The Intoxicating Experiences of the 2015 TexSom  

August 14, 2015

The Texas Sommelier Conference, aka TexSom, just wrapped its 11th annual session at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. It truly is one of the biggest and best wine education conferences in the world. It’s geared for wine professions and serious aficionados who get deliriously blissful to talk about the most […]

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Austin wine pro Nathan Fausti named the 2015 TexSom best sommelier

August 12, 2015

  Austin has a reputation for its excellent food and wine scene. That status is continually bolstered with prestigious awards. To add to the growing list of accolades, Nathan Fausti, sommelier at Olive & June, was crowned the 2015 TexSom Best Sommelier at the 11th annual Texas Sommeliers Conference (TexSom) held at the Four Seasons Resort and […]

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Infinite Monkey Theorem winery set to open in funky South Austin space

August 3, 2015

  Visiting wineries is the epitome of elegance. It’s easy to conjure fairy tale images of royalty while enveloped in the romance of walking rows of fragrant grapevines as you approach the palatial château to the tasting room. But a soon-to-open urban winery, The Infinite Monkey Theorem, throws that stereotype out the window. It’s fun. […]

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The 12 best places for happy hour in Central Austin 

August 2, 2015

CHAMPAGNE DINING AND DRINKING ON A BEER BUDGET   Just hearing the phrase “happy hour” gets people salivating. We love sipping delicious, inexpensive drinks and nibbling delectable bites while relaxing with friends. What a perfect way to end a workday. Austin is loaded with great places to eat and drink. Austin Woman/What Are You Drinking combed […]

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Summery Whisky Cocktails for National Scotch Day

July 26, 2015

  There seems to be a “National Day” for every drink out there. That’s OK by me. Monday July 27 is National Scotch Day, which is a perfect reason to enjoy a glass or two of lovely Scotch whisky. These days Bourbon is favored over Scotch in the U.S., but Scotch certainly deserves a place […]

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New Congress Avenue hot spot, The Townsend, scores badass guest bartender

July 21, 2015

  It’s fairly common for music venues like the Continental Club and Cactus Café to have an artist residency with guest bands playing shows on consecutive nights or weeks. It’s not a common thing to have a guest bartender residency, but newly opened cocktail bar The Townsend is doing just that. The cocktail lounge and live music […]

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What to drink in Austin right now: Two local spirits put a new spin on gin

July 12, 2015

  Gin starts life as a wallflower. In the beginning, it is nothing more than colorless, odorless, flavorless liquor, sort of like vodka. Then it is distilled again with a mix of juniper berries and other herbs that transform it into an aromatic, sophisticated spirit. As gorgeous and complex as gin is, it takes on an […]

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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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