The Education of a Tequila Drinker – Ladies Talk

About The Education of Tequila Drinkers As with any education, we understand that not everyone gets it completely correct the first time out.  Every tequila aficionado has experienced a learning curve.  If you’re new to tequila, understand that it is a complex spirit and takes time and experience to fully appreciate.  If you’re a long-time … Read more

The Education of a Tequila Drinker: Destilando Amor

You’re probably wondering what a telenovella has to do with the Education of a Tequila Drinker.  Well, I’ll tell you.  But first, a bit of backstory: I’m not a follower of network soap operas.  Yes, I cut my teeth on As the World Turns and Guiding Light because my mother watched them.  This is how … Read more

The Education of a Tequila Drinker: Varietals

Originally posted on December 29, 2012 at For those of you who may not have noticed, I’m a pretty big fan of tequila.  To me, it is a food group!  It is also a topic that my brother and I will discuss at great length and provides a special connection for siblings who live … Read more

The Education of a Tequila Drinker

Coming soon to Tequila Aficionado: The Education of a Tequila Drinker Exclusive to Tequila Aficionado: one woman’s long journey from making poor choices at the liquor store and shooting mixtos to becoming a 100% agave Tequila Aficionado. AFICIONADO: a·fi·ci·o·na·do əˌfiSH(ē)əˈnädō,əˌfisyə-/ noun noun: aficionado; plural noun: aficionados 1. a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic … Read more

Jose Cuervo Black & The Education of a Tequila Drinker

Hello, As you know Jose Cuervo quit making their Black Medallion label product. Could you recommend a close match that I can get here in Tennessee? The description: Jose Cuervo Black Color:        Deep Amber Hue Aroma:    Toasted oak, cinnamon, red apple, cocoa, coffee Flavor:    Sweet, toasted oak, subtle agave notes Finish:    Warm … Read more

Knowledge and Education of Tequila Consumers

Clayton and Kent discuss the level of tequila consumer knowledge and education in the Pacific Northwest for Never miss and article or review again – Subscribe now! * indicates required Email Address * Email Format html text View previous newsletters. Learn all about tequila from field to glass and then get paid to share … Read more

The Anatomy of Mezcal de Pechuga Recipe Development

Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. How are incarnations of recipes of mezcal de pechuga developed, regardless of whether or not the agave distillate is registered as certified? Many comedians and writers keep a pen and note pad on their night tables, enabling them to jot down ideas anytime during the night. They often awake at 3 … Read more

Mezcal is Good For The Soul

Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D., photos courtesy of Spike Mafford Photography Visitors who come to Oaxaca for the purpose of sampling and buying mezcal, for learning about the culture of palenqueros and their families, and for a plethora of other reasons, periodically comment on changes observed over the past several years. Things are rather different today … Read more

How to Choose a Brand of Mezcal to Buy

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. What is your favorite brand of mezcal doing, if anything, to support the local economy of the town(s) or village(s) where the agave distillate is being produced. Beyond purchasing product? Does it donate to the worthiest of Mexican charities, and if so to what extent? Some brands do the right … Read more

Successful Tour Guide Series: The Commission Conundrum

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. You’re a tour guide, teacher, driver or other service provider. You are getting paid to take people around to Mexican spirits producers distilling sotol, mezcal, tequila, raicilla or bacanora, or more recently rum and whiskey. You’ve calculated your worth, or determined what the market will bear, or perhaps considered charging … Read more

How to Get Paid to Drink Tequila:

How you can turn your passion into profits and get paid to drink tequila as a blogger, vlogger, podcaster or author