Drinking

  (map) What better way to celebrate Texas Independence than all month long? And with $1 Lone Star beer? Starting March 1st, Rudy’s Bar-B-Q does just that. Cheers! Rudy’s Bar-B-Q website

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(map) Next Saturday the 28th is Spicewood Vineyards’ 7th annual chili cookoff. $20 gets you a chili-tasting wristband, as well as a souvenir glass of Spicewood’s Cabernet Claret. Judges will decide which chili pairs best with the claret and the competition gets plenty hot! From 1 to 6 pm, with live music and food trucks. Find [...]

Sweet! From restaurants and wineries to shindigs in Luckenbach, all kinds of Valentine’s events are taking place out West. Just click on the links below for more info. Note: Most places say reservations are a MUST.

(map) The ultimate way to toast your Valentine’s Day may be this ‘rita from Iron Cactus. Dubbed “Vision for Valentine’s,” the drink is crafted from Patron Platinum, Grand Marnier Centenaire and freshly squeezed lime juice. But what sets it apart is what’s served on the side: A sparkling pair of earrings designed by Zoltan David, [...]

The Austin Chronicle just published “First Plates,” their annual Best Restaurants list. Five of those mentioned are out West, including Jack Allen’s Kitchen, The League and Pieous. Read more about the list here.

“Texas by the Book” is the theme for this fancy gourmet dinner at the famous Cabernet Grill in Fredericksburg. Friday, February 27, they’ll be serving up six courses of the finest Hill Country cuisine, paired with six of Texas’ best wines. Winemakers will be on hand from Grape Creek Vineyards, Texas Hills Vineyard, Duchman Family [...]

This special Valentine’s event from the Texas Hill Country wineries starts Friday, February 6th and runs through Sunday the 22nd. (See more info about the trail here.) Ticket-holders get a special box of chocolates created to pair with red and white wines, then hit the trail for free tastes at

(map) Every Friday is Tour Day at this 18-year-old craft brewery in Blanco. While you wait for your tour, there’s plenty of beer sampling to be had from an ever-changing menu. Above, this Devil’s Backbone Tripel really hit the spot. You can sample beers

(map) The little town where “everybody’s somebody” hosts its 8th annual blues fest on Saturday, January 24. Headliners are Mike Zito and Dan Dyer. Starting at noon, the festival will be a full day of nonstop music by Guy Forsyth, Mike Farris, Clay McClinton, and more. Beer, wine, barbecue and burgers will be available. Tickets, $30 [...]

(map) Two reasons to visit this new winery: Texas Monthly wine writer Jessica Dupuy recently named Fall Creek’s GSM wine one of the top ten reds in Texas. And they’ve just opened this gorgeous location closer to Austin. Located in Driftwood directly across from the Salt Lick


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