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Agave: Spirit of a Nation

Looky here, a new documentary about mezcal from the people who brought you Decanted featuring some of our favorite people in the mezcal world including Graciela Angeles, Aquilino Lopez, and Carlos Camarena. It won’t be ready for release until early 2018 so stay tuned…

 

 

Yo soy mezcal, a sneak peak

Just in time for the holidays we have a great way to burn through another five minutes of your boss’ time – watch this, then jump down below.

YO SOY MEZCAL | Documentary Trailer from Eric Wolfinger on Vimeo.

We’re proud to have shown this previous to our sustainability panel on Saturday, November 12th, the night before Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle San Francisco this year. The filmmaker behind this effort, Eric Wolfinger, introduced it and chatted with the audience a bit about the project. We’ll be talking to him in more detail soon because this is quite a stunner. Read more

The origins of mezcal

Patricia Colunga‘s documentary “Los Mezcales del Occidente de México y la Destilación Prehispánica,” where she tries to establish the pre-hispanic origins of mezcal is now available for rental on Vimeo. You can watch it in English or Spanish, the rental is $10 for a 72-hour period or you can just buy it for $15. Here’s the embed for the English trailer.

Mezcals from Western Mexico and the Pre-Hispanic Distilling – Trailer posted by Dany_Aldana on Vimeo.

Patricia is also finalizing another documentary that may be of interest. This one delves into the basis for the diet for the societies the preceded the Maya, Toltec, and Olmecs and especially how they used agave for food. As their press release says

“This documentary unveils the diet that could have been created 10,600 to 4,400 years before the present, before the invention of pots and comales, and even before the domestication of species fundamental for the traditional agriculture system called milpa, cornerstone of the great Mesoamerican civilizations.”

They dig into which ingredients and recipes may have been used with a goal of recovering this lost culinary culture and confronting the current illnesses of the Western diet. It sounds fascinating so we’ll pass along news of its final release as soon as we have it. As with the “Los Mezcales del Occidente de México” documentary this one titled, “Mesoamerican Diet: Origins,” is directed byPascual Aldana with Patricia and Daniel Zizumbo sharing in the writing.

Viva mezcal!

Here’s a nice clip from an upcoming documentary on traditional agaves in Mexico. It’s a good background on the topic and importance of agave diversity in Mexico. There’s a great presentation of the issues and debate over the Denominación de Origen for mezcal, what was left out, why it’s still an issue and the current debate over NOM 186. It’s subtitled with a nice translation.

Viva Mezcal ® (Fragmento) / Viva Mezcal ® (Fragment) from pedro jimenez gurria on Vimeo.