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Who is the best bartender in Austin? A panel of judges (including me) chose these 9 as finalists for the CultureMap Austin Tastemaker Award for Bartender of the Year. Check out the nominees from Bar Congress, drink.well., King Bee, Garage Cocktail Bar, Qui, JW Marriott Austin, Half Step and The Tigress.
Here are 9 of Austin’s finest bartenders who have been nominated for the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards for Bartender of the Year.
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Here is your chance to go to a kick-ass party with the Best Texas Wines selected by Jessica Norman Dupuy​ of Texas Monthly​ and grilled lamb, goat and pork from Chef John Bates of Noble Sandwich Co.​for FREE!!! Its easy to enter. Check it out, and come party with me at the The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas​ Toast and Roast on Sunday! 
Some of you love Texas wine. Some of you are skeptical about its quality. Here is your chance to taste the 20 Best Texas Wines all in one place and all for free. That’s right, What Are You Drinking is giving away a pair of tickets to the The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas‘s inaugural Toast …
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Can't wait for Toast & Roast on March 1. 
 
Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and Texas Monthly Presents Toast & Roast
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The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas hosts incredible wine and food centric events throughout the year. Through their philanthropy program many of these events benefit nonprofits in our community to include Dell Children's Med...
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Looking for new wineries to visit In Texas? Try these 8 off the beaten path places to relax and have a good glass of wine. ‪#‎TXwine‬
The popular wineries clustered along U.S. Route 290 and near Fredericksburg regularly draw big crowds to their tasting rooms. While these wineries are great, there are several hidden gems just a short drive from Austin. On January 17 and 18, the Top of the Hill Country Wine Trail held a barrel tasting event from the 2014 harvest …
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Thanks Amy! Happy to give you the inside scoop before you go. 
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This Sunday, 3 advanced sommeliers will go head-to-head in a wildly entertaining food & wine paring competition, Somms Under Fire. Keeper Collection, LLC is hosting this fantastic event for the 4th year with incredible food from Chef David Bull and Chef Jason Stude. The contestants are top notch and the judges are the best in the industry. See you there!
  Figuring out the right wine to go with your dinner can be daunting for just about anyone. Just try doing it in front of a live audience and a panel of wine experts judging you. That is exactly what three wine professionals will do when they compete in the 2015 Somms Under Fire, a …
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Congrats to my client Wedding Oak Winery for winning 6 medals at the TEXSOM International Wine Competition! 
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Who are Austin's Best Bartenders? There are many excellent bartenders in town, but these 3 from Bar Congress​, Qui​ and la V​ are at the forefront of the craft scene in Austin. 
Austin has dozens of places scattered throughout the city that serve immaculately prepared craft cocktails. Here are Austin's three best bartenders.
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Yeah Sadao knows his stuff. He just got the top score in his Certified Sommelier test. 
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This Thursday the Austin Food & Wine Alliance and the TipsyTexan.com will host "The Official Drink of Austin" cocktail competition. There will be tons of excellent drinks from Texas distillers and Austin's best bartenders. You need to be there. I've got a pair of tickets to give away. Enter here!!
Here is your chance to win tickets to see some of the most talented bartenders in Austin mix amazing cocktails at The Official Drink of Austin competition.
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One of Texas' oldest craft breweries introduced a new label design with every beer over its 19 years in business. Now Real Ale Brewing has  kicked it all to the curb with a complete brand makeover - new logo, packaging and swag with a consistent identity. Same great beer, fresh new look. What do you think? 
Just in time for Texas Independence Day, my birthday and SXSW, Real Ale Brewing Company, will unveil a completely new look for its logo, packaging, and website. After 19 years of brewing craft beer and selling it in somewhat miss-matched bottles and cans, the brewery has made the bold move to update its image while retaining  elements …
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Brrr its cold outside! Warm up with these whiskey cocktails. 
Late winter weather in Texas calls for whiskey to warm you up. But instead of heading to a bar for a beverage, What Are You Drinking brings you three winter warmer whiskey cocktail recipes to make at home. A Texas take on Irish Coffee Amanda and Nick Swift both love Scotch whisky. Amanda was born to love …
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Its a lovely day to have a whiskey and Champagne cocktail. Al Capone's birthday is a perfect excuse to break out the Templeton Rye and a cocktail shaker. Cheers!
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    Marketing Consultant, 2014 - present
    Connecting people with your brand in ways that build relationships requires that you have a good story. For more than 20 years I have used storytelling to bring brands to life in compelling marketing and communications campaigns, product launches and corporate brand building. I have a deep appreciation for how persuasive narratives can have a positive business impact by inspiring people to take action. I put that to work in multifaceted marketing and communications programs including message development, corporate positioning, communications counsel, content development, presentation development, media relations activities, social media, industry analyst relations, event coordination and direct to customer communications.
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I'm the founder of Pen and Tell Us, http://penandtellus.com/, a marketing consultancy that provides a combination of integrated marketing services, content strategy and communications to help companies connect with their target market and achieve business results.

Blogger for www.WhatAreYouDrinking.net, soccer player, husband and dad. Contributing writer for CultureMap Austin and Austin Man magazine
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