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Matt McGinnis

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Food + Drink

As the managing director of Cohn & Wolfe, Austin, 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 whimsical booze reviews were recognized with a 2011 Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman. When he's not writing for clients at work or about beverages after work, he spends time playing with his kids, riding his bike around Austin and dreaming about his retirement  job at a winery, distillery or brewery.

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Wine Down

Meet the Tastemakers: Austin’s top sommeliers share inspiration and favorite wines for celebrations

By Matt McGinnis

Just as a winemaker has to combine an artful flair with precise chemistry to make fine wine, a sommelier needs to combine a skillful touch with customer service and deep ...


2013 Tastemakers

Meet the Tastemakers: 5 of Austin's top breweries and their award-worthy beers

By Matt McGinnis

Craft beer is on fire in the U.S. and passion for local brews is stoked by a growing number of breweries in town. Austin now boasts 14 craft breweries ...


3 solid tech trends emerge from the growing glitz of SXSW Interactive

By Matt McGinnis

For one day there is odd convergence of hung-over techies and hipsters as SXSW Interactive comes to a close the same day that SXSW Music kicks in to gear. It ...


SXSW Recap

11 rules for life from SXSW Interactive keynote, Tina Roth Eisenberg

By Matt McGinnis

Known for introducing new technologies and showcasing amazing digital advances, this year’s SXSW Interactive introduced a new twist on the meaning of “interactive.” Designer and blogger, Tina Roth Eisenberg ...


What are you drinking?

Craft Pride brings 54 taps of Texas craft beer to Rainey Street

By Matt McGinnis

Just when you thought that every beer-soaked square inch of Rainey Street was occupied by a bar, another one squeezes into the scene. The newest addition to the red hot ...


Good Eats

Cowboys + Gauchos showcases Texan and Southern American cuisine at Salt Lick Pavilion

By Matt McGinnis

Nothing is more quintessentially Texan than the cowboy. This Sunday, February 24, cowboy culture from Texas and South America will be on display in all its finery at the Salt ...


taste test

Austin’s top sommeliers test skills in Somms Under Fire food and wine pairing competition

By Matt McGinnis

Imagine staring at a menu that lists an entrée of roast lamb served with artichokes, goat cheese and cinnamon spiced spinach. Your job is to match the perfect wine ...


Fitness for a cause

Going bananas: Third annual Gorilla Run 5k returns to the streets of Austin this weekend

By Matt McGinnis

This coming Saturday, the streets of Austin will be overrun with hundreds of gorillas grunting and beating their chests. No, it’s not a remake of the campy '70s flick ...


Holiday Wine

'Tis the season wine list: Top 10 holiday wines, from sparkling to dessert

By Jessica Dupuy, Matt McGinnis

Looking for the perfect holiday wine? If you need a little help, and you're willing to take the advice of two relatively well-informed wine enthusiasts, then look no further ...


What are you drinking?

Texas-flavored Bloody Mary recipes for your Sunday Funday

By Matt McGinnis

There are billions of reasons for day drinking on a Sunday: you need a little hair of the dog, your NFL team is winning, you’re thirsty in church, it ...


Weekend escape

Escape F1 madness with a Hill Country getaway to Texas Fall Fest

By Matt McGinnis

This weekend the exotic Formula 1 racing cars will roar into Austin for the first time ever. Out of the crush of traffic and blare of the lights, another elegant ...


In Vino Veritas

Exclusive reds and fine champagnes: Big Reds and Bubbles returns for tenth annual fete

By Matt McGinnis

Austinites love a good party, and Thursday, for the tenth year, hundreds of people will pack into the Driskill Hotel to sip some of the world’s finest champagne and ...


Drink Up

Trick-or-treat for adults: The spookiest Halloween cocktails in Austin

By Matt McGinnis

Despite being far too old to actually go trick-or-treating, we have a viable Halloween treat option for you. This All Hallows Eve, put down the bowl of candy and opt ...


Good Eats

Local chefs go whole hog at Wine & Swine, benefiting Austin Food & Wine Alliance

By Matt McGinnis

How many ways can you think of to prepare a whole pig? On Sunday, Nov. 4, more than a dozen prominent central Texas chefs will test their haute hog skills ...


Brew News

Hops & Grain celebrates its first anniversary with eight exclusive brews

By Matt McGinnis

Hops & Grain brewer Josh Hare hadn’t even started brewing his first batch of beer in time to attend the 2011 Texas Craft Brewers Festival. Now he's in the ...


Brew News

Texas Craft Brewers Festival brings more than 100 locally-made beers to Fiesta Gardens

By Matt McGinnis

Instead of attending the same stale tailgate with unmemorable beers this weekend, trade in crap beer for craft beer at the 2012 Texas Craft Brewers Festival. Held at Fiesta Gardens ...


Drink Up

Liberty Tavern reopens with fresh Austin vibe and focus on Texas-made brews and cocktails

By Matt McGinnis

A lot of people complain about the “Dallasification” of Austin. Oh how people go on about big oil moneyed, overly made up, aesthetically-challenged Dallasites (or is it Dallasonians?) crossing the ...


Around the World

A Texas winemaker in Spain: Russell Smith's Mediterranean journey

By Matt McGinnis

When I was a kid I used to make tiny worlds in a shoe box. I guess dioramas were a popular thing for Midwestern kids to make in the 1970s ...


Wine Talk

Wine tastings, lectures and tests: Entering the world of the sommelier

By Matt McGinnis

I thought I knew a lot about wine. I mean I’ve worked at a winery, I’ve visited tons of them over the years and I even got married ...


Brew News

Craft beer boom: Industry could have $5.6 billion economic impact on Texas if laws are changed

By Matt McGinnis

We pride ourselves on having a free market economy where supply and demand are the only regulators of prices and trade, but that’s not actually the case — especially when ...


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