Sommelier’s Top Wine Recommendations from TEXSOM

September 2, 2014

A breakdown of sparkling, white and red wine from the 10th annual Texas Sommelier Conference. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when walking through the vast canyons of wines at the store. Faced with that immense selection, it’s tempting just to pick the same wine we know. On the flip side, the thousands of different wines […]

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The Best of Austin’s Steakhouses

August 30, 2014

There is one huge reason why I’m not a vegetarian: steak. Oh, glorious steak. The mere smell of it sends me into a shark-like frenzy. Biting into that hot flesh is the closest I will come to being a vampire, giving myself over to that carnal lust. Fortunately, Austin is well stocked with prime steakhouses. […]

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10th Annual TEXSOM Highlights

August 13, 2014

Its like Christmas in August, or, summer camp for wine pros. The tenth anniversary of the Texas Sommelier Conference, AKA TEXSOM, held at the Four Seasons Hotel Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas drew 900 sommeliers and wine enthusiasts to participate in educational seminars, wine tastings and tons of fun networking. This year  39 Master Sommeliers, 10 […]

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Red Room Lounge’s Joelle Cousins named the best sommelier in Texas at TEXSOM 2014

August 13, 2014

On Monday night, Joelle Cousins, general manager and sommelier of Red Room Lounge, was crowned the 2014  Texas’ Best Sommelier, the sixth winner from Austin in the past 10 years. Austin sommeliers placed first and third in the competition held at TEXSOM, one of the world’s most prominent wine education conferences. The trophy was presented to Cousins […]

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Deep Eddy Vodka to open new Hill Country distillery & tasting room

August 11, 2014

Deep Eddy Vodka is on a path to nationwide popularity, and the Austin-based company just landed $13 million in financing to continue its growth. The funding will be used in part to finish a new distillery and tasting room located in the Hill Country near Dripping Springs. The new facility, which is set to start […]

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Meet the Austin wine pros competing to become Texas’ best sommelier

August 7, 2014

On August 10, eight Austin wine experts will test their mettle against elite wine professionals from around the state in the Texas’ Best Sommelier Competition. The competition will be held at the 10th anniversary of TEXSOM, one of the world’s largest gathering of wine professionals taking place in Dallas. The winner of the annual competition presented by Texas Monthly will will […]

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Celebrate National Rum Day in a style that would have pleased Hemingway

July 30, 2014

Blame Christopher Columbus. He is credited with introducing sugar cane throughout the West Indies, spurring the birth of rum as the first distilled spirit in the Americas. The tropical climate of the Caribbean is perfect for growing sugar cane. It is the lifeblood of rum, which is made by distilling the derivatives of sugar cane, like […]

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Texas Fine Wine intends to pour its way into the hearts of Sommeliers at 10TH anniversary TEXSOM

July 24, 2014

It’s always hard to overcome negative perceptions. The Texas wine industry has that problem. Despite several years of massive quality improvements that have brought home trophies and medals in prestigious competitions, Texas wine is still roundly seen as sub-par. One bad experience years ago could cause a wine lover to turn their nose up at […]

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Where to Drink Right Now: Top 5 Places to Celebrate National Tequila Day in Austin

July 21, 2014

Mexico is a land graced with amazing treasures including thousands of miles of stunning coastline, majestic mountains, rich oil reserves and abundant agricultural products. But one of its most prized exports is tequila.  It’s such a national treasure that its worthy of the protection provided by the Appellation of Origin Tequila, which delineates the location […]

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Rainy Night Wine, 2012 Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir

July 15, 2014

Thunder grumbles old man curses as the rain spits half-heartedly on the black streets. The July heat gives itself up to the rain, but just a little bit. Heat’s oppressive sister, humidity, fills the space between the raindrops with breath-sucking glee. Nights like this call for a chilled glass of wine. Typically sultry summer nights […]

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