October, the Month for Merlot #MerlotMe

October 9, 2014

Long a favorite red wine grape, Merlot has recently been seen as a lesser variety. A wine for unsophisticated beginners. There are several reasons why public favor for anything swings, but many point to the 2004 movie, Sideways, as a source of misfortunes for Merlot. In the film the snotty oenophile, Miles, played by Paul […]

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2014 Wine Ride “The Oregon Trail” Visits 3 Texas Cities in October, 2014

October 8, 2014

Diane Dixon, the brains behind Keeper Collection, is always scheming fun ways to present amazing food and wine pairings. She has created a portfolio of spectacular annual events including  CITYWIDE 86’D, which recently won a “Best of Austin Award” from the Austin Chronicle,  Chef’s Under Fire, Somms Under Fire and of course The Wine Ride. […]

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How to Dog a Dram of The Balvenie Whisky

October 3, 2014

In a recent visit to Austin as a part of The Balvenie’s second annual Rare Craft Collection exhibition tour, Jonathan Wingo, The Balvenie brand ambassador, invited me to “dog a dram from the bung of a sherry butt.” Ahem, excuse me? It turns out that I wasn’t the butt of some Scottish joke. A “dog” […]

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Breaking the Pint Ceiling

October 2, 2014

Women hold influential roles in Texas craft beer   This story was originally published in the October issue of Austin Woman Magazine. Photos by Rudy Arocha.   It’s a man’s world. At least that’s what they say about the beer industry. It’s simple: More men drink beer than women and more men brew beer than […]

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17 Things that Start with B Seen at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival

September 29, 2014

Yes, there is a firkin lot of great beer at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival (see my 5 favorite beers) , but if that’s all you go for, you are missing half the fun. The people watching is where its really at. Here are 17 things that start with the letter “B” that you can see at […]

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My 5 Favorite Austin Beers at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival

September 28, 2014

Oceans of beer flowed freely at the 2014 Texas Craft Brewers Festival. More than 150 types of beer were poured by 57 brewers at Fiesta Gardens. There is absolutely no way to taste all of those beers, so I took a simpleton’s approach to the beer bash this year: I tasted only what came to […]

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Daniel Barnes of Treaty Oak Distilling Awarded Distiller of the Year

September 23, 2014

I had the privilege of hosting Treaty Oak Distilling’s first ever media event to announce that Daniel Barnes has received the prestigious 2014 Distiller of the Year award by MicroLiquor. He was selected among a field of more than 400 distinguished craft distiller entrants in the United States. The event felt like a party with friends […]

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Biggest beer bash ever: 120 brews on tap for Texas Craft Brewers Festival

September 18, 2014

It seems like there is a new brewery or brew pub opening somewhere in Texas every month. It would be a daunting (but fun!) task to try to visit all of the breweries; fortunately the Texas Craft Brewers Festival will bring 57 of the best brewers in the state together for its biggest event ever. This year, […]

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Where to Drink Right Now: 9 Austin Bars Celebrating Bourbon Heritage Month

September 12, 2014

Sometimes our government gets it right. On August 2, 2007 the U.S. Senate declared September as National Bourbon Heritage Month in a unanimous decision. This came years after Congress pronounced bourbon as “America’s Native Spirit” in 1964. It makes sipping bourbon feel downright patriotic. The Scots and Irish argue over who invented whiskey (or whisky […]

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New artisan gin joins Dripping Springs’ booming booze barrio

September 3, 2014

The area west of Oak Hill out to Dripping Springs, Texas is quickly becoming a booze barrio. The neighborhood is home to Revolution Spirits, the soon-to-open Deep Eddy Vodka distillery, and a new Treaty Oak Distilling facility that is under construction. San Luis Spirits, the maker of the Dripping Springs Vodka, has just added a new tasting bar and is offering […]

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