What are you reading on What Are You Drinking in 2015

TexSom Tasting

I’ve been writing about beer, wine, spirits cocktails, and sometimes food on What Are You Drinking for more than five years now. The intent is to share information about great drinks, the stories of the people who make the drinks that we love, and fantastic places to enjoy drinks. In 2015 I wrote 57 new stories for the blog.

I’m always interested to see what people are most interested in reading. This year, among my top 20 most read stories, 11 were about wine or the wine industry, 8 were about cocktails and spirits and 1 was about beer. A little less than half of the stories published on the blog were originally written for another outlet and then reposted here.

It turns out that my two most read stories this year were written in 2013. A comprehensive story about whiskey has lasting interest. The second most read is about Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka, which is a crazy popular brand.

WAYD Top stories 2015


Here are the top 20 most read stories on What Are You Drinking in 2015 that were written this year:

  1. 8 Texas wineries to explore off the beaten path, JANUARY 22, 2015 (extended version of a CultureMap story)
  2. Cool off with a Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka shandy, MAY 30, 2015
  3. I’m Embarrassed to be Texan, AUGUST 26, 2015
  4. Austin’s Best Bartenders: MARCH 7, 2015 (Austin Man Magazine)
  5. Texas Hill Country lands major event with 2016 Wine Tourism Conference, NOVEMBER 23, 2015
  6. Who gives a crap about wine bloggers?, DECEMBER 21, 2015
  7. Crazy good times at the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival, APRIL 29, 2015
  8. Texas wine takes on the world, APRIL 29, 2015
  9. Win tickets to “The Official Drink of Austin” cocktail competition, FEBRUARY 24, 2015
  10. The 12 best places for happy hour in Central Austin, AUGUST 2, 2015 (Austin Woman Magazine)
  11. Infinite Monkey Theorem winery set to open in funky South Austin space, AUGUST 3, 2015 (extended version of a CultureMap story with added videos)
  12. Screw the New Year’s resolution — Let’s drink Franciacorta, JANUARY 10, 2015
  13. National wine pros will compete in 2015 Somms Under Fire food and wine event, JANUARY 14, 2015
  14. The Intoxicating Experiences of the 2015 TexSom, AUGUST 14, 2015
  15. The Right Wines for Summer Grilling, JUNE 3, 2015 (Wine & Food Foundation Newsletter)
  16. Real Ale Brewing has Extreme Makeover, FEBRUARY 17, 2015
  17. 3 whiskey cocktails guaranteed to keep you warm this winter, FEBRUARY 3, 2015 (CultureMap)
  18. Summery Whisky Cocktails for National Scotch Day, JULY 26, 2015
  19. These 9 Austin bartenders are shaking up the cocktail scene, APRIL 16, 2015 (CultureMap)
  20. Garage wins Official Drink of Austin competition, MARCH 11, 2015 (Austin Woman Magazine)

What were your favorite stories in 2015?

It turns out that not everyone just clicks on my site every week to find out what’s new. Here is where people find me.

WAYD Referals 2015

Not everyone who reads this blog is from the U.S.

WAYD Visitors by Country

Thanks for reading the stories on What Are You Drinking. I welcome your feedback.

Cheers to a Happy 2016!

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Win tickets to “Official Drink of Austin” cocktail competition and Texas spirit showcase

Official Drink of Austin What is better than a room full of skilled bartenders from the top bars in Austin mixing excellent cocktails for you? Getting free tickets to the Official Drink of Austin competition courtesy of Austin Food & Wine Alliance and What Are You Drinking! That’s what.

 The reincarnated booze bash returns this Thursday, February 20, after a two year nap to test the skills of six bar teams from drink.well., Four Seasons Hotel, Midnight Cowboy, qui, Weather Up, and Whisler’s to see who wins the title of the Official Drink of Austin. The cocktail competition, hosted by the Austin Food & Wine Alliance and Tipsy Texan will be held 7–10 pm AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center to raise funds for culinary grants awarded by the Alliance.

AT&T Conference Center Map“We want to showcase the Texas spirits industry in this event,” said Austin Food & Wine Alliance executive director, Mariam Parker. “When the Official Drink of Austin contest was started by the Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Tito’s Vodka about a decade ago, Tito’s was the primary distillery in the state. Now there are more than 40 distillers operating in the state and 13 participating in our event.”

