Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"...Last night, nestled in the country town of Lometa, about an hour-and-a-half outside of Austin, Fiesta Winery lead the way into Texas Wine Month with a kickoff party for an all-month sojourn across the Texas Hill Country Wineries Trail...."
"...The diversity of Austin's wine menus is no accident. The public's thirst for knowledge, plus a decade of hard work from a legion of local beverage professionals, has made Austin a leading destination for wine importers and producers..."
"...Over the last 10 years, the quality of Texas wines has been on an exponential upward arc. At the turn of the millennium, you could count the good wineries in Texas on your two hands..."
"...It is June Rodil's 34th birthday and she's spending part of it cloistered in the Napoleon Room at Jeffrey's, taking a break from receiving, sorting, and putting away dozens upon dozens of bottles of wine. This particular day marks two and a half weeks since starting her new position as beverage director at McGuire Moorman Hospitality group – comprising Jeffrey's, Josephine House, Clark's, Lamberts, Perla's, and Elizabeth Street Café – and she's hit the ground running...."
"...Wednesday night, we attended the first wine dinner at Central Market's week-long Food for Every Wine - Wine for Every Food celebration. Chehalem Wines and their winemaker, Wynne Peterson-Nedry, partnered with Central Market to host a knock-out six course tasting dinner at the Cooking School...."
"...Here's a fun gift idea: a bottle of wine with a label you choose and design. Do you have a great picture? Maybe yourself, family, or a puppy? Or how about your own band logo? A good bottle of wine with a bespoke label can make a nice gift, and Personal Wine, a local company, is doing the job in a novel way...."
"..."Wine is earthy. It’s got blood..."
"...Aquarelle (606 Rio Grande, 479-8117, www.aquarellerestaurant.com, happy hour 5-7pm) is one of Austin's finest restaurants, and the wine bar is always a great bargain. During happy hour in the wine bar, it offers half-price appetizers (including a great croque monsieur), plus both a stellar selection of French wines and a fine collection of robust New World wines...."
"...Somewhere in Italy, there is a bureaucrat that deserves death by unga-bunga. They effectively ruined a great swath of the Italian wine business by not seeing to the quality of wine being released..."
"...In the mood for a luscious bottle of wine under $10? Wines from Argentina are always a good bet in that price range...."
"...We usually don’t profile wine importers or distributors because often they are just big, anonymous companies. But lately, we’ve run into a few intrepid entrepreneurs with small, specific wine portfolios worth checking out...."
"...“Wine Enthusiast is committed to travel and wine is the ultimate entrée into the world’s most amazing destinations,” says Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa. “This year’s list represents the best—and in some cases still unknown— places in which to marry a love of wine, food, and culture right now."..."
"...The Languedoc wine region of France is a huge area, encompassing the Mediterranean part of France from the border of Spain all the way over to Provence. It is currently the single largest wine producing area in the world, and up until the last decade, it routinely outproduced all of California – though it's never had a great reputation because most of its wine was produced for the cheapest of grocery store markets...."
"...The 2013 Austin Food & Wine Festival has come and gone. Everyone we spoke with agreed things went much better than 2012..."
"...Based on feedback after the last year's debut, organizers of this year's Austin Food & Wine Festival have made some important adjustments that should increase festival enjoyment potential...."
"...Austin restaurateur Reed Clemons originated the Warehouse District see-and-be-seen dining scene in the Nineties with his popular restaurants Mezzaluna and the Bitter End. Clemons left Downtown for the suburban success of wine bars in Westlake and Lakeway in the Aughts, but now he's back...."
"...The Austin Food and Wine Alliance hosts their fourth annual Wine and Swine pig cook-off this Sunday, Nov. 23..."
"...For the first two years of its existence, I watched the Austin Food & Wine Festival from afar, mildly jealous of those folks with pockets deep enough to swing a ticket or two. But this year I decided that enough was enough, and found my way through the gates with a media pass...."
"...Summer is the time to head to the lakes and have a picnic. Usually, when we go, we try to take a cheap, cold wine that has low alcohol and fragrant aromatics, like a Spanish Txakoli...."
"...Locations is a company that makes iconoclastic wines from vineyards around the world. Their response to the carefully crafted laws of various wine regions is to take any rules they don’t like and toss them out the window..."
"...Alamosa Wine Cellars owners Jim and Karen Johnson announced their retirement this week after more than 20 years as leaders in the modern Texas wine industry. The Johnsons planted Texas' first warm weather grape varietals in San Saba county in 1996, making them the farthest north of the Hill Country wineries...."
"...Saturday morning dawned sunny and warm, and hundreds of festival goers lined up outside the Austin Food & Wine Festival gates in anticipation of the 11am start time. They were rewarded for their patience at about 11:07, when they were finally allowed access to all the food, wine, and celebrity chef-spotting they could handle...."
"...The Austin Food & Wine Alliance's annual Wine and Swine event has bounced around from venue to venue over the past few years, but here's hoping they've found a permanent home at Star Hill Ranch. After Saturday's downpours, Sunday dawned bright and blustery and the celebration of all things pork was another rousing success...."
"...Help Austin women dress for success by attending a casual, after-work party with wine, appetizers, a silent auction with fabulous gifts, and massages from Massage Envy...."
