[An urgent text message about Kosher tequilas from an agave beverage manager at a thriving new bar in New York City, and the resulting questions raised from research into this misunderstood market from all points–tequila and mezcal brand owners, consumers, and rabbinical representatives of the Jewish faith–prompted me to finally discuss the positive, often flawed, and vastly under served kosher tequila … Read more The BIG Business of Kosher Tequila, Part II
[An urgent text message about Kosher tequilas from an agave beverage manager at a thriving new bar in New York City, and the resulting questions raised from research into this misunderstood market from all points–tequila and mezcal brand owners, consumers, and rabbinical representatives of the Jewish faith–prompted me to finally discuss the positive, often flawed, and vastly under served kosher tequila … Read more The BIG Business of Kosher Tequila, Part I
Join Tequila Aficionado Media on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 9PM CST as Alex Perez and Mike Morales Blab about proper tequila glassware with Martin Duffy, exclusive US representative of the historic Glencairn Chrystal of Scotland. Riedel Launches the Tequila Glass As Tequila Aficionado Media first reported in November of 2001, and shared with you again … Read more How to Choose the Right Tequila Glassware
During Tequila Aficionado Media’s historic Dia de los Muertos Tequila Tour, Lisa Pietsch and I paid a visit to Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico. Before exploring the awesome depths of the caves and the formation of stalactites and stalagmites, we were also met with this alarming notice. Even though it’s the Mexican freetail bats that are … Read more Bats Are Dying!
[Long before the general public does, Tequila Aficionado Media often gets tipped off about new agave spirits brands that will be entering the market. One such tip was for Gracías A Dios (GAD) mezcal. We had no idea that we would bump into them during the San Antonio Cocktail Conference in mid- January, 2015. Of course, we … Read more Thank GAD for Gracías A Dios Mezcal
The Maturation of Palenques and Mezcal Production in Oaxaca, 2015: Migration, Certification, Expansion Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. Every two weeks or so I’m asked about the change in the number of artisanal mezcal distilleries, or palenques, in and around the central valleys of Oaxaca, given the dramatic rise in the spirit’s global popularity over … Read more Mezcal Production in Oaxaca – More Mezcal is on the Way! by Alvin Starkman
[After The San Antonio Cocktail Conference held in January, 2015, Tequila Aficionado Media caught up with Dr. Iván Saldaña, producer of the upstart mezcal, Montelobos, a partnership project with the makers of Milagro tequila. A featured speaker during the conference, here’s our in-depth discussion held at the bar of the lavish Westin Riverwalk Hotel.] La Anatomia del Mezcal In Dr. … Read more The Montelobos Mezcal Project
Awards Announced During a LIVE Google Hangout Telecast For Immediate Release! March, 28, 2015, San Antonio, TX—In an unprecedented live Google Hangout telecast, Tequila Aficionado Media (TequilaAficionado.com) unveiled its Second Annual 2014 Brands Of Promise™ Award winners in Tequila, Mezcal and several other agave related categories. A full list of Brands Of Promise™ winners can … Read more Tequila Aficionado Media Reveals 2014 Brands of Promise™ Winners!
Agave Spirits Everywhere! If you’ve been following Tequila Aficionado Media closely, you may have noticed a lull in the weekly Sipping Off The Cuff ™ episodes that traditionally have aired every Friday. As you may know, every tequila, mezcal or sotol label that submits samples for Sipping Off The Cuff ™ is automatically entered into our ground-breaking … Read more A Truckload of Agave – Agave Spirits, That Is
Mezcalaria,The Cult of Mezcal: Book Review By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. Mezcalaria, Cultura del Mezcal, The Cult of Mezcal (Farolito ediciones, 2012) is the third edition, first bilingual (English-Spanish), of the seminal 2000 publication by author Ulises Torrentera. The book is highly opinionated on the one hand, yet on the other contains a wealth of … Read more Mezcalaria, The Cult of Mezcal: Book Review by Alvin Starkman