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Skip the green beer on St. Patrick's Day and pour me a glass of Irish Whiskey from Tullamore Dew, Jameson Irish Whiskey or 2 Gingers. Here are five Irish whiskey's and the best Irish parities in Austin to enjoy them this March 17. 
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Winemaker Merry Edwards will be honored as the featured winemaker at the The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas 29th Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction March 22 at Four Seasons Hotel Austin. She describes her path to success in this Q&A.
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Do you want to go to the Austin Food & Wine Alliance "Official Drink of Austin" competition? Here is your chance. One lucky winner will receive two tickets. All you have to do is answer the following question: “What two Texas spirits were included in the winning cocktail recipe from the 2011 Drink Local Night?”

Submit your answer in the comment section on the What Are You Drinking blog post. One winner will be chosen at random from all correct submissions.
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Not only do chefs dominate the program with wine playing second fiddle at the Austin Food & Wine Festival, but as far as I can tell, there are no sessions that bring together culinary and wine talent to share food and wine pairings. Here are my picks for winners and losers at this year's Fest. 
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Who needs to go to a specialty beer bar when the new Whole Foods Market, which opens at the Domain this Wednesday, January 15, will have 45 beer taps in its Draft Shack. 
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Time to go outside, enjoy the sun and knock back a beer out of a handy can. Here are three spring releases from Texas brewers Hops and Grain, Independence Brewing Co. and Spoetzl Brewery.
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If you love Deep Eddy Vodka Ruby Red, then you have to give Cranberry a try. Lovely new flavor from our home town distiller. Also new to town, Absolut has introduced Absolut Texas Limited Edition. Is it a good marketing ploy to reach Texas vodka lovers or an assault on craft distillers? See what some locals think.
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Are you ready for some sweet, sweet lovin' on Valentine's Day? Here is everything you need to create a romantic dinner for your love. That's right, aphrodisiac and wine pairings! 
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My favorite wine event of the year is happening this Sunday. Somms Under Fire pits three talented wine experts against each other in a dual of wine and food pairings and a cocktail competition. Check out the action starting at 5pm at the AT&T Conference center. The food will be prepared by Chef Shawn Cirkiel of Parkside. The best part is guests get to eat and drink the results of the competition.
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Cocktails for a cause! This Sunday, drink.well. will hold a fundraiser for Speed Rack, the national female bartender competition. All proceeds go to fight breast cancer.
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I'm the  Managing director of Cohn & Wolfe, Austin, wine lover, drink blogger for www.WhatAreYouDrinking.net, cyclist, husband and dad. Contributing writer for CultureMap Austin and Austin Man magazine
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Toast St. Patrick’s Day the right way with these 5 Irish whiskies
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Here are five Irish whiskeys to try St. Patrick’s Day and your list of the best parties in Austin.

Beers to go: 3 Texas breweries introduce new canned beers for spring
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Three Texas brewers — Independence Brewing Co., Hops & Grain Brewing and Shiner — are introducing new beers in non-breakable cans suitable f

Merry Edwards Honored as Featured Winemaker at the 29th Annual Rare &amp...
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This story originally ran on Austin Woman Magazine. Merry Edwards The wine world can be a bit of a good-old-boys club, but Sonoma County-bas

Deep Eddy Vodka and Absolut unveil tasty new flavors with Texas roots
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New flavored vodkas from Deep Eddy Vodka and Absolut are hitting the shelves in Texas just in time for SXSW and Spring Break parties. Here a

Win tickets to “Official Drink of Austin” cocktail competition and Texas...
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Win free tickets to the Official Drink of Austin competition courtesy of Austin Food & Wine Alliance and What Are You Drinking? The booze ba

Recipes for romance: Perfect wine and food pairings for Valentine’s Day
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Nothing ignites passion as well as properly paired wine with a meal made with aphrodisiacs. Here is your recipe for romance, a four-course a

Food Comes First at the Austin Food & Wine Festival
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The talent line up for the third annual Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, April 25-27, 2014 was announced this week. It features a star-studded l

Elite sommeliers compete in ‘wine Olympics’ during Somms Under Fire
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This Sunday Austin is hosting a mini wine Olympics. Three sommeliers will battle in a test of wine and food pairings in Somms Under Fire on

Whole Foods Markets brings 45 beer taps to its new Domain store
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Beer lovers rejoice. Whole Foods Markets is opening a new location at the Domain on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, that will have 45 beer taps

Speed Rack Fundraiser to be Held at Drink.well
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Jessica Sanders, co-owner of Drink.well is holding a fundraiser this Sunday, January 12 for the Speed Rack cocktail competition.

Turning up the Volume at Cliff Lede Vineyards
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Napa Valley conjures images of gracious winery tasting rooms with picturesque views of the vine covered hills. That’s exactly what you’ll ex

Top 10 Austin Food Blogs: Top 10 Austin Food Blogs
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Top 10 Austin Food Blogs: It may just be a logical outcome of the

Five Favorite Holiday Cocktails of Prominent Austinites
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Five prominent Austinites share recipes for their go-to seasonal drinks to order at a favorite bar or to mix at home.

Whiskey: Everything you ever needed to know about the drink for every man
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Whiskey’s caramel-colored glory is just as at home in the coarsely calloused mitt of the rancher as it is in the well-manicured grip of a te

Tasting Mountain Wines at Cardinale Estate
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Winemaker, Chris Carpenter, works his magic creating stellar Cabernet Sauvignon for Cardinale Estate, La Jota Vineyards, Lokoya and Mt. Brav

Our Anniversary Trip to California Wine Country, Returning to the Scene ...
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The siren song has drawn us to California wine country several times. Here are a few tips we’ve learned about visiting the wine country.

What Are You Drinking During the F1 Grand Prix?
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There will be plenty of parties in Austin this weekend catering to F1 race fans. Here are two recommendations for Texas cocktails to get you

Thanksgiving Wine Picks: Why Not Serve Pinot Noir with Turkey this Year?
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This year, Thanksgiving falls on the first day of Hanukkah. It’s hard enough to pick the perfect wine for Thanksgiving dinner, but for famil

Wine for your Halloween Party
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Inexpensive wine recommendations for your Halloween party.

10 Austin Cocktails to Warm Your Autumn Nights
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Bars and restaurants around Austin are rolling out their autumn cocktail menus, featuring bolder, boozier and spicier drinks. Here are 10 dr