Book your cab ride ahead of time, because tasting your way through this party could make you a tipsy Texan. The competitors will be set up in the middle of the room, showing off their skills and serving samples to guests. They will be surrounded by a phalanx of Texas distilleries and local chefs. Not only will you be able to taste the Official Drink of Austin contest entries, but you will be able to sample cocktails featuring Texas spirits including Deep Eddy Vodka, Dripping Springs Vodka, Dulce Vida Organic Tequila, Genius Gin, Paula Texas Spirits, Red River Whiskey, Tequila 512, Tito’s Vodka, Treaty Oak Distilling, White Hat Rum, and Z Tequila.

Bob your head to booty music provided DJ ulovei while noshing on nibbles served by some of the hottest chefs in town including Josh Watkins and Plinio Sandalio of The Carillon, Peter Maffei of Finn & Porter, Camden Stuerzenberger of Fork & Vine, Jean Pierre Lacoste of Frank, John Lichtenberger of Peche, Lawrence Kocurek of TRACE, Mat Clouser of Swift’s Attic, Kristine Kittrell of Weather Up, Eric Silverstein of The Peached Tortilla, Scott Higby of TRIO, and Anthony Sobotik and Chad Palmatier of Lick’s Honest Ice Cream.

The format of the competition has changed a bit this year, with a change to a team competition rather than individual bartenders battling. The six participating a five-member bar teams were chosen from a field of twenty entrants who submitted three drink recipes made with at least one, one-ounce Texas spirit as the main ingredient.

David Alan, Tipsy Texan

The six finalist bars were chosen to compete in an intense process by the Austin Food & Wine Alliance executive director, Mariam Parker, Alliance board member, Michael Bepko, and professional bartender and drinks author, David Alan (aka the Tipsy Texan) who was instrumental in establishing the original Official Drink competition.

“It was not easy to pick the six finalists by any means,” said Parker. “To earn a spot in the competition, bar teams had to bring something unique. We wanted to see special cocktails. For example, one of the drinks the Drink.well team submitted featured a foam made with Jester King beer. We have such a creative community and many of the bartenders are artistic. It will be fun to see how their ideas translate into the cocktail. ”

At the Official Drink event, contestants will present a set of cocktails for each judge that are made with no more than six components including alcohol and non-alcohol elements like drops, rinses and dashes. They will be given 17 minutes to wow the judges with showmanship, creativity, craft and taste. The crowd will be in on the act awarding People’s Choice points to each team’s overall score. The two teams with the highest scores will throw it down in a drink off live on stage, mixing their best cocktails for the judges.

Jason KosmasThe judges will have their work cut out for them. The panel is packed with exceptional credentials. Jason Kosmas, has made his mark in the cocktail world as co-founder of the 86 Company and helped spark the classic cocktail scene New York City as co-founder of Employees Only and Macao Trading Co. He will be looking for touches of Austin when marking his ballot.

“It will be important that the cocktails represent the city by capturing the balance between the funkiness, the nerdiness, and the fun,” said Kosmas.

He is also looking for drinks that aren’t over done. “The cocktail scene has gotten into the place where drinks have gotten crazy with bold ingredients,” said Kosmas. “It’s been said that the greatest technique that any chef can exercise is restraint. The same is true for cocktails. Don’t make it too complicated. It doesn’t need to be complex, it just needs to taste good. Sometimes bartenders just need to stop before they put their last ingredient in.”

That sounds like a recipe for success. The winners get the honor of touting the title of Austin’s Official Drink for the entire year. The official drink will be featured at Austin Food & Wine Alliance events throughout the year.

Win free tickets!

Tickets are $65 each to attend the event, but one lucky winner will receive two tickets. All you have to do is answer the following question:

“What two Texas spirits were included in the winning cocktail recipe from the 2011 Drink Local Night?”

Submit your answer in the comment section below. One winner will be chosen at random from all correct submissions.

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Photo of Jason Kosmas taken by Dallas Morning News Staff Photographer

Celebrating two years of What Are You Drinking?

