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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 rev ...


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 thing that is certain is t ...


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

SOMM premieres in Austin, documenting the journey of four Master Sommelier candidates

By Arden Ward

Ever wonder just how serious a sommelier is about wine? Those with the heralded “Master Sommelier” credential have spent hours, months and even years pouring through flashcards; memoriz ...


Food Fest Report

Austin Food & Wine Festival turns a corner and entices a new loyal following

By Jessica Dupuy

On Sunday afternoon, the last of the fire pit embers on the grounds of Butler Park withered away and the cleanup crew began the arduous task of collapsing the tents, trailering some 100-plus Weber ...


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 ...


drink up

Austin Food and Wine Festival gives Texas wine a Texas-sized round of applause

By Matt McGinnis

We have a lot of pride in our state. Everything is not only bigger, but also better in Texas. Is that really true of everything? Sure we like to eat local and drink local, but come on, is Texas win ...


Did Somebody Say Sommelier?

Taking Texas' best sommelier trophy to Austin

By Jessica Dupuy

What does it take to become the best sommelier in Texas? According to the panel of Master Sommelier's who judge for the special distinction each year at the Texas Sommeliers Conference (TEXSOM) ...


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