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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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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 ...

Booze News

Deep Eddy Vodka heads to the Hill Country with new distillery and tasting room

By Matt McGinnis

Deep Eddy Vodka is on a path to nationwide popularity, and the Austin-based company just landed $13 million in financing to continue its growth. The funding will be used in ...

Wine Slingers

These Austin wine pros are competing to be Texas' best sommelier

By Matt McGinnis

On August 11, eight Austin wine experts will test their mettle against elite wine professionals from around the state in the Texas’ Best Sommelier Competition. The competition will be held ...

National Tequila Day

Where to drink in Austin right now: The best places to sip tequila this summer

By Matt McGinnis

Mexico is a land graced with amazing treasures including thousands of miles of stunning coastline, majestic mountains and abundant agricultural products. But one of its most prized exports is tequila ...

Polynesian Punch

Texas Tiki Week returns to 10 Austin bars for week-long celebration

By Matt McGinnis

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 ...

Cocktails for A Cause

Celebrate Negroni Week with classic cocktails at these Austin bars

By Matt McGinnis

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 ...

Tastemaker Talk

Austin's top beverage directors share their favorite sips for spring

By Matt McGinnis

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 ...

Irish Toast

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

By Matt McGinnis

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 ...

Data If You Do, Data If You Don't

Examining the top trends at SXSW Interactive: It's all about data

By Matt McGinnis

While SXSW Interactive may have made its name as the event where blockbuster technologies like Twitter and Foursquare launched, it’s also become a circus of brand exhibitionists. Yes, it ...

Can It

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

By Matt McGinnis

The warmer days of spring lure Austinites to the lake, green belts and swimming pools around town. All of that fresh air and healthy activity works up a mighty thirst ...

Taste of Texas

Deep Eddy Vodka and Absolut unveil tasty new flavors with Texas roots

By Matt McGinnis

New flavored vodkas from Deep Eddy Vodka and Absolut are hitting Texas shelves this month, just in time for spring break madness. And both are riding the wave of growing ...

Recipes for Romance

Recipes for romance: Perfect wine and food pairings for a lovers feast

By Matt McGinnis

Nothing ignites passion as well as wine properly paired with a meal made of aphrodisiacs. Making a romantic dinner for your sweetie at home on Valentine’s Day is a ...

Wine Olympics

Forget Sochi: Elite sommeliers compete in 'wine Olympics' during Somms Under Fire

By Matt McGinnis

In just over two weeks, some of the world’s best athletes will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Whether it's speed skating or snowboarding, the one ...

Austin's Holiday Cocktails

5 favorite holiday cocktails of Austin movers and shakers — and the best bars to drink them in

By Matt McGinnis

In between the office parties, your neighbors’ holiday parties and your friends’ crazy Christmas parties, there are bound to be a few times during the holidays when you find yourself ...

Fall Drinks

10 cocktails Austin bars concocted to warm your autumn nights

By Matt McGinnis

Recently the mercury has been plummeting to a chilly 60 degrees, and frostbitten Austinites are scrambling to find their woolen sweaters and scarves. It’s that time of year. Now ...

Austin's Cool Enough for Quinetum

Hendrick's Gin's exclusive new cordial is available in only three U.S. cities — and Austin is one of them

By Matt McGinnis

Lesley Gracie, Hendrick’s Gin's master distiller, and a couple brand ambassadors are barnstorming a few U.S. cities, including New York, Austin and San Francisco to introduce a ...

Good Times for Texas Beer Lovers

Texas Craft Brewers Festival taps booming beer market

By Matt McGinnis

“This has never been seen before in Texas,” mused Tim Schwartz, president of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and owner/brewer at Real Ale Brewing Company, as he looked around ...

Texas Style Oktoberfest

Your guide to the best Texas-style Oktoberfest celebrations in Central Texas

By Matt McGinnis

One of the best things about having thousands of German immigrants settles in Texas beginning in the 1840s is the proliferation of Oktoberfest celebrations that happen each autumn. Just like ...

Bourbon Bash

Austin's baddest bartenders duke it out in bourbon bash

By Matt McGinnis

On Tuesday, September 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Mercury Hall, some of Austin’s best bartenders will be whipping up amazing cocktails using more than 30 ...

Bourbon Buzz

Toast Bourbon Heritage Month with Texas whiskey and Austin cocktails

By Matt McGinnis

We have a wealth of opportunities to celebrate bourbon in this country, and for that we can thank Congress. Not only did that esteemed body pronounce the homegrown whiskey “America ...

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