I love any excuse to throw a party and the second anniversary of this blog was a good enough one to gather a group of friends at the Red Room Lounge. Dear friends, winemakers, distillers, wine shop owners, beverage PR people, sommeliers and wine drinkers shared a few laughs and many bottles of wine to celebrate the friendships fostered over a drink. Many of the people in the room I have met only because of this blog. Its fitting, because that’s one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about this blog – making new friends.

In the past two years I have written 153 articles about wine, beer, spirits and cocktails. The blog has changed a bit over time, and I keep trying to improve it based on your suggestions. The blog has led to other writing opportunities as a contributor to CultureMap, The Digital Texan, 12Most and now Austin Man magazine. Each article is another chance to talk to fascinating people in the beverage industry and another opportunity to taste something new. I love that.

Thanks to everyone that shares their time to tell their stories. Thanks to the PR people who help make the connections. And most importantly, thanks to you for staying with me, reading my stories, commenting and making suggestions. Cheers!

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Welcome Adelbert’s, Austin’s newest craft brewery

Hundreds of people gathered beneath the beautiful sunshine in North Austin to celebrate the grand opening of Adelbert’s Brewery on Saturday.

Scott Hovey, Adelbert's brewmaster

Brewmaster Scott Hovey opened the doors to the public and poured gallons of his Belgian-style ales in commemorative tulip glasses (among them: Triple B, a hefty triple ale, and Naked Nun, a crisp wit ale) to a relaxed crowd taking in the live music of Honey Baked Soul, Lads in Plaid and Jack Levinson.

Hovey brews seven year-round, bottle-conditioned ales — a method of carbonating beer by re-fermenting it in the bottle, which provides that silky texture and classic haziness of a European ale. “I believe brewing is like cooking,” Hovey says. “No one component of a recipe should overpowering, but a balance of different flavors that compliment each other. So I always shoot for middle profile of major variables for a style.”

The brewery’s first two releases, Rambler Ale, a Belgian blonde ale, and Scratchin’ Hippo, a Bière de Garde, are already being stocked at bars and retail shops around town.

It is a great time to be hankerin’ for a beer in Austin. Adelbert’s is the eighth new craft brewery to open in town in the past year and a half. The city now boasts a dozen breweries and several more brew pubs. Austinite’s tastes continue to evolve, and brewers keep raising the bar of excellence and creativity in brewing.

Hovey thinks there is plenty of opportunity for his Belgian brews and more: “I would like to see Austin become a craft beer hub like Chicago or Portland. I believe there is still plenty of room for more breweries.”

  • Location: 2314 Rutland Drive, Suite #100, Austin, TX 78758
  • Tours: Check the website for additional event and tour opportunities
  • How to get it: Available on tap in bars around Austin and in 750ml bottles at local retail outlets


This photo essay also appeared on CultureMap.

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What did you drink in 2011?

What a fantastic year it has been. My humble blog has evolved and matured this year. Here is a look at what happened in 2011:

  • Posted 58 stories:  28 about wine, 23 about cocktails and 10 about beer
  • Posted stories from Singapore, Salt Lake City, Columbus and San Diego
  • Met and interviewed dozens of wonderful winemakers, distillers, brewmasters, sommeliers and bartenders.
  • More than 18,000 of you wonderful people visited my site during the year
  • Celebrated the blog’s first anniversary with a kick-ass party at the W Hotel Austin
  • Thrilled, honored and humbled to win the Austin American Statesman “Texas Social Media Award
  • “What Are You Drinking?” was recoginized on the prestigious Austin American Statesman “Out & About 500” list of socialites
  • Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse
  • Eight “What Are You Drinking?” stories also appeared in the Food & Drink section of CultureMap
  • 12 Most ran a “What Are You Drinking?” story

This blog has been a labor of love. I write at night and on weekends when I’m not busy with my full-time job. All of the time and effort are worth it because I’m able to meet so many interesting people who are passionate about the beverages they create. I’m thrilled to tell their stories.

I owe a lot of thanks to many people for the blog’s success this year. Beautiful Wife has been extremely supportive and tolerant of the amount of time it takes to conduct interviews, research, write and curate each story. Big thanks to her for helping me keep this going. Thanks to all of the folks that tolerated my interviews. Thanks to the PR people for arranging for stories and sending samples to review. Thanks to everyone who reads this and provides feedback. I’ll keep writing as long as you keep reading.

