Is Your Mezcal a “Craft Spirit?”

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. Is your favorite mezcal or agave distillate a craft spirit? In this opinion piece I attempt to refrain from using brand names of mezcals we tend to consider being traditionally produced (i.e. ancestral or artesanal). The reader, after reviewing the following, will likely be able to place particular mezcals along … Read more

Tequila vs Mezcal: The Director’s Cut

Skepticism and Terror In early June 2017, I was interviewed via email by VinePair’s conscientious staff writer, Nickolaus Hines, on whether I thought that mezcal could “…Grow its way to the Mainstream Without Losing its Roots.” Skepticism usually sets in whenever we’re approached for quotes by writers attempting to compose complex articles about the plight … Read more

Congratulations to the 2015 Sip Award Winners

NEWPORT BEACH, California, June 30TH 2015 – Eighty seven consumer spirit enthusiasts gathered at the waterfront Balboa Bay Resort on May 31, 2015 to participate in the 7th annual consumer based spirits competition. The 2015 SIP Awards comprised of 423 brands from all over the globe competing for rank at the impartial mercy of consumer based blind-tasting. The … Read more