Impress Your Date with These Wine Pairings

Sandra Spalding, Director of Marketing at Twin Liquors, has created a handy wine and cocktail pairings guide that includes some of Valentine’s Day’s most popular dishes. Sandra expertly chose a variety of wines with palates perfect for bringing out the best in decadent dishes. All featured French wines are available for purchase at Twin Liquors with 20% off when you purchase two or more bottles.

Rib Eye Steak – Left Bank Bordeaux Rouge

Generally Cabernet based, this hearty red has enough tannin to cut through the fat of the beef, while offering a rich, dark, fruity taste.

Truffle Mac and Cheese – Red Burgundy, Pinot Noir

A perfect accompaniment to any dish with earthy flavors, while it still has enough acidity to balance the fattiness of the cheese.

Seared Scallops with a Citrus Reduction – White Burgundy, French Chardonnay

Go for a rich, luscious French Chardonnay like a Côtes du Beaune. These wines will have enough weight to stand up to the richness of the scallops while delivering an acidity to match a citrus sauce.

Caviar & Oysters – Champagne or Martini

Sparkling wine is our favorite for most occasions, but when there are oysters involved, we always go either martini, sparkling or both!

Cheese Fondue/Cheese Board – Côtes du Rhône or Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Wines like these offer big fruit and big tannin that balances the fat and tang in the cheese. This pairing is like cheese and wine holding hands.

Chocolate Pot de Crème – Minervois

Rhone varietals offer great, bright fruit and just enough tannin to cut through the richness of the chocolate without enhancing the bitterness.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake – Rosé Champagne or Cremant D’Alsace Rosé

Need we explain?

Twin Liquors Raffling Off a Chance to Purchase Rare Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 12 Year Bourbon

Winner Will Take Home Highly Sought After Bourbon at a Great Price

Twin Liquors is raffling off the opportunity to purchase a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 12 Year Bourbon, a spirit so scarce it can be sold for up to $1,500. However, starting December 18th, Pappy Van Winkle fans can enter a contest to have the opportunity to purchase a bottle at Twin Liquors for only $149.99.

To qualify, download the Twin Liquors app and create an account, enabling push-notifications. Those who already have the app should ensure their account is current with push notifications enabled in order to qualify. The contest will run from December 18 through December 31; one winner will be announced by January 4 through the app. The winner must be 21 or older and will need to purchase the bottle through the Twin Liquors online shopping cart and pick it up in person at a Twin Liquors Austin location.

Tuesday, December 18 – Monday, December 31, 2018

Twin Liquors App; See official rules here


Born and raised in downtown Austin, Texas, Twin Liquors began as one small store and has emerged into a successful, homegrown Austin company that has a reputation throughout the United States for having impeccable team members, outstanding customer service, conveniently located stores, extensive selections of fine wines and premium spirits from around the world, and substantial community involvement. Known for its associates’ vast knowledge and friendly service, Twin Liquors currently operates more than 90 neighborhood stores in Central Texas and continues to grow to meet the response of its dedicated customers. For more information on Twin Liquors, visit Follow on Facebook at @TwinLiquorsFan and on Instagram @TwinLiquors.

Summer Cocktails for White Wine Drinkers

In preparation for summer, Twin Liquors has crafted a menu of three cocktails perfect for wine drinkers, giving them the tastes they prefer but the refreshment they’ll need.

Classic Martini

Classic Martini

The Classic Martini is for the white wine drinkers who like crisp aromatic wines such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris. Created with one part London Dry Gin plus one part Dry Vermouth and garnished with a lemon twist, this iconic cocktail is the perfect option for a crisp summer evening sip.

Classic Lime Daiquiri

Classic Lime Daiquiri

For the white wine drinkers who like sweet, dry, acidic and aromatic whites such as a Riesling, the Classic Lime Daiquiri is the perfect cocktail of choice. Using an Aged Rum with simple syrup and lime juice for a balance of sweet and tart, you’ll create a cocktail that’s ideal for an afternoon by the pool.

Sweet Violet Aviation Cocktail

Sweet Violet Aviation Cocktail

But for white wine drinkers who enjoy perfumed wines such as a Gewürztraminer, the Aviation is a must-try cocktail. To parallel the noticeable fragrances, use an aromatic Gin combined with Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, fresh lemon juice and Créme de Violette for the perfect Aviation that’s sure to take you to new (summery) heights.

You can view Twin Liquor’s “Cocktails for White Wine Drinkers” blog post here.

