The Dia del Mezcalero Experience

The Dia del Mezcalero Experience

When I first heard about CNI Brands’ Dia del Mezcalero last year, I was equally curious and skeptical of what a trip to Oaxaca with more than 30 people in the industry could possibly be like. Rumor said rough, with all of the usual organizational issues that...
A new Mexican adventure

A new Mexican adventure

It’s hard to believe that I am off to Mexico in a couple of days for some mezcal adventures. Advance planning always makes things seem so distant and then boom, the day of departure appears out of nowhere. A few months ago I was accepted into the Dia del...
Journey to the Sierra Mixe with Cuish

Journey to the Sierra Mixe with Cuish

There is nothing quite like the Star Wars soundtrack to make a journey from Oaxaca City to the Sierra Mixe more dramatic. It would have been a drive through the sierra like any other: the highway was closed so along the four hour drive we elevated from banana trees to...
A misguided love child

A misguided love child

Sometimes there are things that come across your desk that you wish you could laugh at the ridiculousness and then just toss it to the side. The was my initial thought with Restival Oaxaca, but it managed to spark a firestorm of emotions in me that I have not been...
A Del Maguey journey

A Del Maguey journey

This has been a piece a long time in the making, ever since the news of Pernod Ricard partnering with  Del Maguey broke almost exactly a year ago on June 7th 2017, and changed the landscape of the mezcal category. It has been just a year, but what a year it has been,...