"...According to an email blast from Baltz & Co., the publicity firm behind the Austin Food + Wine Festival, all of the outdoor events including the Grand Taste at Auditorium Shores and Rock Your Taco and Taste of Texas at Republic Square Park have been canceled due to inclement weather conditions...."
"...You’ve been waiting all year – hungrily watching for any sign of the return of the Austin Food + Wine Festival and all hundreds of bites that you will get to eat over a long weekend. Just when you thought your patience would run out, AFWF announced that tickets go on sale at 10am today...."
"...The change of venue made a huge difference. Instead of dog park dust in our eyes and our wine glasses, we got the soft green grass of Butler Park..."
"...Sauvignon Blanc is a chameleon wine that can completely change its aromas, flavors, and looks based solely on where it is grown. Its primary focal points are aromas that shift gradually from stone/mineral/fresh cut grass to grapefruit juice and then to even more grapefruit juice...."
"...Spring is here, and with warm weather on its way, wouldn’t it be nice to try something in the way of a white wine that isn’t Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc?..."
"...Or deeply concentrate on a statue of Bacchus or the Green Man or Sucellus (or Padma Lakshmi, whatever) while reciting a spell. We all need to work together to make sure the rain doesn’t wash out the Austin Food + Wine Festival again...."
"...Y’all might not know it yet, but on November 20, you’re gonna let out a slow daaaannnnnggggg! That’s because 22 chefs will be converging on Star Hill Ranch for Wine & Swine in the Hill Country to compete for $1,500 from Tender Belly and raise funds for Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s culinary grant program...."
"...It’s no secret that the Austin Food and Wine Alliance can throw one heckuva party. Indeed, when I broke my arm the afternoon before Live Fire! this spring, I did what any other red-blooded American would have done – I walked over to H-E-B to buy a sling and drank a quick glass of bubbles so I could stand in line for Aaron Franklin’s brisket...."
"...Wrist band: check. Wine glass: check..."
"...Everyone shows up for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, Walton's makes a burger, and your brunch choice gets more difficult in today's food news...."
"...There's always a little bit of back and forth texting with my friends when the lineup for the Texas Food and Wine Festival comes out – a lot of OMGs, a couple of WTFs, the occasional ballerina twins emoji (still trying to figure that one out). It's no wonder people get pumped..."
"...New Zealand winemaker extraordinaire Kim Crawford shot through Austin a few weeks ago leaving a trail of happy wine consumers and professionals. He made sure everyone around him had the chance to taste his world famous Sauvignon Blanc ($15)...."
"...The Austin Food & Wine Festival returns to Butler Park from April 25-27 with a full line up of interactive cooking demos, informative and educational seminars, tasting tents with food, wine, cocktails and craft beers, live music, and plenty of opportunities to rub elbows with culinary stars from around Texas and the nation...."
"...The Austin Food & Wine Alliance held their second annual Wine & Swine event on the pastoral grounds of Pioneer Farms last Sunday. The charming rural setting of the living history museum that depicts 1880's farm life in Central Texas fit the event like a vintage pig-skin glove...."
"...One of the unexpected benefits of the Sideways-fueled passion for Pinot is that a lot of the grape has been planted in areas where the winemaker can’t rely on their vineyards to produce a dark red berry-looking wine. So they are left with a few options...."
"...No wine is tougher to find than a reasonably priced, good quality Pinot Noir. The grape achieves its apotheosis in the Burgundy area of France, but their version is notoriously unpredictable from vintage to vintage...."
"...Tens of millions of people love Pinot Grigio. It's well-known, accessible, and tends to find itself toward the top of wine lists arranged by price...."
"...Praise be, to whatever gods may be: The rain stayed tucked inside somewhat ominous clouds during this year’s Austin Food + Wine Festival. That said, there was no shortage of wet brows, from crews working their stations to festgoers sipping and slurping through the oh-so-muggy air...."
"...As spring rounds into summer, graduation is on the brain. In the case of Food & Wine magazine’s annual Best New Chefs lists, this is the season when 10 extravagantly talented, up-and-coming chefs graduate to the big leagues...."
"...Remember earlier this year when you ate a lot of beef at the Salt Lick Pecan Grove Pavilion and everything was covered in carnival lights and you met your future husband? You should send the folks at the Austin Food and Wine Alliance a thank you card...."
"...Andy Wiggington talks about coffee like most sommeliers talk about wine. He will point out its fruity notes or earthy balance..."
"...24 top chefs from Austin and San Antonio will present dishes based on locally-raised Berkshire hogs for the third annual Wine & Swine pig-out party hosted by the Austin Food & Wine Alliance at Ceres Park Ranch from 1-4pm on Sunday, Nov. 10...."
"...Naming the best new chefs around the country has been standard practice at Food & Wine magazine for 25 years, but much-needed recognition of pastry chefs is just getting started. That's why it's great to see four Austin pastry chefs getting some well-deserved acclaim in the magazine's new online poll to choose the People's Best New Pastry Chef...."
"...The Austin Food & Wine Alliance's inaugural grants will help fund the first Texas apple orchard using organic practices, support a program raising heritage breed hogs and an initiative to provide local organic foods to low income families, and underwrite a documentary to teach Texas high school students about raising beef from pasture to plate...."
"...It sits on my shelf gathering dust, a bottle of Rolling Stones wine from my editor Raoul Hernandez. Not opening it is a kind of symbol for me, but nothing overly spiritual or meaningful..."