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Why Now, Mezcal: The Lone Ranger Rides Again

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. The branding of Kimo Sabe mezcal is brilliant.  Perhaps not since the mid 90s when Ron Cooper coined the phrase Single Village Mezcal for his Mezcal del Maguey, has anyone used a name so effectively to attract a particular demographic in the alcohol buying public. Back then it was a […]

Sipping off the Cuff with Santo Diablo Mezcal

From the Santo Diablo Mezcal Website: Endlessly Intriguing. Purely Sensuous. Unequivocally the world’s best and arguably the only Mezcal that your lips will ever crave again. Santo Diablo is heating up L.A.’s trendiest nightclubs and bars this July and then, taking the U.S. by storm this Fall, one sip at a time. Join the  revolution. What will Santo […]

Tequila Aficionado’s Tequila & Mezcal Road Show, Part 2

[From October 14 to October 28, 2015, Tequila Aficionado Media, accompanied by 33 expressions representing 19 brands, embarked on an epic RV road show christened, The Dia de los Muertos Tequila & Mezcal Tour.  In these next passages, we recount the historic–and hysteric–highlights.] Inspired In Albuquerque With the help of Mezcal Legendario Domingo, Lisa and […]

Oaxacan “Vintage” Chango Mezcaleros Makes a Comeback

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. For a half century if not longer, the state of Oaxaca has been known for its mezcal, in the US, and to a lesser extent further abroad.  The region’s pre-Hispanic ruins, colonial architecture, cuisine and craft villages have been noted in travelogues and guide books for some time; but recently […]

Tequila Aficionado’s Open Bar with Mestizo Mezcal

Join Mike Morales and Lisa Pietsch of Tequila Aficionado as they discuss Mestizo Mezcal with the creators of this award winning gateway mezcal. Save Mezcal! Click Here to Sign the Petition Against Nom 199 Save Mezcal! Sign the Petition Against Nom 199 Click To Tweet From the Mestizo Mezcal Website: Our Brand The name of […]

NOM 199 Will Bring the Tequila & Mezcal Apocalypse

[This editorial (with my comments) is inspired by the following video on the dastardly NOM 199 currently in review in Mexico.  Please, take a few moments to view this easy-to-follow video, then, feel free to share it among your friends, family, colleagues and cohorts. Afterwards, go here to sign the petition and unifying statement against […]

2015 Brands of Promise Nominees: Mezcal

  See the 2015 Nominees for Brands of Promise in the Mezcal category and what we thought of them.     Who would you vote for?  Leave a comment and let us know. Don’t Miss It: LIVE 2015 Tequila Aficionado Brands of Promise Award Show We’ll be presenting our 3rd Annual Tequila Aficionado Brands of […]

Tequila Aficionado’s Tequila & Mezcal Road Show, Part I

[From October 14 to October 28, 2015, Tequila Aficionado Media, accompanied by 33 expressions representing 19 brands, embarked on an epic RV road show christened, The Dia de los Muertos Tequila & Mezcal Tour.  In these next passages, we recount the historic–and hysteric–highlights. You can also view a complete video playlist of our adventures on […]

Sipping Off The Cuff: Gracias a Dios Mezcal Espadin Reposado

Gracias a Dios Mezcal Gracias a Dios is a double distilled mezcal, 100% artisanal, handmade with “piñas” from espadín agave and other varieties, ground and fermented in our own palenque in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, honoring fair trade with the help of maestro mezcalero Oscar Hernández Santiago.With a strong, aromatic and balanced flavor, this spirit is […]

Sipping Off The Cuff: Gracias a Dios Mezcal Espadin Joven

About Gracias a Dios Mezcal Gracias a Dios is a double distilled mezcal, 100% artisanal, handmade with “piñas” from espadín agave and other varieties, ground and fermented in our own palenque in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, honoring fair trade with the help of maestro mezcalero Oscar Hernández Santiago.With a strong, aromatic and balanced flavor, this spirit […]