Mezcal’s High Tide Raising Economy in Oaxaca

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. On a recent warm, sunny afternoon, for the first time that I can recall, there was a lineup leading outside the front door at CATOSA bottle distributor in the Oaxaca city suburb of Los Volcanes. Everyone was waiting to place orders for bottles destined to be filled with mezcal, the … Read moreMezcal’s High Tide Raising Economy in Oaxaca

The Definitive Sipping Off The Cuff Collection

In honor of National Tequila Day in the U.S.A., we’re sharing with you the definitive collection of Sipping Off the Cuff from our very first podcast tequila reviews to the most recent.  Enjoy and Salud!   Sipping Off The Cuff | 1800 Milenio http://tequilaaficionado.com/2015/03/27/sipping-off-the-cuff-1800-milenio/ Sipping Off The Cuff | 1921 Tequila Anejo http://tequilaaficionado.com/2016/01/26/sipping-off-cuff-1921-tequila-anejo/ Sipping Off … Read moreThe Definitive Sipping Off The Cuff Collection

Women in Mezcal: Traditional Roles vs. Market Assumptions

Women Making Mezcal in Oaxaca: Division of Labour between the Sexes Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D. It is inaccurate to suggest that mezcal production in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca is by and large a man’s job or trade, and that there are very few palenqueras, that is artisanal mezcal distillers who are women. The … Read moreWomen in Mezcal: Traditional Roles vs. Market Assumptions

Tequila Aficionado | Sipping Off the Cuff | Mezcal Hacienda de Bañuelos (formerly Los Potrillos)

  Mike Morales and Matt Mettras of Tequila Aficionado review Mezcal Hacienda de Bañuelos, formerly known as Los Potrillos Mezcal, on Sipping Off the Cuff.    

Great Festival Chase Tour FAQs #GreatFestChase

When does The Great Festival Chase start? Our tour begins on National Tequila Day, July 24th, as we depart from Texas and make our way to Mammoth Lakes, California.  It’s a 1600 mile drive just to get to our starting point and our driver (Lisa) needs breaks.   Can I still get in on this tour? YES!  … Read moreGreat Festival Chase Tour FAQs #GreatFestChase

You’re Invited! Introducing the Tequila Aficionado 2018 Tour – The Great Festival Chase

You may have seen sneak peeks on our social media networks or newsletter, but we’re finally breaking the seal on the official 2018 Tequila Aficionado Tour – The Great Festival Chase – and you’re invited!   Click here to secure your spot now!   …And take your brand sky high through New Year’s Eve, and … Read moreYou’re Invited! Introducing the Tequila Aficionado 2018 Tour – The Great Festival Chase

Sipping Off the Cuff | The Lost Explorer Mezcal Joven

THE LOST EXPLORER MEZCAL is a collaboration with Proyecto Humo and master mezcalero, Don Fortino Ramos Florean. It was grown, harvested and distilled on the edge of San Pablo Huixtepec, Oaxaca in the Zimatlán District—situated some fifteen hundred meters above sea level in the Central Valley. San Pablo Huixtepec is roughly equidistant from Oaxaca City and … Read moreSipping Off the Cuff | The Lost Explorer Mezcal Joven

Tomorrow We Ride! #WildWildWest2017

It’s time for the…   We’re packing up and getting ready to ride for some spectacular brands this year.  Here’s what our tour itinerary looks like, barring any unforeseen adventures.  It’ll be a nonstop month of tequila and mezcal fun! Follow #WildWildWest2017 Follow us on Facebook HERE for all of our LIVE broadcasts.  Follow us … Read moreTomorrow We Ride! #WildWildWest2017

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 moreTequila vs Mezcal: The Director’s Cut

Mix Up a Good Time with Scorpion Mezcal and Mexican Chocolate

If there’s one thing I love pairing with mezcals, it’s chocolate.  When you find a great quality mezcal that can hold it’s own against a dark chocolate, pair it.  The flavor combinations will open your palate to a whole new world of flavorful delights.  Here are just a few suggestions for pairing with the Scorpion … Read moreMix Up a Good Time with Scorpion Mezcal and Mexican Chocolate