It isn’t easy to find the perfect gift, but Austin-based Personal Wine may have cracked the code. From highend Champagne to budget-friendly Pinot Grigio, these gifts are sure to please. And don’t forget to check out the miniature bottles of prosecco with striped straws! “For the past 18 years, Personal Wine has exemplified the meaning of giving the ‘perfect gift,” says Alex Andrawes, founder and chairman of Personal Wine. “What sets our company apart from other wine gift companies is that our product is a two-part gift: high-end wine and Champagne with an exceptional taste, along with a beautifully designed custom bottle that will serve as a timeless memory.”

All Personal Wine bottles can be customized with labels featuring images and text, so corporate or event branding is a breeze. To top it off, engraved wooden boxes or wine glasses are also available to accompany personalized wine bottles. Corporate gift-givers will love the ability to knock out an entire client list at once. Personal Wine will ship personalized gifts individually, and dates can even be set far in advance. 


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Texas Meetings + Events reached out to three of Texas’s favorite emcees. They shared with us how they got where they are—and what they’re doing now—along with some sage advice.


Built at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie’s at Green Pastures was once the estate of Henry and Martha “Mattie” Miner Faulk. In 1946, Faulk’s daughter Mary and Mary’s husband Chester Koock opened the fine dining restaurant Green Pastures at the address, and over the years, they hosted lavish parties and grand occasions for celebrities, governors and visiting dignitaries. Mary Koock also catered many parties at the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch.