Austin’s 10 Best Drink Slingers: Meet the CultureMap Tastemaker Award Nominees for Best Beverage Director

April 30, 2014

What is the right cocktail to drink while listening to Gary Clark Jr.? What wine will bring out the best in braised rabbit? The 10 nominees for the CultureMap 2014 Tastemaker Awards in the Best Beverage/Wine Program category keep Austin at the forefront of trends in craft cocktails and fine wine. Whether working at a cozy wine lounge […]

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Get your ugly mug on Esquire TV this week

April 21, 2014

Austin is no stranger to TV and film crews. If you’ve ever thought about appearing in a TV show with a drink in your hand, here is your chance. Esquire TV Network will be shooting in Austin this week for the show Best Bars in America, and it is looking for fans of Austin’s nightlife […]

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Toast St. Patrick’s Day the right way with these 5 Irish whiskies

March 14, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day has become an outlandish celebration of anything remotely Irish, as well as an excuse to get blindingly drunk. But it doesn’t have to be that way on March 17. To get into the traditional mood, sip a proper Irish whiskey this St. Pat’s Day. After all, the word “whiskey” comes from the Gaelic […]

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Beers to go: 3 Texas breweries introduce new canned beers for spring

March 11, 2014

The  warmer days of spring lure Austinites to the lake, to the green belts and swimming pools around town. All of that fresh air and healthy activity works up a mighty thirst that can only be quenched by a cold beer. Thankfully three Texas brewers — Independence Brewing Co., Hops & Grain Brewing and Spoetzl Brewery, makers of Shiner — […]

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Merry Edwards Honored as Featured Winemaker at the 29th Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction

March 4, 2014

This story originally ran on Austin Woman Magazine.  The wine world can be a bit of a good-old-boys club, but Sonoma County-based winemaker Merry Edwards has broken through the gender barrier in her 40-year career. Edwards, who makes pinot noir and sauvignon blanc at Merry Edwards Winery in the Russian River Valley, will be honored as the […]

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Deep Eddy Vodka and Absolut unveil tasty new flavors with Texas roots

February 24, 2014

New flavored vodkas from Deep Eddy Vodka and Absolut are hitting Texas shelves this month, just in time for spring break madness. And both are riding the wave of growing demand for flavored vodka with local roots. While vodka remains at the top of the heap for sales of alcohol — commanding 34 percent of all liquor sales — its sales are […]

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Win tickets to “Official Drink of Austin” cocktail competition and Texas spirit showcase

February 18, 2014

What is better than a room full of skilled bartenders from the top bars in Austin mixing excellent cocktails for you? Getting free tickets to the Official Drink of Austin competition courtesy of Austin Food & Wine Alliance and What Are You Drinking! That’s what.  The reincarnated booze bash returns this Thursday, February 20, after a two year nap to […]

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Recipes for romance: Perfect wine and food pairings for Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2014

Nothing ignites passion as well as wine properly paired with a meal made of aphrodisiacs. Making a romantic dinner for your sweetie at home on Valentine’s Day is a great way to avoid the crowds and the inevitable wait for a table. It also positions you much closer to the boudoir, should everything go as planned […]

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Food Comes First at the Austin Food & Wine Festival

January 23, 2014

The talent line up for the third annual Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, April 25-27, 2014 was announced this week. It features a star-studded list of local and national culinary pros starting with the organizing chefs Tim Love (Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie’s Steakhouse, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon); Tyson Cole (Uchi & Uchiko); and restaurateur Jesse Herman (La […]

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Forget Sochi: Elite sommeliers compete in ‘wine Olympics’ during Somms Under Fire

January 22, 2014

In just over two weeks, some of the world’s best athletes will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Whether it’s speed skating or snowboarding, the one thing that is certain is that the athletes have trained like mad to make it to the big stage. Here in Austin, we’re hosting a mini Olympics of […]

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