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Women in The Tequila Industry: Jaclyn Jacquez by M.A. “Mike” Morales

Jaclyn Jacquez considers herself an adelita, of sorts. Adelitas were female solders (soldaderas) who were a vital force during the Mexican Revolution in the early 1900s, fighting alongside men.  As President of Don Cuco Sotol, she spearheads a sixth generation  company producing a spirit steeped in 800 years of history. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico […]

Sauza Rescues Women by Dumbing Down and Giving Them Lousy Tequila

Originally posted on April 20, 2013 at I am offended, and with good reason. All week, Beam Global has been talking down to me as though I’m 18 and haven’t a brain in my pretty little head.  Well, I’ve had it! “We’ve taken America’s #1 cocktail and made it even more refreshing by adding […]

The ladies of Salt, Liquor, Lime have fun with Siete Leguas tequila.

Women in the Tequila Industry

Tequila Aficionado Exclusive Series Have you seen Tequila Aficionado’s series on Women in the Tequila Industry by Tequila Journalist, M.A. “Mike” Morales? From Bikini Babes to Boss Ladies The contributions of women who create some of the amazing spirits we enjoy, direct production and distillation, support educational efforts, own brands we love, and otherwise contribute […]

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Women In The Tequila Industry: Carmen Villarreal by M.A. “Mike” Morales

Carmen Alicia Villarreal Treviño, The Original Tequila Boss Lady Carmen Alicia Villarreal Treviño is a legend among Tequila Boss Ladies.  In fact, she is the original Tequila Boss Lady. To date, she is the only female tequila distillery owner, taking the reins of Casa San Matías soon after the tragic death of her husband in […]

Sophie Decobecq among the agave.

Women In The Tequila Industry: Sophie Decobecq by M. A. “Mike” Morales

No list of Tequila Boss Ladies would be complete without mentioning the likeable and charismatic Sophie Decobecq, creator of the award winning Calle 23 Tequila. Aside from her wacky sense of humor where marketing her tequila is concerned (‘Tequila makes us smarter. So, drink smart” is one of her favorite slogans), Sophie has a unique […]

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Women In The Tequila Industry: Ana Valenzuela by M.A. “Mike” Morales

We continue our Women In The Tequila Industry series with arguably the most recognizable Tequila Boss Lady in the business– Dr. Ana Valenzuela. Apart from her many accomplishments (briefly summarized in our article, Tequila Boss Ladies), Ana is also the founder of Signo Tequila, a non-profit organization established in 2007 and dedicated to educating the […]

Cecilia Norman, Communications Manager for the non-profit Tequila Interchange Project.

Women In The Tequila Industry: Cecilia Norman by M.A. “Mike” Morales

We continue our series of Women In The Tequila Industry with Cecilia Norman, Communication Manager for the Tequila Interchange Project, a non-profit organization and consumer advocacy group for tequila. We asked Ceci and other prominent women leading the charge for change in the Tequila Industry and beyond a short list of questions.  As you’ll read, it hasn’t been all margaritas and […]

Romero Mena in the agave fields.

Women In The Tequila Industry: Ana Maria Romero Mena by M.A. “Mike” Morales

In the 2010 industry classic special report entitled Tequila Appreciation for USA Today, it listed five tequila trends to watch.  Here, we’re focusing on one of them… The role of women in the tequila industry. The report predicted that more women, in particular Latina/Hispanic women with family ties to agave growers and tequila producers, would […]

Last Tequila Standing: Sal del Mar

Sal Del Mar IT ALL STARTED WITH ……A GRAIN OF SALT. After I left my job as editor of a home and garden magazine a few years ago, I met a great guy, fell in love, got married and moved to Mexico.  I soon realized I had actually moved to “paradise,” a small beach town […]

Tequila, Past and Present by Alain Romero

Originally published in Tequila Aficionado in 2003 Did someone mention tequila? !Dios nos agarre confesados! Since when has tequila become a spirit for the upper class, something to write about? Everyone knows that tequila is a low grade spirit, appropriate para la gente pobre, peones, mecapaleros, railroad workers, boxers, eclectic writers, artists that charge by […]