We have lost so much in 2020 that turning our heads to a Dia de los Muertos celebration feels simultaneously perfect and impossible. We are just at the beginning of our grief and trying to even wrap our heads around
For the last decade Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) has been the go-to spirits competition for industry professionals as well as savvy consumers. This is thanks to the unwavering integrity of the director and chairman Paul Pacult, and co-founders Sue Woodley
The mezcal family suffered an immense loss this week with the passing of Don Aquilino García López, patriarch of Mezcal Vago. From the Vago family: To those in the mezcal community, he was an absolute legend. To a lucky few, he
What happens when the world is forced to shut down and all of the usual gathering places and events to learn about agave spirits are shuttered? Well, we get creative and put together an online program platform of interactive talks
Taking advantage of being in the backyard of Khrys Maxwell we developed some programming around Mexico in a Bottle San Diego by co-hosting a blind tasting of agave distillates at Tahona Bar in Old Town San Diego last Monday. It was
There is irony here. For eons in Mexico at bars and restaurants, most carried house mezcales, note lower case and not Mezcales. Someone usually had a connection through family or friends and offered them in glass or plastic jugs behind
[caption id="attachment_25071" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] [media-credit name="Vago" link="http://www.masmezcal.com/mezcalvago/2017/12/8/tepeztatesierra-negra-8ljd2-9rsgb-y734b-33krw" align="aligncenter" width="1500"][/media-credit] A close up of Mezcal Vago's limited edition Sierra Negra bottle.[/caption] Vago’s latest release, an incredibly small batch of Sierra Negra by Aquilino Garcia Lopez highlights smart and ethical behavior in the mezcal world. Each bottle that Vago releases is accompanied by a blog post that includes a highly detailed tech sheet that delves into everything you’d want to know about the bottle, the agaves and processes that produced it, and the people who made it. Dig into that, spend some time with it, think it over. All that information helps you put the scope of work that brought that bottle to you into perspective.
Almost 250 people braved the stormy elements last Friday in Baltimore out of their burning desire to see the special screening of Agave: Spirit of a Nation. Now granted, Baltimore is home to filmmakers Matt Riggieri and Nick Kovacic, but given the always packed house at Clavel, the love of agave is real in that town.
Word out of Tales of the Cocktail is that is was a stunning success under the new owners, which is good news for the industry. In addition to all of the awards news (congratulations Don Rogelio of Del Maguey!) there was also the usual chisme to sort through. Part of that included talk swirling around Mezcal Vago and some changes underway. After speaking with owner Judah Kuper today, I am happy to report that while the radio channel may have changed, the song remains the same (groan!)