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Carlos Santana and Casa Noble

Carlos Santana shares his thoughts on the connection between his own history, Mexico and Casa Noble Tequila.  They don’t call it a “Spirit” for nothing.

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Tequila Aficionado Media 2013

After a long hiatus during growth planning, Tequila Aficionado is expanding its reach.  We aren’t just an online magazine anymore.  In coming months, you’ll see Tequila Aficionado Media expanding its reach into all forms of media: print, electronic, radio, television…

Look for exciting changes; expanded information, services and products; brilliant new articles; insightful new brand reviews; entertaining new episodes of Sipping off the Cuff and much, much more coming soon from www.TequilaAficionado.com: The most comprehensive and informative source for Tequila, Mezcal and Sotol on the internet and in print today.

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The Vancouver International Tequila Expo

03.22.12

The First Annual Vancouver International Tequila Expo (VITE) was announced by Founding Partners Eric Lorenz, Manuel Otero, Mirko Morhac and Darryl Lamb. The event will take place on May 12, 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and is sponsored by Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant and the Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver. Proceeds from the event will benefit the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), the Hospitality Industry’s own charity.

“Tequila is a spirit with a protected Denomination of Origin (D.O.) status like those of Cognac, Armagnac, Single Malt Scotch and Champagne.  It derives from a unique mix of Old World and New World tradition, with centuries if not millennia of rich history in every glass,” said Mr. Lorenz. “Here in British Columbia consumer choice has languished due to minimal diversity of available 100% agave brands, and thus tequila has not yet gained the same reverence or market-share as other world renowned D.O. spirits.  The Vancouver International Tequila Expo is going to elevate the perception of this bold, tradition-laden, world-class spirit in our province.”

Join dozens of tequila producers and brands and hundreds of attendees in an exploration of Mexico’s most famous agave spirit. The General Public is invited to the Grand Tasting Hall on May 12, from 6 PM to 9 PM for an entry fee of $65.00.  Attendees will be able to sample the full lines of well-known brands like Tequila Don Julio & Cabo Wabo Tequila, lesser-known newcomers to the market like T1 Tequila Uno & Tavi Tequila and brands not yet imported to British Columbia such as Azuñia Tequila.

A Trade and Media Tasting will be held on May 12 from 2 PM to 5 PM at the Expo site for a nominal fee. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the BCHF. Tasting Seminars will also be held early on the day of the Expo, for imbibers wishing to learn about the history, culture, and production processes of tequila in Tequila 101, or about the prehistoric precursors to tequila in “Ancient Origins of Agave Spirits”.  As well, Tasting Menus will be featured at a number of participating eateries and cocktail bars around Greater Vancouver.

Further details can be found at www.vancouvertequilaexpo.com.  Tickets go on sale Friday, March 16 at 10 A.M. at www.ticketstonight.ca.  Additional exhibitors, sponsors, seminars, and participating restaurants will be announced as they join the event.  Finally, a Media Cocktail Launch Party is scheduled for April 17 at the Edge Social Grille & Lounge from 3 TO 6 PM.

For media inquiries, please contact Eric Lorenz at 604-836-4319 or email eric@vancouvertequilaexpo.com.

About the Expo: The Vancouver International Tequila Expo was conceived in 2011 and is Western Canada’s largest festival devoted to growing the tequila category and building a strong community of Canadian aficionados of Mexico’s most well-known spirit.

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Tequila Drinkers Are Killing the Environment a Report by M.A. “Mike” Morales

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America’s premier tequila journalist and Tequila Aficionado’s Executive Editor Mike Morales, reveals rumored environmental polluters of Mexico’s Paisaje Agavero (Agave Landscape) in the controversial and hardhitting e-report, Vinazas:  The Corpse of the Spirit of Mexico.
“In 2008, the tequila industry produced 310 million liters of tequila,” reports Morales.  “For every liter of tequila distilled, 10 liters of vinazas (wastewater) is produced.  In 2008, over 2.5 billion liters of vinazas is unaccounted for.”

Vinazas:  The Corpse of the Spirit of Mexico defines that country’s next pandemic—The Vinazas Crisis—as the unconscionable pollution of rivers, streams, arroyos, and land along the Paisaje Agavero (the Agave Landscape) voted a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2006.

“Close to 80 percent of the tequila produced in Mexico is exported into the United States,” explains Morales, “so the key is to make as many tequila consumers aware of the ecological dangers of mass produced tequila.”
Morales’ ambitious goal is to reach 40,000 individuals with Vinazas:  The Corpse of the Spirit of Mexico. 

“Tequila drinkers are killing the environment and they don’t even know it,” Morales continues.  In 2008, the tequila industry produced 310 million liters of tequila. For every liter of tequila distilled, 10 liters of vinazas (wastewater) is produced. In 2008, over 2.5 billion liters of vinazas is unaccounted for.
“It’s urgently important to educate ecologically minded spirits purchasers on these crimes.”

Moreover, this e-reportwill inform readers of the possible solutions to the Vinazas Crisis being used in the race to save the Paisaje Agavero.

“To have the stark beauty of the Highlands and the Lowlands of the Mexican state of Jalisco strangled by a toxic sludge that has reached crisis levels should frighten all of us,” stresses Morales, “from the casual margarita drinker, to the professional mixologist, to the diehard purist.”

Mike Moraleshopesthat the next time you reach for your favorite tequilaat your local liquor store or supermarket that you ask yourself two questions…
Is my brand eco-friendly?  And…
Am I directly contributing to the uncontrolled pollution of the Paisaje Agavero by supporting my brand’s total disregard for the environment?
“It is up to the socially conscious, ecologically minded, environmentally active tequila and/or spirits consumer to up level the catch phrase ‘drink responsibly,’”adds Morales.

“The time has come to not only drink responsibly, but to also think responsibly and act accordingly.”

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To buy your copy of the e-report Vinazas:  The Corpse of the Spirit of Mexico for a mere $2.78, visit http://tequilajournalist.com/?p=72 now!  For shocking photos of vinazas pollution, log onto our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Vinazas.  More info on Mike Morales available at http://about.me/mikemoralestequila  For a passionate, in-depth interview on the Vinazas Crisis, call Mike NOW at 505-681-1422.  Hurry, slots are filling up fast!

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Vinazas: The Environmental Impact of the Growth of the Tequila Industry

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Are tequila drinkers killing the environment?

There is most certainly a negative impact on one of Mexico’s most beautiful environments.

Not all tequila drinkers are contributing to this though.  In fact, by choosing your brands wisely, you will not only have a much better tasting experience, but you’ll be supporting ecologically responsible farming and distilling of this treasured spirit of Mexico.  Click here to read more.

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Tequila Production is Ruining Nearby Land

In the Mexico town of Tequila, Jalisco, where the popular liquor is made, a little-known mess is being made of the land surrounding the distilleries.

For every liter of Tequila produced, ten liters of hot, liquid waste (called vinaza) and five to six kilograms of agave plant remnants (known as bagasse) are illegally disposed of.  Click here to read morein Hispanically Speaking News.

MEXICO: Tequila Leaves Environmental Hangover

MEXICO CITY, Aug 7 2009 (IPS) – Tequila, part of the national identity of Mexico, is invariably present at family celebrations and national holidays. But many are unaware of the bitter taste the tequila industry leaves in the water and soil.  Click here to read more at TerraAmerica.

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