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There are more than 1500 bars in Austin, but not all of them are worth your time. Here are the 11 Best Bars in Austin. 
There is no shortage of places to get a drink in this town. But for the discerning tastes of Austin’s cocktail crazy residents, not just any bar will do. The best bars in town pay attention to every aspect of your happiness with a stellar drink list, proper glassware, excellent ice and an enjoyable atmosphere, …
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I'm not a big drinker, but this article sure makes me want to savor a couple of cocktails. Thank you.
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Its almost time for a Cinco de Mayo margarita. Here are five ways not to fuck it up according to David Alan at the Austin Food + Wine Festival
Taking a long drink from his margarita, David Alan, founder of the Tipsy Texan consultancy, cooed, “Tastes like childhood.” In one of the most spirited sessions of the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival, Alan described the history, ways to mess up and proper ways to make a margarita in “Rescue the Rita.” A proper …
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It is perfect weather for a glass of rose or two. Here are Master Sommelier, Devon Broglie's, recommendations for great pink wines at the Austin Food + Wine Festival.
Nothing beats a glass of delicate and lovely pink wine on a warm day. Master Sommelier and global beverage buyer for Whole Foods, Devon Broglie, led a packed house through a tasting of seven rose wines in his session, “Rosé by Any Other Name,” at the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival. Broglie started his …
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Wine personality Mark Oldman held an entertaining session on the right wines to pair with spicy food at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. Check the highlights with fun photos of an audience member sabering Champagne.
“This town is loaded with spicy food with everything from TexMex to Korean to Cajun,” says Mark Oldman, wine personality and author. In his “Heat Seekers, Best Wine for Spicy” session at the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival he recommended sparkling, white and red wines that can take the heat. The ever entertaining showman …
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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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The 4th annual Austin Food + Wine Festival was a blast. Here is my recap with tons of photos of the sessions, the parties and the closing dance party with DJ Mel.
In its fourth year, the Austin Food & Wine Festival seemed to hit its stride. The logistics went smoothly, the lines moved quickly, the food and beverage seminars drew top quality talent to present and the grand tasting had a revamped, more open layout that made it easier to navigate. Even Mother Nature got in …
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Texas wines came to the Austin Food + Wine Festival with a chip on its shoulder. In a Texas Two Sip session led by Devon Broglie, Ray Isle and Craig Collins, Texas wines beat comparative wines from other places around the world. Check out the match ups. ‪#‎TXwines‬
Texas wine has impressed many wine drinkers and critics with its quality. Despite piles of recent awards and accolades, some people still wonder if it tastes as good as similar wine from other regions of the world. Food & Wine Magazine executive wine editor, Ray Isle, and Master Sommeliers, Craig Collins and Devon Broglie, led …
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Advanced Sommelier and beverage director at la V,@Vilma Mazaite held an incredibly informative session on sparkling wine at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. Check out her recommendations.
“My goal is to be successful enough to enjoy rosé Champagne every day at lunch,” says Vilma Mazaite, director of wine at laV. The bubbly Advanced Sommelier introduced 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival attendees to a lovely selection of interesting sparkling wines in her session, “Surprising Sparklers.” Her recommendations included Prosecco from Italy, sparkling …
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Congratulations to Tequila 512 for its amazing "Best in Show" win at the San Francisco Spirits Competition. Lots of great stuff on the horizon for this Austin-based tequila company.
Tequila 512 won an impressive double gold medal and was awarded “Best in Show” at the prestigious 15th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
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Congrats to my client Wedding Oak Winery for winning 6 medals at the TEXSOM International Wine Competition! 
http://weddingoakwinery.com/texsom-awards/#.VRQ22fnF9Dw #wine, #winery  
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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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    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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