I have several stories lined up for 2012 already, but I’d love to hear what you are most interested in. What are you drinking? What do you want me to write about? Tell me in the comment section below.

Happy New Year!

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What a year

I recently celebrated the first anniversary of my blog with a happy hour at TRACE Restaurant in the W Hotel, Austin. A drink is so much better when you can share it with someone. I started writing What are you drinking? to share my thoughts on wine, spirits, beers and the places we drink them and to hear what you think about them. What a year it’s been.

During the past year I’ve written more than 90 posts about great drinks in Austin, Columbus, Chicago, New York, Portland, Salt Lake City, Brazil, Japan, Singapore and two from China. I’ve met gallons of wonderful people who share an interest in fine wine and artisanal spirits and beer. The stories I’ve heard and the feedback you’ve shared have kept me writing for the past year, and hopefully for a year or more to come.

I’d say that was worth celebrating. I’m glad so many of you turned out to hear about the signature cocktails from Joe Thompson, raise a glass, talk about what you like to drink, describe each other with wine tasting notes, share your favorite summer drinks and tell us your favorite thing to drink at the W. Here’s what you said:

Favorite drink at the W Hotel, Austin – South Austin Eye Opener

Favorite summer drinks

  • Kir Royale
  • Bluegrass Martini
  • Margarita
  • Mojito
  • Mexican Martini
  • Prosecco
  • Lillet Blanc Martini
  • Grapefruit and Vodka
  • Rosé wine
  • French 76
  • Beer (come on guys, you could be a little more specific…)


Keep me inspired. Keep your suggestions coming. Keep sending me feedback. I’ll keep writing.

More pictures here.

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Exploring Texas Wine at the Austin Wine & Music Festival

Do you remember the TV commercial where the two boys are reluctant to eat a bowl of Life cereal because they are certain it’s going to taste like crap? They pass it on to their little brother who happily eats it and they exclaim, “Hey Mikey! He likes it!” That’s my experience with Texas wine. I was certain I’d hate it because of a bad experience in the past, but when I gave it a try, I found some I like.

Outa state haters can keep your derision in check until you’ve done the same and given Texas wine a try. 

I started my education in Texas wines at the Austin Wine and Music Festival, held annually over the Memorial Day weekend. Not only was I able to taste fine wines from boutique Texas wineries, but I could get Sangria slushies and habanero honey all within earshot of live music. Now that’s a party. With a stemless wine glass in hand; I set out among the sea of tents housing 30 local wineries in search of a few wines that I would be proud to serve to any guests, any time.   

My quest for the goods began with Inwood Estate Vineyards & Winery. Every time I ask a Texas wine aficionado what their favorites are, they list Inwood among the tops. This is a boutique winery producing fewer than 5,000 cases a year. They were pouring three wines under the Segundo label, leaving the higher priced estate wines at home. I really liked all three.

Inwood Segundo Palomino-Chardonnay

This is an interesting white wine made of 75% Palomino and 25% Chardonnay grapes. Have you had a Palomino wine before? It’s the primary grape used to make Sherry in Spain. It’s a bold white wine, aged in French Oak and it stood up well in the near 100 degree heat at the festival.

Look Segundo shows soft yellow with bright clarity. It could pass for a Sauvignon Blanc in appearance.
Smell A burst of honeysuckle, honeycomb and pear announced that this is no meek wine. It’s as big as Texas.
Taste Lush, full bodied white with green apple, pear, vanilla and honey flavors and a clean, crisp finish that has a tiny hint of minerality.
Price $22


Next I ambled over to Dry Comal Creek Vineyards because I had met the owner, Bonnie Houser, during a preview of the festival and liked her vivacious style. They make wine with grapes grown in Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona with an emphasis on fruit forward wines.

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards 2010 “Bone Dry” French Colombard   

This wine is a limited production wine, with less than 500 cases produced. It’s made with grapes grown in California and fermented and aged at the winery outside New Braunfels, Texas. While it’s labeled “Bone Dry” because it has 0% residual sugar, the fruitiness of the wine makes it seem a bit sweet. It would be a good wine to throw in a bucket of ice and drink during a mid-summer picnic.

