Meet Mezcal, Tequila's smoky cousin

We are pleased to introduce our new correspondent on the ground Buzz Komil – this is his first piece for Mezcalistas… So, there’s this amazing new spirit out of Mexico called mezcal. It’s kind of like tequila, but not really. It’s smoky,...
Mezcal launch party – La Palabra

Mezcal launch party – La Palabra

Last night I had a chance to hit the launch party at Oakland’s Tamarindo for the new mezcal “La Palabra.” There is one type, an espadin from San Juan del Rio in Oaxaca. It comes in a beautiful square bottle which mimics the decanter found in the...

Launching mezcal sustainably

Last night Susan and I were fortunate enough to attend the formal launch tasting for Amarás’ cupreata at the rapidly assembling Cala, Gabriela Cámara’s much anticipated stateside restaurant. The focus of the evening’s conversation and speeches was...

Oaxaqueño correcto

Italian’s have caffe corretto which is an espresso with a dash of grappa. Lately the fall chill has inspired the creation of a Mexican variant with mezcal instead of grappa. Obviously I can’t recommend it for all occasions but boy does it end a meal in...