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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Buenos Aries Café celebrates 10 years of delicious Argentine cuisine

September 27, 2015

Operating a restaurant is a tough business. In fact, according to Dun & Bradstreet reports, “restaurants have only a 20 percent chance of surviving two years. The business challenges are compounded in a tough market like Austin, where several new restaurants open each month driving a hunger for people to continually seek out the hottest […]

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The Townsend salutes the Paramount Theatre with special cocktail

September 23, 2015

The venerable Paramount Theatre  in downtown Austin will light its new blade sign today to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The new 50 foot tall sign is an exact replica of the original one that was removed in the 1960s.   In honor of the sign lighting, The Townsend, located at 718 Congress Avenue, which is located directly across […]

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New Wine Guide for the Emoji Generation from Wine Folly

September 22, 2015

Your wine decoder ring is here. Wine Folly, the highly visual and informative blog that regularly decrypts the complex world of wine with easy to understand infographics, has just released its first book, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine.   Wine is awesome. I can’t imagine enjoying a great meal without a delicious glass […]

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