An “Ode to Odd Agave”

Serendipity and poetry go hand in hand so it’s no surprise that my recent post on Mary Ruefle’s mention of agave in one of her poems means that another, much more botanically correct, poem devoted to agave has come to my attention. Like most things in the...
The roots of mezcal

The roots of mezcal

Alex White has quietly been making a name for himself these past few years. He moved to Oaxaca to work with mezcal and an art residency; for him the two are inextricably intertwined. Among the many results are Rezpiral, a mezcal label with constantly rotating batches...
Watch mezcal in action

Watch mezcal in action

I just saw a report that binge watching is finally declining. Could that mean that we’re finally focusing on quality cinema like the Criterion Channel? Fortunately or not, that’s not the case because it probably means that we’re leaving the house...
Filming mezcal’s heritage

Filming mezcal’s heritage

In August I had the great pleasure of introducing the premier of Christian Arizmendi and Juan Sueco’s documentary Herencia Mezcalli at the Azucar Lounge in San Francisco. It’s a short, just over thirteen minutes, but nuanced dive into the world of the Cortes family,...

Changes

As we pass into 2020 it’s time for a bit of that annual rite of reflection. You may have noticed that we’ve been changing things around in the Mezcalistas universe. It’s been a process and will continue to be one for some time but here’s where we are and where we’re...

The feminine mezcal – musings on words and marketing

A funny thing about writers block, sometimes the block is because there is a story begging to be written and until that is done, the other pieces have to wait. This is one of those moments. Before heading off to Mexico, a strange yet very powerful indicator of how...