Derby & Rosé Event at Twin Liquors: DIY Floral Bouquets, Rosé, Mint Juleps

We are excited to share that Twin Liquors, in partnership with Maker’s Mark and The Flower Social, is hosting a special DIY Derby & Rosé event at their South Lamar Marketplace next week.
On Thursday, May 3rd from 5-8pm, Twin will celebrate the glamour and traditions of the upcoming Kentucky Derby with featured rosés, a Mint Julep 101 demonstration and hands-on floral bouquet workshop with Austin’s ‘Flower Chick’, Mel Frontino of The Flower Social. In conjunction with the event, Twin will be hosting a sale on rosé and Bourbon Whiskey just in time for your Derby celebrations.

The event is free and open to the public, with no RSVP required. Details below:Who: Twin Liquors in partnership with Maker’s Mark and The Flower SocialWhen: Thursday, May 3rd from 5-8pm

Where: Twin Liquors South Lamar Marketplace | 4001 S Lamar BlvdAustin, TX 78704

What: Twin Liquors’ DIY Derby & Rosé event with featured rosés, Mint Julep 101 demonstration and flower bouquet hands-on workshop with Mel the ‘Flower Chick’.

Easter-Inspired Wine Pairing Ideas

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Sandra Spalding, Director of Marketing at Twin Liquors, has created a handy spring wine pairings menu just in time for this weekend’s celebrations. Sandra expertly chose a variety of wines with palates perfect for picnic spreads, patio parties and sit down dinner entrees. All featured wines, from ports to rosés, are available for purchase at Twin Liquors.

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STARTER – Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port $$

Pour 2 – 3 oz. in a glass filled with ice, and top with tonic and a hearty squeeze of lemon. Garnish with mint, orange slices and cherries, and it’ll be the best alternative to Sangria!

SALAD NICOISE – Sean Minor 4 Bears Chardonnay $

This Central California Coast Chardonnay has aromatic notes of apricot and honeydew, gentle notes of butter, and green apple and pear flavors that provide a refreshing finish.

SPRING ROLLS – Mud House Sauvignon Blanc $

At first sip, the front palate will be greeted with fresh melon, citrus and grapefruit flavors followed by crisp acidity allowing for a long mouth-watering finish.

PASTA with GREEN VEGGIES – Côté Mas Rosé $

Made in Languedoc-Roussillon, France, this rosé offers notes of cherry and strawberry with a smooth yet rich, decadent flavor of ripe red fruit and well-balanced acidity.

BEET SALAD – Chandon Sparkling Red $$

With combined flavors of plum, black cherry and sweet cranberry, and hints of cocoa, bergamot orange and spice, this full-bodied sparkling red invigorates the palate.

PICNIC PARTY – Shania Monastrell Box Wine, 3 Liter $$

This wine sports cassis and blueberry flavors and an intense deep red cherry color with fine tannins and acidity that provide a long, savory finish – all from a box!

ROASTED PORK LOIN OR LEG OF LAMB – I Veroni Chianti Rufina $$

With ripe red fruit aromas, this medium-bodied, dry Italian red is the perfect companion for traditional Tuscan red meat, game and poultry dishes.

GRILLED CHOPS OR VEGGIES – Acheval Ferrer Argentinian Malbec $$

Made from a variety of Mendoza grapes, this Malbec will greet a nose and palate with fresh notes of blackberry, raspberry and violets, and its silky tannins provide a lengthy finish.

EVERYTHING – Taittinger Brut La Francaise $$$

Made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this wine is unique due to its higher proportion of Chardonnay grape than other non-vintage champagnes and its extended aging process. With its aromatic maturity, this champagne is characterized by its delicate aromas of peach, white flowers, vanilla and brioche notes, and its fresh fruit and honey tones.

PATIO PARTY BUFFET—Palo Duro Canyon TX Sauv Blanc or Zinfandel $

Texas tried and true – both of these wines pair beautifully with an array of spring fare. The Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and fresh, and the Red Zinfandel is packed with luscious fruit flavors.

Twin Liquors Matching Donations For Hurricane Harvey Relief

Fine Wine and Spirits Retailer to Match Up to $20,000 of Customer Donations

Twin Liquors, Central Texas’s fine wine and spirits retailer, today announced it will hold a flood relief campaign in support of those displaced or affected by Hurricane Harvey. From Wednesday, Aug. 30 to Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, the retailer is accepting donations and offering to match customer donations up to $20,000.

“It’s very important for us to support those in need and we want to do everything we can to provide relief to the storm-torn communities and families of Texas,” said Margaret Jabour, Vice President of Twin Liquors. “We encourage customers to come out and support those affected by this devastating hurricane.”

