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Texas' Best Sommelier

Arro's Scott Ota is named the best sommelier in Texas

By Jessica Dupuy

Last week, CultureMap reported on the seven Austin sommeliers set to compete for Texas’ Best Sommelier at TEXSOM, the professional wine education conference and sommelier competition. We ...


World of Wine

Somms Under Fire tantalizes top sommelier talent with one-of-a-kind grand prize experience

By Matt McGinnis

Austin is lucky to have a growing community of motivated sommeliers that matches the ever-increasing goal to create the "ultimate" culinary experience. Local sommeliers demonstrate their ...


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 wine knowledge to master th ...


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 that will accentuate the f ...


Sensational Sommelier

Wine & Spirits Magazine names Chris McFall of Paggi House one of America's Best New Sommeliers

By Jessica Dupuy

To be a good sommelier, you have to have a certain charisma... just knowing a lot about wine isn’t going to cut it. And though it helps to have your arsenal of wine keys, service towels, a no ...


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 at one. I’ve been writing about the subject ...


Wine Talk

Welcome to the Red Room Lounge: Austin's new hidden wine oasis

By Claudia Alarcon

From outside, there is nothing notable about the industrial looking building at 306 E. 3rd Street. A sign announces the home for Thomas Reprographics, and there is a black awning with the words &ld ...


get tipsy

How to romance your date on Valentine’s Day with the right wine

By Matt McGinnis

Everybody wants to get laid, and Valentine’s Day is either a blessing or a curse when it comes to the pursuit of nook-nook. It’s potentially an excuse to have hot monkey sex with your p ...


drink up

"Récoltant-Manipulant" Champagne earns a reputation around town (and its own hashtag)

By Rob Moshein

Quick, answer this question: who produces Champagne in France?  I am certain you answered with at least one of the following names: Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Mumm's, Taittin ...


local flavor for less

Put to the test: Are Texas wines really competitive values?

By Rob Moshein

I held a double blind tasting recently. Ostensibly, the panel was told I was researching "value for the price point" and that they would only know the varietal or blend and the cost. I se ...


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