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Matt McGinnis


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As a marketing strategist for Pen & Tell Us, Matt McGinnis provides marketing, branding and communications counsel to food and beverage as well as other clients globally. He is also an avid beverage enthusiast, chronicling his interests as a Food & Drink contributing writer for CultureMap, as the Food & Drink columnist for Austin Man Magazine, and as a blogger for  What Are You Drinking?He is passionate about the wine industry having previously worked at a winery in Oregon and in wine sales. He has served as Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse, and is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers.

His writing has been recognized by the Austin Chronicle as a Top 10 Food Blogger in 2013 and 2014, and with a Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman in 2011. When he's not writing for clients at work or about beverages after work, he spends time playing with his kids, playing soccer and dreaming about his retirement job at a winery, distillery or brewery.  


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Local Wine Pro

Austin wine pro named the best sommelier in Texas

By Matt McGinnis

Austin has a reputation for its excellent food and wine scene. That status is continually bolstered with prestigious awards. To add to the growing list of accolades, Nathan Fausti, sommelier ...

Urban Wine

Hot new winery set to open in funky South Austin space

By Matt McGinnis

Visiting wineries is the epitome of elegance. It’s easy to conjure fairy tale images of royalty while enveloped in the romance of walking rows of fragrant grapevines as you ...

Where to Drink

New Congress Avenue hot spot, The Townsend, scores badass guest bartender

By Matt McGinnis

It’s fairly common for music venues like the Continental Club and Cactus Café to have an artist residency with guest bands playing shows on consecutive nights or weeks. It ...

Summer Spirits

What to drink in Austin right now: Two local spirits put a new spin on gin

By Matt McGinnis

Gin starts life as a wallflower. In the beginning, it is nothing more than colorless, odorless, flavorless liquor, sort of like vodka. Then it is distilled again with a mix ...

Negroni Week Sips

Austin's hottest bars are serving up sexy sips to celebrate the classic Negroni

By Matt McGinnis

Ah, the Negroni. As sexy as a silky red dress. The folks at Imbibe Magazine and Campari love it so much, they have organized an entire week, Negroni Week, to ...

Booze Blimp

There's a giant cucumber flying over Austin this weekend — and you could go for a ride

By Matt McGinnis

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a flying cucumber! That’s right, Hendrick’s Gin has created Hendrick's Air, a gigantic billboard in the sky ...

Best Bars in Austin

The best bars in Austin: 11 cocktail meccas that will quench your thirst

By Matt McGinnis

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 ...

Drinking Tips

Everything we learned about drinking from the 2015 Austin Food + Wine Festival

By Matt McGinnis

The Austin Food + Wine Festival hit its stride this year. Logistics went smoothly, lines moved quickly, food and beverage seminars drew top quality talent, and the grand tasting had a ...

Terrific Tequila

This Austin company is making the best tequila on the planet

By Matt McGinnis

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 ...

Meet the Tastemakers

These 9 Austin bartenders are shaking up the city's cocktail scene

By Matt McGinnis

There are dozens of bars throughout Austin that serve excellent drinks, flawlessly prepared with craft spirits and locally sourced ingredients. The rise of cocktails in Austin is riding the same ...

Whiskey warmers

3 whiskey cocktails guaranteed to keep you warm this winter

By Matt McGinnis

Late winter weather in Texas calls for whiskey to warm you up. But instead of heading to a bar for a beverage, CultureMap brings you three winter warmer whiskey cocktail ...

Hill Country Road Trip

Hidden gems: 3 under-the-radar wineries just a short drive from Austin

By Matt McGinnis

The popular wineries clustered along U.S. Route 290 and near Fredericksburg regularly draw big crowds to their tasting rooms. While these wineries are great, there are several hidden gems ...

January Drink Events

Easy Tiger's exclusive Pappy flights and Somms Under Fire top best drink events this month

By Matt McGinnis, Tom Thornton

We've resolved to get more familiar with our favorite beverages this year. Whether whiskey, coffee or wine, Austin merchants, bars and sommeliers are constantly offering new and innovative ways ...

Join The Club

Texas Monthly's exclusive new club delivers state's best wine to your door

By Matt McGinnis

Whether it is for barbecue or tacos, people have long looked to Texas Monthly as an arbiter of iconic Texas flavors. Now the publication is putting its stamp of approval ...

Booze Battle

Nasty feud at Texas distillery ends with buy-out

By Matt McGinnis

The nasty feud between Chip Tate, founder and head distiller of Waco-based Balcones Distillery, and its investors is now over. The distillery’s board of managers has bought Tate’s ...

Wine Guide

Holiday wine guide: Perfect pairings for morning, noon and night

By Matt McGinnis

I love Thanksgiving. It’s a fantastic day to enjoy the company of family and friends, reflect on the best parts of our lives, and break out bottle after bottle ...

Beer Bash

120 brews on tap for Texas Craft Brewers Festival's biggest bash ever

By Matt McGinnis

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 ...

Where to Drink

Our 9 favorite bourbon bars — plus can't-miss drink specials

By Matt McGinnis

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 ...

Booze News

New Texas-made gin joins Dripping Springs' booming booze empire

By Matt McGinnis

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 ...

Texas' Best Sommelier

Red Room Lounge's sommelier named the best in Texas

By Matt McGinnis

On Monday night, Joelle Cousins, general manager and sommelier of Red Room Lounge, was crowned Texas’ Best Sommelier, the sixth winner from Austin in the past 10 years. Austin sommeliers ...

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