Turning up the Volume at Cliff Lede Vineyards

January 6, 2014

Part III in the blog series, “Our Anniversary Trip to California Wine Country.” When you imagine Napa Valley, what is the first thing that comes to mind? I think of gracious winery tasting rooms with spacious outdoor seating areas to take in the picturesque views of the vine covered hills. That’s exactly what Beautiful Wife […]

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5 favorite holiday cocktails of Austin movers and shakers

December 19, 2013

In between the office parties, your neighbors’ holiday parties and your friends’ crazy Christmas parties, there are bound to be a few times during the holidays when you find yourself without an invitation for an evening out. That’s no reason to bypass holiday cheer. Five prominent Austinites share recipes for their go-to seasonal drinks to […]

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Whiskey: Everything you ever needed to know about the drink for every man

December 3, 2013

This story originally ran in the Winter issue of Austin Man Magazine. It looks way better in print than it does here, so go pick up a copy at your closest newsstand. Story and photos by Matt McGinnis, hand-lettering by Chelsea Patitillo.  Whiskey’s caramel-colored glory is just as at home in the coarsely calloused mitt […]

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Tasting Mountain Wines at Cardinale Estate

November 29, 2013

It’s a pretty special thing to taste through the various creations of Chris Carpenter, winemaker for Cardinale Estate, La Jota Vineyards, Lokoya and Mt. Brave Wines. That’s exactly what Beautiful Wife and I did on a gorgeous October morning as harvest wound down around us in Napa Valley. Cardinale was our first winery visit of […]

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Our Anniversary Trip to California Wine Country, Returning to the Scene of the Crime

November 29, 2013

Fourteen years ago Beautiful Wife and I said our “I Dos” among the grape vines at a winery nestled in the Sierra Foothills in California. What a great way to start your lives together surrounded by family, friends and the scent of grapes beginning to ferment in the heat of October harvest. The California wine […]

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What Are You Drinking During the F1 Grand Prix?

November 12, 2013

The roar of the engines at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix is about to obliterate the bucolic peace at the Circuits of The Americas (COTA) racetrack this weekend in Austin, TX. For the second time, F1 race fans from around the world will descend on the city to see the most sophisticated motor […]

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Thanksgiving Wine Picks: Why Not Serve Pinot Noir with Turkey this Year?

November 5, 2013

This article originally appeared in the November issue of Austin Woman Magazine, and it looks way better in print.  Photo by Rudy Arocha; Platter, wine glasses and runner available at Breed & Company, 718 W. 29th St., 512.474.6679; Cheeses compliments of Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, 4220 Duval St., 512.53.9610; Wine available at Twin Liquors. This year, Thanksgiving […]

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Wine for your Halloween Party

October 26, 2013

Reportedly Halloween  is the third biggest party day after New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl Sunday. Its not surprising with many adults wanting to drink their sweets instead of begging for them door to door. This year if you are hosting a party full of people dressed as Miley Cyrus, Walter White and Minions, you’ll need […]

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10 Austin Cocktails to Warm Your Autumn Nights

October 21, 2013

Recently the mercury has been plummeting to a chilly 60 degrees, and frostbitten Austinites are scrambling to find their woolen sweaters and scarves. It’s that time of year. Now that the sun is going down earlier in the evening and that nip is in the air, it’s time to switch out of the light and […]

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Hendrick’s Gin’s exclusive new cordial is available in only three cities — and Austin is one of them

October 14, 2013

Lesley Gracie, Hendrick’s Gin‘s master distiller, and a couple brand ambassadors are barnstorming a few U.S. cities, including New York, Austin and San Francisco to introduce a new quinine-based cordial called Quinetum (sorry Portland and Seattle — apparently your bar culture simply isn’t cool enough). Here’s the kicker: Gracie distilled only 4,000 small bottles of the stuff and […]

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