[caption id="attachment_7994" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] [media-credit id=3 align="aligncenter" width="1024"][/media-credit] What's the chemistry in these agaves?[/caption]
The mellifluously titled “Volatile Compound Profiles in Mezcal Spirits as Influenced by Agave Species and Production Processes” by Araceli M. Vera-Guzmán, Rosa I. Guzmán-Gerónimo, Mercedes G. López, and José L. Chávez-Servia has some tantalizing research into the chemistry of mezcal's flavor. They were looking at the question of whether chemical variations between different agaves harvested in different areas could account for flavors which, as any of your mezcal aficionados know, is pretty critical to our enjoyment even if most of us, most of the time, don't dig into the details of chemical analysis.
[caption id="attachment_7985" align="alignnone" width="1024"] [media-credit id=3 align="alignnone" width="1024"][/media-credit] These guys are coming to an espadin field near you.[/caption] In this interview with Gotham Magazine, Rande Berber, George Clooney's business partner in Casamigos Tequila, mentions that they're launching a mezcal label. He doesn't offer many specifics, just this exchange:
[caption id="attachment_7932" align="alignnone" width="1024"] [media-credit id=3 align="alignnone" width="1024"][/media-credit] There was plenty of mole at the Mexican pavilion including this stand from Seasons of My Heart, chef Susana Trilling's line of salsa's, chocolates, salts, poleo tea in addition to her mole.[/caption] Another year, another Fancy Food. Endless square feet of all the food that you can imagine, so much of it of the highly processed and packaged variety vying to be the snack or high energy food of the future. But this year was notable more for what wasn't on the convention floor more than for what was.
A dry countyThe strangest thing about this year was how dry the place was. The Mexican area didn’t have a single spirit and only a single Mexican wine stand. Elsewhere you’d be hard pressed to find spirits, wines or beers. The notable exception was the jumping Japanese microbrew booth which was never without a line.
[caption id="attachment_7815" align="alignnone" width="1024"] [media-credit id=3 align="alignnone" width="1024"][/media-credit] The line up of cocktails for the Tacolicious Crab Bender dinner.[/caption] Tacolicious' annual crab dinners are right around the corner which is always a great opportunity to open up the wallet for a San Francisco tradition but this year they're doing things a bit differently at the Marina location because the companion cocktails for the meal are all made with mezcal and now that marijuana is legal in California, CBD as well. They're using El Silencio for all the cocktails and sourcing their CBD from Sonoma Hills Farm.The cooking and mixing with marijuana trend has been bubbling away for some time but, given the legal necessity, always underground. Now that things are out in the open people are starting to experiment and we're glad to see that mezcal is in the mix.