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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Texas Tiki Week returns to 10 Austin bars this week

June 23, 2014

Break out your coconut bras and Hawaiian shirts, it’s time for the Third Annual Texas Tiki Week taking place Tuesday, June 24 through Monday, June 30. The world owes a debt of gratitude to Donn Beach (a.k.a. Don the Beachcomber) who established the first Polynesian-themed tiki bar shortly after the end of Prohibition in 1934 in Hollywood, […]

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19 Austin Bars Celebrate Negroni Week, June 2 – 8

June 2, 2014

This week, Campari and Imbibe bring us Negroni Week, a celebration of a beloved classic cocktail  — and an easy way to raise money for charitable causes. From June 2-8, 17 local bars will donate $1 from every Negroni sold to a charity of the bar’s choice. Who can beat drinking for a good cause? “We launched Negroni Week last […]

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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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