Armadillo’s Leap wine tasting room opens in Fredericksburg

December 8, 2015

  There are dozens of wineries in the Texas Hill country, with many of them congregated along the 30 mile stretch between Johnson City and Fredericksburg on or near Highway 290. In a sign that the booming growth of the Texas wine industry isn’t slowing down, the folks behind Pedernales Cellars are opening a new […]

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The ultimate holiday indulgence: Champagne and caviar

December 1, 2015

The holidays are ripe for indulgence. It’s a perfect time for pampering family, friends and yourself. The ultimate culinary extravagance is the pairing of champagne and caviar: bliss! Both are tiny festive balloons bursting with joy, just for you. What’s so special about the salted eggs of a sturgeon? It’s that almost magical pop of […]

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Texas Hill Country lands major event with 2016 Wine Tourism Conference

November 23, 2015

Here is a shot in the arm that is sorely needed for the Texas wine industry. The organizers of the 2016 Wine Tourism Conference selected Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country as the hosts for next year’s shindig. This is just the second time that the conference will be held outside the West Coast and the first time […]

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The reinvention of Texas’ oldest winery: Llano Estacado

November 19, 2015

The first winery in Texas since Prohibition is in the midst of a revival. Founded in 1976 in Lubbock by Texas Tech professors Clinton “Doc” McPherson and Bob Reed, Llano Estacado has built a strong following and has become one of the state’s largest wineries – it’s number two in sales behind Ste. Genevieve.   […]

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Paula Rester returns to Austin as wine director for La Corsha Hospitality Group

October 29, 2015

Paula Rester, sommelier at Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group’s Italian concept Maialino and former Congress Austin sommelier, is moving back to Austin and will rejoin the La Corsha Hospitality Group team in a new position to begin on December 1, 2015.   “I’m thrilled to be home in Austin and to be moving into this […]

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Jameson partners with Movember for men’s health

October 28, 2015

God love the Irish. God love their whiskey.   Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey is an official partner of Movember again this year to help raise awareness for men’s health. Movember is the movement where dudes around the world grow a mustache in the month of November to raise money for health issues like prostate and […]

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laV and Vilma Mazaite to launch “Celebrate Burgundy” festival in Austin

October 20, 2015

Celebrated sommelier and director of wine at laV Restaurant and Wine Bar, Vilma Mazaite, is launching a new wine and food festival in Austin called “Celebrate Burgundy” in early 2017. A press release issued by laV’s PR agency, says, “The festival, designed to be a leading wine and food event focused on Burgundy wines and regional […]

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Texas Winemakers Hold “The Sip” to Announce Stellar 2015 Harvest

October 13, 2015

The best wine growing regions of the world such as Burgundy, Bordeaux, Piedmont and Napa Valley have significantly cooler climates than Texas. Conventional wisdom says that it’s just too dang hot in Texas to grow grapes for world class wines. Not so, say a group of prominent Texas winemakers. The searing heat in Texas is […]

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Sneak peek at Barley Swine’s new location and big boozey additions

October 6, 2015

This December, Barley Swine will open a new location at 6555 Burnet Rd. The move from its South Lamar home, where it’s been for the past five years, not only gives the restaurant triple the size for up to 80 guests, but also the opportunity to add booze to its beverage program.   Until the […]

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Professional soccer a wash-out in Austin: Aztex to sit out the 2016 season

October 5, 2015

While a news story about a professional soccer team doesn’t really fit on a blog about alcoholic beverages, I’m including this story about the Austin Aztex that was originally written for CultureMap because the lack of beer sales at the team’s facilities had a financial impact on the team. It is another example of the importance […]

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