A contestant on Last Tequila Standing, and a participating brand during our 2015 Dia de los Muertos Tequila & Mezcal Tour, Ms. Barlow works tirelessly to keep Vida’s image and flavor fresh and consistent.
Aside from being a Woman In The Tequila Industry, Lisa was also a partner in one of the most celebrated restaurants in Park City, Utah, called Silver. Up until June 2015, it hosted wildly popular events that were the hottest tickets to come by during the star-studded Sundance Film Festival. In 2016, a pop-up Vida Tequila Lounge continued that tradition at Sundance.
Here are her thoughts on our customary handful of questions.
TA: How would you describe your experiences as a woman in a primarily male dominated industry?
LB: I have never felt as though the challenges in the spirits industry stem from being a woman. I have a strong vision for VIDA and a strong business acumen. I like being in an arena where I am constantly challenged and the spirits industry gives me that opportunity.
Man or woman, it really doesn’t matter; what matters is that you are on point and doing the right things for your business. Being a mother of two boys, I think its a great example for them to see me work hard at our family business.
TA: How have you been able to change things within the Tequila Industry?
LB: One always hopes they are making a difference.
When we launched in 2007 there were less than 400 tequila brands in the USA. For me it was important that the brand had a clear vision and an authentic one. Your customers feel your passion. It engages them into your product and drives them to search for more information, which helps the category.
I love what I do. I really wanted to integrate things that were important to me into our brand. We launched with a beautiful white package that was very different from the bright colors and busy boxes we were seeing on the store shelves.
I also incorporated my vision of what tequila should be in early advertisements; tequila is modern, sophisticated.
We had campaigns that said “NO WORM, JUST ROCKS,” or “VIDA COUTURE” moving VIDA away from the cliches and stereotypes. This is one thing and those things take time and [it] was challenging in the beginning.
[It is] much easier to launch a brand today with how much education is now available, that was not there when we launched.
Being able to make a great tequila is beautiful. Everything from the plant to the process is bold. To be able to take this into the USA and other countries and grow the category is huge. I am very involved because I love what we produce and our brand, VIDA.
TA: What do you see as the future of women working within the Tequila Industry?
LB: As the category continues to rise, so will the number of women who work within the category and the roles they play. From Distiller to CEO, I think there will be a lot of growth and changes on multiple levels.
LB: This is a tough question.
There is an art to making tequila. From start to finish; to me it’s beautiful. The rich history of this spirit is in Mexico – it’s important to maintain this.
Within any industry, it’s important to make sure that production and distribution are continually evaluated.
Change is good, always. We are constantly trying to evolve and put our focus on a global future.
TA: Is there anything you’d like to say to women who may be contemplating entering and working in the Tequila Industry in one form or another?
LB: Its an amazing industry to be a part of. Have a clear plan and go for it.
No More Last Tequila Standing
- 24 Criteria for Participants
- 25 Alma Tequila
- 26 Alma Tequila Amazon Margarita
- 27 Judging Procedures
- 28 Adan y Eva Tequila
- 29 Adan y Eva Sinful Margarita
- 30 Nature’s Agave
- 31 Don Pilar Tequila
- 1 Don Pilar Agave Nectar Margarita
- 2 Don Pilar Tequila Tasting
- 3 Azunia Tequila
- 4 Azunia Spanish Sparkler
- 5 Sal del Mar
- 6 Riazul Tequila
- 7 Senor Rio Tequila
- 10 Tequila 101, Terroir, and Aging
- 11 Silvercoin Tequila
- 12 Silvercoin Tequila Sunset
- 13 Silvercoin Tequila Margarita
- 14 Silvercoin Tequila Neat
- 15 Quinta de Gomez Tequila
- 16 Why Judge Blancos
- 17 Pavoneo Green & White
- 18 Pavoneo Tequila Tasting
- 19 Cuestion Tequila
- 20 Cuestion Tequila Diablo Rose
- 21 Cuestion Tequila Cantown
- 22 Cuestion Tequila Uptown
- 23 Crotalo Tequila
- 24 Crotalo Tequila Shake & Snake Margarita
- 25 Ekeco Tequila
- 27 Casa ZG Sangrita
- 28 Alquimia Natural Margarita
- 29 Tasting a Vertical Flight with Alquimia
- 30 Tributo Tequila
- 31 Vida Tequila
First ever Tequila Reality Show kicks off on National Tequila Day!
For Immediate Release!
In 2011, eighteen tequila start ups had vied to be crowned the top Brand Of Promise(TM) in the world’s first broadcasted Tequila Reality Show.
Tequila Aficionado Media Presents Last Tequila Standing
July, 2015, San Antonio, TX: Starting July 24, 2015, National Tequila Day, 45 exclusive episodes of Last Tequila Standing will be streamed daily over Tequila Aficionado Media’s website and on-demand over its own YouTube playlist, as well as featured throughout all of its powerful social networks.
“Through the expansion of opportunities on the Web, and Tequila Aficionado
Media’s own explosive growth, we are proud to present for your enjoyment, Last Tequila Standing,” declared Tequila Aficionado’s CEO, M.A. “Mike” Morales.
Never-before-seen raw footage of some of the tequila industry’s most promising labels will be aired. Each will relate their start up stories and demonstrate their tasty signature cocktails, too.
Colorful brand owners, master distillers, and top flight brand ambassadors took the stage with their enduring tequilas, many of which are still thriving even in 2015’s more competitive tequila market.
To appear on the first ever televised tequila reality show to share with the world their personal stories and to participate in a judged tasting competition to be named the Last Tequila Standing.
As with most TV pilots and shows that are ahead of their time, Last Tequila Standing struggled to find a permanent network home.
“After a series of fits-and-starts, several failed business deals and cable company mergers that never happened, Last Tequila Standing was all but lost,” recounts Morales, a producer and one of the hosts of the show.
From the moment Season 1’s taping had wrapped, Morales worked tirelessly for months with the Executive Producers to try to fulfill the show’s original mission–
To educate and inform tequila aficionados worldwide in an entertaining fashion on the finer points of Mexico’s national spirit, as well as to help promote organic, artisanal, small batch, and boutique tequila Brands Of Promise(TM).
“But just a few years later, with the advent of streaming video made popular by services like Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix, the playing field has changed dramatically,” adds Lisa Pietsch, Tequila Aficionado Media’s COO in charge of social media marketing. “Last Tequila Standing lends itself perfectly to our binge watching audience.”
Participating tequila brands include…
Along with Tequila Aficionado Media’s CEO and Tequila Journalist, M.A. “Mike” Morales, Clayton J. Czczech guest judges on Last Tequila Standing.
A Global Event
“Since the taping of Season 1 of Last Tequila Standing, the Tequila Industry has aggressively pursued global expansion into countries like China, Russia, India, and Brazil,” explains Morales.
“Given that our audience is not only viewing Tequila Aficionado from these locations,” asserts Pietsch, “but all across Canada, the United States, Germany and Mexico, we can truly say that the airing of Last Tequila Standing will be a global event of epic proportions!”
Watch for new episodes of Last Tequila Standing premiering every day–for 45 days–beginning on National Tequila Day, July 24, 2015 at 11AM CDT.
[*Editor’s note: As a courtesy and at the request of Clayton J. Czczech, Tequila Aficionado has attempted to remove all videos and photographs in which he was featured without degrading the balance of the Last Tequila Standing content provided to us.]