Look Like a Texas ranch with aged straw in the sun, light and relaxed.
Smell A floral and almost herbaceous nose with citrus and lemon zest.
Taste This wine came straight out of the orchard with pear, green apple and lime. While the mouth feel was full, it had a crisp mineral finish.
Price $18


My next stop was at the Spicewood Vineyards tent. Owner, Ron Yates, talked about his passion for wine and how happy he is to be making it, instead of being a lawyer like he was before. Ron and winemaker, Jeff Ivy, produce a little more than 5,000 cases of wine annually at the facilities in the Hill Country near Marble Falls. Much of the wine is made from grapes grown on or near the property. Spicewood Vineyards is known for its award winning Sauvignon Blanc.

Spicewood Vineyards Touriga Nacional 2009  

You might recognize Touriga Nacional as one of the primary grapes used to make Port. Unlike Port, this wine is not fortified and does not have high residual sugar. The vines grow well in the heat of Portugal as well as the Texas Hill Country. Spicewood ages its Touriga in a mix of new and aged Hungarian and American oak for about 8 months; just enough time to round out the wine without giving it woody qualities. This is a big wine that would go well with a huge hunk of meat.

Look Deep amethyst and garnet like a rich Cabernet.
Smell This Touriga had a full nose of vanilla, blackberry and anise. Rich, spicy, fruity and powerful.
Taste The first taste is like the first bite into a rare steak right off the ranch, bloody and fleshy. The saline eased quickly into plumb, currant, black cherry and cola. This is a relatively young wine and had enough tannins to make me pucker a bit.
Price $24


I also tried delicious wines from Driftwood Estate Winery and Flat Creek Estate, but after sampling eight wines before getting to them, I didn’t trust the accuracy of my palate (even though I was spitting much of what I sampled). Therefore I chose not to take notes on these wines. In particular, I want to try the Flat Creek Super Texan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah again. I had a great talk with Rick Naber, the owner Flat Creek, and appreciated his enthusiasm for the wine industry in the state. I’ll make a point of visiting his winery. 

I’ve just scratched the surface with Texas wine, but I’m happy to buy them, serve them and recommend them. Give these a try and let me know what you think. I’m going to keep trying Texas wine and really appreciate your recommendations for what to drink next. What should I try?

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Yes there is kick-ass wine made in Oregon: Rockblock Syrah

I mentioned to a friend of mine that I was going review a Syrah from Oregon and he was bemused. “I never think of good wine coming from Oregon. I didn’t even know they made wine in Oregon.” I was a little stunned, taken aback. I thought, don’t worry, he’s just Canadian. (Save your hate mail Canadians. I’m just joking and I love your country even if you have crazy bad Olympic closing ceremonies. I mean what was with that inflatable Rocky and Bullwinkle?) Then it hit me, Oregon wines are to wine what Portlandia is to TV sitcoms.  Brilliant maybe, but only insiders know about it.

I assume that everyone appreciates the splendor of Oregon wine like I do. After all, there are no finer Pinot Noirs made on this Earth. But I get Portlandia. I worked at a winery in Oregon. I guess the wines are a better kept secret than I realized outside of the wine geek world. I feel it’s my duty to proselytize.

Oregon is known for its cool, rainy climate which is perfect for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. There are also regions where the sun burns hotter, such as the Columbia and Rogue Valleys. The Del Rio Vineyard in the Rogue Valley Appellation in Southern Oregon grows thicker skinned grapes like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. They make their own wines and also sell grapes to other fine wineries.

In 1999  Ken and Grace Evenstad, owners of esteemed winery Domaine Serene, decided to make small production, single vineyard wines from three vineyards in two appellations outside of the Willamette Valley. What happens when you put quality fruit in the hands of a skilled wine maker? I stumbled across a pile of 2005 Rockblock Syrah Del Rio Vineyard bottles at the local wine shop and had to bring home an armload. I’m glad I did. I’ve had Del Rio Vineyard wines made by other wineries, and I’ve had buckets of Domaine Serene, so I knew I was in for a treat.

Here’s what it’s like.   

