin. Cheers to you and your family, enjoy some Grower Champagne, and here’s to an even better 2012!

    Bill Elsey

    1. Thanks Bill! Its talented wine experts like you that make writing about the industry so rewarding. So great to get to know you and look forward to drinking more delicious wine with you in 2012.

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