What to drink during Running of the Bulls: Avignonesi Desiderio

July 6, 2015

Reading Hemingway always makes me want to drink. Every time Jake Barnes takes a long tug off of a wine skin during the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona while watching the Running of the Bulls in The Sun Also Rises, I want to join him in some purposeless debauchery. This year, the annual Running […]

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Pedernales Cellars introduces Texas Viognier Reserve 2014

June 16, 2015

Pedernales Cellars just introduced its Texas Viognier Reserve 2014, a lovely white wine made from grapes grown near Lubbock, Texas. This is the third year that Pedernales has made this wine and it has big shoes to fill to meet the expectations set by its older sibling. Huge shoes. “The 2012 Reserve Viognier put us […]

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The Right Wines for Summer Grilling

June 3, 2015

Summer grilling season is in full swing, which is a perfect opportunity for us to try different food and wine pairings. Wine as a whole goes better with food than any other beverage and with so many varieties to choose from, there are numerous pairing options with grilled food. The naturally occurring sugar, acidity and […]

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Celebrate Negroni Week with Texas-made gin

June 1, 2015

  Ah, the Negroni. As sexy as a silky red dress. The folks at Imbibe Magazine and Campari love it so much, they have organized an entire week, Negroni Week, to celebrate it while raising money for charitable causes around the world. This year, the third annual Negroni Week will be held June 1-7 at […]

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Cool off with a Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka shandy

May 30, 2015

  Riding a huge wave of success, Austin based Deep Eddy Vodka introduced its fourth flavored vodka this year with Deep Eddy Lemon Flavored Vodka. At a tender age of five years old, Deep Eddy is one of the fastest growing vodka brands in the U.S. Last year the company secured $13 million in financing […]

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Behind the scenes look at June Rodil’s Master Sommelier quest

May 24, 2015

Earning the Master Sommelier Diploma in the Court of Master Sommeliers is an unbelievably difficult task. The exam has three sections: a verbal wine knowledge test, a blind tasting of six wines in 25 minutes, and test of the candidate’s ability to provide and beverage service in a fine setting. Since its inception in 1977 […]

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There’s a giant Hendrick’s Gin cucumber flying over Austin

May 8, 2015

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a flying cucumber! That’s right, Hendrick’s Gin has created Hendrick’s Air, a gigantic billboard in the sky. The 130-foot-long, 44-foot-tall blimp nicknamed the Flying Cucumber is visiting Austin this weekend. The Hendrick’s Flying Cucumber first set sail on April 13 in Los Angeles and will visit San Francisco, […]

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Cupcakes and whiskey for Mother’s Day

May 7, 2015

Mother’s Day is a perfect excuse to tell mom how important she is to you. What better way of doing that than with sweet and fiery treats? This year, give her a bottle of whiskey and cupcakes made with whiskey! Clyde May’s Whiskey is working with bravenewbaker to create delicious cupcake recipes using the whiskey. […]

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The best bars in Austin: 11 cocktail meccas

May 6, 2015

There is no shortage of places to get a drink in this town. But for the discerning tastes of Austin’s cocktail crazy residents, not just any bar will do. The best bars in town pay attention to every aspect of your happiness with a stellar drink list, proper glassware, excellent ice and an enjoyable atmosphere, […]

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Crazy good times at the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival

April 29, 2015

In its fourth year, the Austin Food & Wine Festival seemed to hit its stride. The logistics went smoothly, the lines moved quickly, the food and beverage seminars drew top quality talent to present and the grand tasting had a revamped, more open layout that made it easier to navigate. Even Mother Nature got in […]

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