Mexican Heart and Texas Sold

June 2, 2014

This story originally appeared in the Summer issue of Austin Man Magazine. Pick up a print copy at your local newsstand.  The drink world is all about authenticity and sense of place. Champagne can only be from Champagne, France. Cognac can only be from Cognac, France. Wines all list their appellation and speak of the […]

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Three Summer Wine and Cheese Pairings

May 31, 2014

Add a little elegance to a summer afternoon with simple pairings of complex cheeses and delicious wine. The incredible selection of high-quality wine and cheese that is available today makes it more compelling than ever. Here are some straightforward tips for excellent food and wine pairings. The first thing to do is find a reputable […]

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Texas winemakers hold ‘The Sip, Season One’ blind tasting event

May 10, 2014

Does Texas wine deserve a place on your table? Does it perform well enough to earn a spot on the world stage? That is exactly what a group of seven family-owned wineries set out to demonstrate a comparative blind tasting event, The Sip, Season One. Winemakers from Fall Creek Vineyards, Inwood Estates, Perissos Vineyards, Pontotoc Vineyard, […]

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Texas talent shines at the 2014 Austin Food & Wine Festival

May 9, 2014

In its third year, the Austin Food & Wine Festival drew some of the biggest names in the culinary world to demonstrate their talents. It wasn’t just the national celebrity chefs who drew applause. Homegrown beverage experts had the juice to attract crowds in Butler Park. True Texas Spirits At mid-day Sunday, cocktail expert and author David Alan, […]

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Caught in the Act: Images of the 2014 Austin Food & Wine Festival

May 2, 2014

The third annual Austin Food & Wine Festival packed a ton of excellent cooking demonstrations, food and beverage seminars and partying into three days. The Fest has just enough of an Austin touch on the Food & Wine Festival franchise with live fire grilling demos from some of Austin’s fantastic chefs, the Taste of Texas event […]

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LaV: Simple and elegant French dining comes to East Austin

May 1, 2014

This story was originally published in the May 2014 issue of Austin Women Magazine. It looks great in print, so grab it from your closest newsstand.  One of the most hotly anticipated new restaurants of 2014, laV Restaurant & Wine Bar, has opened on E. Seventh Street, bringing a second upscale dining location to a neighborhood […]

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Austin’s 10 Best Drink Slingers: Meet the CultureMap Tastemaker Award Nominees for Best Beverage Director

April 30, 2014

What is the right cocktail to drink while listening to Gary Clark Jr.? What wine will bring out the best in braised rabbit? The 10 nominees for the CultureMap 2014 Tastemaker Awards in the Best Beverage/Wine Program category keep Austin at the forefront of trends in craft cocktails and fine wine. Whether working at a cozy wine lounge […]

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Get your ugly mug on Esquire TV this week

April 21, 2014

Austin is no stranger to TV and film crews. If you’ve ever thought about appearing in a TV show with a drink in your hand, here is your chance. Esquire TV Network will be shooting in Austin this week for the show Best Bars in America, and it is looking for fans of Austin’s nightlife […]

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Toast St. Patrick’s Day the right way with these 5 Irish whiskies

March 14, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day has become an outlandish celebration of anything remotely Irish, as well as an excuse to get blindingly drunk. But it doesn’t have to be that way on March 17. To get into the traditional mood, sip a proper Irish whiskey this St. Pat’s Day. After all, the word “whiskey” comes from the Gaelic […]

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Beers to go: 3 Texas breweries introduce new canned beers for spring

March 11, 2014

The  warmer days of spring lure Austinites to the lake, to the green belts and swimming pools around town. All of that fresh air and healthy activity works up a mighty thirst that can only be quenched by a cold beer. Thankfully three Texas brewers — Independence Brewing Co., Hops & Grain Brewing and Spoetzl Brewery, makers of Shiner — […]

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