 From Wednesday, Aug. 30 through Saturday, Sept. 9, any of the 80+ Twin Liquors neighborhood locations will be accepting donations in quantities of $1.00, $3.00, $5.00 or more in an effort to support flood victims. 100 percent of all donations will go to the American Red Cross to help the affected Texas neighborhoods. In addition to customer contributions, Twin Liquors will match up to $20,000.

“We launched a matching campaign after the 2015 Memorial Day floods and saw an overwhelming customer response. It is humbling to see our customers and neighborhoods take care of each other,” said David Jabour, President of Twin Liquors. “It allowed us as a community to donate $20,000. We are confident that once again we can reach our goal as a community to support our Texans in the next few weeks.”

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Twin Liquors Hosts 80th Anniversary Dollar Sale

Fine Wine and Spirits Retailer Offering Deals at Rock-Bottom Prices

Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, Twin Liquors, Central Texas’s fine wine and spirits retailer, is pleased to announce its 80th Anniversary Dollar Sale, offering incredible deals on wine and spirits.

Thursday, August 24 – Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Dollar Sale will take place at all 85 Twin Liquors locations. To locate the store nearest you, visit

Twin Liquors 80th Anniversary Dollar Sale will feature steep discounts on 750 ml bottles of wine and spirits, as well as select beer bombers and large-format bottles: prices will drop down to rock-bottom plus a dollar.

Shoppers can look forward to rock-bottom prices on collectible wines, rare whiskies and cocktail spirits.

Please consume alcohol responsibly.

History of Mint Julep

As Published by Cocktail Times (

No Kentucky Derby would be complete without the venerable Mint Julep on the first Saturday in May. According to the Derby Museum, Mint Julep became Churchill Downs’ signature drink in 1938 when they started to serve the drink in souvenir glasses for 75 cents a drink. Today Kentucky Derby serves more than 80,000 juleps over the two-day event. Mint Julep first appeared in print in 1803 described as a “dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning.” Some historians say Mint Julep was born in the early 1700s somewhere in east coast. First Mint Juleps weren’t perhaps mixed with Bourbon, rather rye whiskey or rum or other available spirits. Chris Morris from Woodford Reserve Bourbon says “Centuries ago, there was an Arabic drink called julab, made with water and rose petals. The beverage had a delicate and refreshing scent that people thought would instantly enhance the quality of their lives.” When the julab was introduced to the Mediterranean region, the native population replaced the rose petals with mint, a plant indigenous to the area. The Mint Julep, as it was now called, grew in popularity throughout Europe. Mint Julep’s popularity came to rest in the agricultural regions of the east and southeast, where farmers awakened at dawn. Morris says the julep was originally a morning drink as the spirited equivalent of coffee in today’s society. “One sip and Pow! The farmers were ready to face the long day.” The main ingredient of the Mint Julep is Bourbon Whiskey. “The biggest change for the julep was the addition of American whiskey to the recipe,” says Morris. “The julep was quickly transformed into a mixture of water, sugar, mint leaves, and good American whiskey.” For an extensive reading of Mint Julep, there’s a great small book titled The Kentucky Mint Julep written by Joe Nickell.  This book covers everything you want to know about the Derby’s official drink, from various Mint Julep recipes to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Twin Liquors in Austin, Texas Share’s It’s Recipe Official drink of the Kentucky Derby over which many have passionately debated in its formulation. You will see many variations, right and wrong. Whatever your technique though, the ingredients remain the same.

  • .5oz Simple Syrup
  • 2 Sprigs of Mint
  • 2oz Bourbon

Gently bruise one sprig of mint in bottom of glass with simple syrup. Add 1oz of bourbon and fill glass with crushed ice. Stir until glass is frosty. Add remainder of bourbon to glass and fill with crushed ice. Stir until frosty. Spank remaining spring of mint and place in glass. Serve with straw.

Rosé, Derby Parties and More From Twin Liquors

We’re pleased to share news about a few events coming to Twin Liquors next month with respect to Derby Day.
Run For The Rosé – Wednesday, May 3 
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Twin Liquors gears up for Derby Day by celebrating with rosé, featuring up to 20 rosé wines and special guests Charles Bieler and Dina Mondavi.
Hancock Center Marketplace location
1000 E. 41st Street, Suite 810
Derby Preview Party – Thursday, May 4
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Twin Liquors is kicking off Derby Day in style with a Derby Day preview party at the Round Rock Marketplace location, featuring mint juleps and other whiskey cocktails, a best dressed awards and more derby fun.
Round Rock Marketplace location
210 University Blvd., Ste 120