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Mark Rashap, CWE, gives us some tips for wine travel through Portugal.

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Mark Rashap, CWE, tells us why he thinks Champagne is still the king of sparkling.

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Mark Rashap, CWE, offers up some Thanksgiving wine pairing recommendations that will take you beyond the typical Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and California Zinfandel.

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Many of our WFFT members relished the opportunity to get to know Chef Pablo at the Austin Wine Experience's "A Conversation on Spanish Food & Wine - Traditional & Modern Styles" session or have enjoyed a visit to South Austin's El Chipirón where he is the Executive Chef. If you haven't tried this talented chef's delicious Spanish cuisine, get to know him better in this month's Chef Spotlight. And, then, run (don't walk!) to El Chipirón to try it for yourself.

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Our wine loving members are often looking for restaurant options that allow them to bring their own wines from their collection to enjoy when dining out. While they don't publish the information, several restaurants allow this with a small corkage fee. We've compiled the following list for our Epicurean and Connoisseur members.

This corkage list is members only content. To access the list, login to your membership account. For information on joining or upgrading your membership, visit our Become a Member page .

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Coming from Dallas, Cane Rosso has been serving up pizza in South Austin for a little over a year. A welcome addition to the neighborhood, Chef JJ crafts unique pizzas and other delicious bites – all combined with a great cocktail, beer, and wine menu. And, of course, dogs are welcome on their lovely patio! Check out some of Chef JJ’s favorite things, including his most memorable meal.

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SAKE TASTING

Mark Rashap, WFFT's Director of Wine Education, tells us why we - as wine lovers - should jump on the saké bandwagon.

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Callie Speer, a longtime favorite of the Austin restaurant scene, has brought us Holy Roller. Described as being “inspired by the spirit of punk rock with a hint of religious kitsch, we're putting out nostalgic food with a bit of whimsy, from early morning until late night,” this new downtown gem is worthy of a visit…soon! Get to know Callie a little better, as she shares some of her favorites with us…

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Patio Dolcetto is a gorgeous indoor/outdoor wine, beer and art lounge situated in a meticulously remodeled near 100-year-old home on historic Cheatham Street not far from downtown San Marcos, Texas. It opened in October of 2015 and is the culmination of the vision of two wine loving childhood friends who attended Texas State University in San Marcos.

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With all the buzz surrounding the reopening of Green Pastures and it's fresh new restaurant, Mattie's, we took the opportunity to check in with their Executive Chef, Joshua Thomas, to find out his guilty pleasures and the one food he can't live without!

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