Look Rockblock dresses a glass with deep eggplant and ruby glints in the light revealing sparkling clarity.  
Smell It introduces itself with an Australian accent, the thrill of alcohol springing forth and opening to fig, raspberry and roses.  
Taste Then it reveals a French heritage with cassis, black cherry cola and dark chocolate flavors tempered with smoked cedar in a long finish.
Price $20


I’ll put Rockblock Syrah into my regular rotation to drink with lamb or beer and to drink on its own. It’s approachable like an Aussie Shiraz, but more refined like a French Cotes du Rhone. Don’t take my word for it, try an Oregon Syrah. I purchased this wine at Specs Wine & Spirits.

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When wine becomes more than a hobby: Fetish Wine

We’ve all met them. Those people who have gone from having an interest in wine to being passionate about wine to having a fetish for wine. It starts off innocently enough, but soon spirals out of control. You’ve seen those tell-tale signs. First they start off innocently dabbling a little with wine tastings with a lick and a deep trill of the wine on the tongue. Next they have a favorite clerk at the wine shop that they furtively seek out time and time again. It’s not enough to get their recommendation; they need the clerk’s full attention, to share stories, to share wine secrets. Then they are planning vacations to be closer to wine regions and their oh-so available tasting rooms. Finally, you catch them with fetish-ware all over the house. Things like fancy wine openers, crystal stemware for specifically made for various varietals and those neck rings that they slip over the top of the bottle.

I might know some people like that.

I might be one of those people.

Beautiful Wife and I decided to invite a friend over for a wine tasting. We let her know we had something special. We let her know it was going to be more than a one bottle night. We let her know we meant business. She was game.

Our first wine was Fetish Wine 2008 The Watcher, Barossa Shiraz. Beautiful Wife poured three glasses and set them in front of each of us. We were so eager to dig in, but before we could reach for the glasses, she turned to our fair guest and asked if she would like to watch this round. With a wry smile, she sat back in her chair. She sat close enough to dip her nose deep into the mouth of the glass to smell the wine, but she didn’t dare lift the glass to drink. She didn’t taste it with us. She watched us enjoy our wine.

Look She: Unrequited desire restrained in leather.Me: Violaceous and vibrant, a young bruise pulsing with excitement.
Smell She: The hot musk of a waiting lover, lying just out of reach.Me: A potpourri sachet in the lingerie drawer with dried blackberries, anise and spice.
Taste She: Begged for a drink. She strained at her restraint. She longingly watched us taste the wine.Me: Satisfying, round blueberry with an ample mouthfeel and just enough tannin to keep a slight pout on Beautiful Wife’s lips.   
Price $18


She was completely flush, breathing fast and cooing softly by the time we finished. Watching us blissfully lick the last bit of nectar as it dribbled down the curve of the globe, she closed her eyes and sighed contentedly.  

You know who else has a fetish for wine? Mike Opdahl, the winemaker for Fetish Wines, that’s who. He loved wine so much he started a winery in 2004.  Now that’s a fetish. Fetish makes three other varietals. Mike told me about one he thought I might like; Playmates.

Playmates is an intermingling of three of the best grapes from the Barossa Valley: Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro. What goes better with a ménage à trois of Rhone style grapes than a third friend joining us for a tasting?

Beautiful wife poured three glasses of Fetish 2008 Playmates Barossa Valley and invited our friend to join us. She gingerly massaged her her hands in anticipation and gratefully joined us as we lustfully dipped into our first taste. Oh god it was good, the three of us soaking it in together.

Look The amethyst of her mood ring glowed as her biodynamics heated up.
Smell A buzz of frisky alcohol tickles the nose before playful raspberry, strawberry and blackberry preserves get dolloped on in healthy spoonfuls.  
Taste Full frontal display of luscious mounds of supple berries, full bodied and bold, before sliding in a cedar mouth-bit for a lingering, spiced wood finish.
Price $18


Even if you haven’t slipped down the slippery slope into a wine fetish, Fetish wines can satisfy your desire for saucy, sinful decadence. These wines are great to share with friends in any type of setting. Strip off the cap and try it.

Fetish Wine provided samples of each wine for review.

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy Numbers

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,500 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 58 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 73 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 29mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 30th with 139 views. The most popular post that day was Grown up drinks for grown up tastes: Péché Austin.

Where Did They Come From?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, austinbloggerawards.com, stumbleupon.com, and yelp.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for shotgun beer, beer shotgun, girl in martini glass, blanc pescador, and girl in a martini glass.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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