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Mark Rashap, WFFT's Director of Wine Education, gives you his best tips for making the most of this year's Grand Tasting.

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Check out some highlights from Mark and Paul's trip from South Australia!

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We are excited to travel to South Australia and invite you to follow along!

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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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Stephanie Simpson, President of the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas Board of Directors, has been a member of WFFT since 2013 and a member of the Board and Executive Committee since 2014. Simpson is the Vice President of the Texas Association of Manufacturers where she oversees the operations and legislative affairs, and runs the Manufacturers Political Action Committee of Texas (MPACT). She was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Abilene, KS. She attended Kansas State University for her undergraduate degree and earned her MBA at St. Edwards University in Austin. We asked Simpson to share her favorite things about wine, food, and WFFT with us. Enjoy!

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Mark Rashap, WFFT's Director of Wine Education, explains the ins and outs of Bordeaux Futures.

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WFFT member and donor, Travis Weige, found beauty in the details when he made the switch from online media sales to knife making...and he's in high demand by your favorite chefs!

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Each year, WFFT chooses a community non-profit making a big impact in the area of health and wellness. For the past two years, we have chosen to recognize Urban Roots, asking our auction guests to help us support their amazing work through the event's Bottles Up. This year's Bottles Up was so successful, we were able to present a grant to Urban Roots for $42,450!

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We are excited to host our summer Cellar Salon at Antonelli's Cheese House with a focus on Grower Champagne. To prepare our members for this unique evening, Mark Rashap, WFFT's Director of Wine Education, shares the ins and outs of Grower Champagne!

This helpful primer for Grower Champagne (aka Farmer Fizz or Recoltant Manipulant in French) will help you in your appreciation and selection.

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Members and guests recently joined us to taste a variety of dry Rieslings, perfect for a hot summer day. It was a great opportunity to focus on one varietal and learn from Mark Rashap as he shared spectacular bottles from all over the world - even a few donated by a member and not easily available!

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WFFT's Director of Wine Education takes us inside Rosé - the best wine to keep you cool throughout the hot summer months in Texas.

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Wimberley shop owner channels the oldest winery in the Western Hemisphere and fulfills a dream.

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Learn more about The Driskill Grill's newest chef, Christian Apetz, and his favorite foodie treats!

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WFFT's Director of Wine Education describes his philosophy on how wine education can elevate your enjoyment of wine.

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Chef Michael Paley reveals his love for his family and a few favorite indulgences!

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Josh Fritsche of William Chris Wines discusses the great epiphany that led him into the world of Texas wine and the birth of Tatum Cellars.

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Toast & Roast 2016

2016 brought big changes to Texas Monthly’s “Top Texas Wines of the Year.” Writer and Certified Sommelier Jessica Dupuy, who has been compiling the Top Texas Wines of the Year list for 6 years, discusses why she decided it was time expand the efforts from a yearly list to quarterly.

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Learn what foods Kevin can't get enough of, his family's faves and more!

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Chuck Wagner of Caymus Vineyards has spent his life in the vineyards of Rutherford, near the center of Napa Valley, steering his family’s business from its earliest beginnings to the present day.

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