Cupcakes and whiskey for Mother’s Day

May 7, 2015

Mother’s Day is a perfect excuse to tell mom how important she is to you. What better way of doing that than with sweet and fiery treats? This year, give her a bottle of whiskey and cupcakes made with whiskey! Clyde May’s Whiskey is working with bravenewbaker to create delicious cupcake recipes using the whiskey. […]

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The best bars in Austin: 11 cocktail meccas

May 6, 2015

There is no shortage of places to get a drink in this town. But for the discerning tastes of Austin’s cocktail crazy residents, not just any bar will do. The best bars in town pay attention to every aspect of your happiness with a stellar drink list, proper glassware, excellent ice and an enjoyable atmosphere, […]

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Crazy good times at the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival

April 29, 2015

In its fourth year, the Austin Food & Wine Festival seemed to hit its stride. The logistics went smoothly, the lines moved quickly, the food and beverage seminars drew top quality talent to present and the grand tasting had a revamped, more open layout that made it easier to navigate. Even Mother Nature got in […]

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Ray Isle teaches to taste wine like a pro

April 29, 2015

Even the executive wine editor of the venerable Food & Wine Magazine, Ray Isle, was an absolute wine neophyte in early adulthood. “I grew up in a household in Houston where my dad drank beer and occasionally Bourbon. I didn’t have any experience with wine.” He has learned a lot over the years and passed […]

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Raucous rita party with the Tipsy Texan

April 29, 2015

Taking a long drink from his margarita, David Alan, founder of the Tipsy Texan consultancy, cooed, “Tastes like childhood.” In one of the most spirited sessions of the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival, Alan described the history, ways to mess up and proper ways to make a margarita in “Rescue the Rita.” A proper […]

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Texas wine takes on the world

April 29, 2015

Texas wine has impressed many wine drinkers and critics with its quality. Despite piles of recent awards and accolades, some people still wonder if it tastes as good as similar wine from other regions of the world. Food & Wine Magazine executive wine editor, Ray Isle, and Master Sommeliers, Craig Collins and Devon Broglie, led […]

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Rippin through the rosé with Devon Broglie

April 29, 2015

Nothing beats a glass of delicate and lovely pink wine on a warm day. Master Sommelier and global beverage buyer for Whole Foods, Devon Broglie, led a packed house through a tasting of seven rose wines in his session, “Rosé by Any Other Name,” at the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival. Broglie started his […]

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The ever effervescent Vilma Mazaite

April 29, 2015

“My goal is to be successful enough to enjoy rosé Champagne every day at lunch,” says Vilma Mazaite, director of wine at laV. The bubbly Advanced Sommelier introduced 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival attendees to a lovely selection of interesting sparkling wines in her session, “Surprising Sparklers.” Her recommendations included Prosecco from Italy, sparkling […]

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Spicing things up with Mark Oldman

April 29, 2015

“This town is loaded with spicy food with everything from TexMex to Korean to Cajun,” says Mark Oldman, wine personality and author. In his “Heat Seekers, Best Wine for Spicy” session at the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival he recommended sparkling, white and red wines that can take the heat. The ever entertaining showman […]

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Tequila 512 is making the best tequila on the planet

April 27, 2015

Tequila 512 just pulled off something very few booze companies have ever done. The Austin brand won an impressive double gold medal and was awarded “Best in Show” at the prestigious 15th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition. That’s pretty amazing for any spirit, but even more so from a tequila company that is less than […]

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