Women In the Mezcal Industry: Barbara Sweetman

The First Time Barbara Sweetman has single handedly given more people in the world their first taste of mezcal. Click To Tweet I first met Barbara Sweetman, Vice President of Caballeros, Inc., and International Sales Manager of Scorpion Mezcal, and now, Sierra Norte Whiskies in March 2011. I was visiting the infamous Nightclub & Bar … Read more

Women In The Tequila Industry: Terray Glasman

Terray Glasman is the founder of Austin, Texas-based Amorada Tequila. Born in Mexico City, Terray learned the meaning of responsibility very early on. At age seven, she and her five other siblings moved to El Paso, Texas with their single mother.  At eighteen, her entrepreneurial spirit drove her to establish a telecommunications company, Monarch Advertising, … Read more

Women In the Tequila Industry: Erika Vargas Flores

Erika Vargas Flores has spearheaded Altos Cienega Unidos (NOM 1570) in the village of Rancho Lagunillas, nestled in Atotonilco El Alto, for the past four years. When upstart flagship brand, El Consuelo, won the coveted 2016 Brands Of Promise(C) award in the Organic category, tequila aficionados everywhere took notice. Subsequently, we came to discover that … Read more

Women In The Tequila Industry: Leticia Aceves Alvarez

Women In The Tequila Industry: Leticia Aceves Alvarez of @EmbajadorTquila Click To Tweet I first met Carmen Leticia Aceves Alvarez in July 2016, during my investigative visit to Fabrica Santa Rosa.  The distillery is responsible for such fan favorite tequilas as Alma de Agave, Crótalo, Cabresto, and their flagship brand, Embajador. At a round table … Read more

Women In The Tequila Industry | Anahí Rivera

*FTC Disclosure: Brands appearing on the Tequila Aficionado Dia de Los Muertos & Heartland Tour had to be vetted as Brand of Promise Nominees and paid a nominal fee to be on the tour. Meet the lady who single-handedly regained Tequila 1921’s traction in 34 states. Click To Tweet Building Casa 1921 One of the … Read more

From Babes to Boss Ladies: Women & Tequila

Tequila Aficionado Exclusive Series We’ve had a special place in our hearts for the unsung heroines and muses in tequila for a very long time.  After reading Ilana Edelstein’s The Patron Way, Mike & I felt it was time someone brought other women’s stories to light – and what better place to do that than … Read more

Women In The Tequila Industry: Melly Barajas

When Judy Rivera sought to make her own brand of tequila, she was determined to find a master distiller whose views and outlook were similar to hers.  It wasn’t long before she found Carmen Lucia Barajas Cárdenas–“Melly” to her friends–and Sino Tequila was born. Melly Barajas always intended to be a Tequila Boss Lady.  After … Read more

Women In The Tequila Industry: Judy Rivera

Judy Rivera, the latest Tequila Boss Lady to join our gallery, has figured out how to combine acute LA street smarts, a fearless entrepreneurial spirit, and artistic ingenuity into her Sino Tequila brand. A staunch women’s rights advocate, Judy contracted with a small, 100% female owned and operated distillery in the highlands of Jalisco–Vinos y Licores … Read more

Women In The Tequila Industry: Kim Brandi

No other Tequila Boss Lady to date inspires more compassion and empathy from women, colleagues, and tequila connoisseurs alike than Kim Brandi. Although surrounded by swirling controversy from constant legal–and very public–battles over the much sought after juice and painted skulls of her brainchild, KAH–Day of the Dead Tequila, she continues to move forward. This … Read more

Women In the Mezcal Industry: Karla Amtmann

With the burgeoning mezcal trend in full bloom throughout the world, a new kind of Boss Lady has also emerged. One who is not only willing to navigate the big business of spirits brand ownership, but is also courageous enough to nurture the delicate balance between successfully marketing her own mezcal and preserving a way … Read more