Oaxaca in a box: The Maguey Melate project

Oaxaca in a box: The Maguey Melate project

Maguey Melate is a new idea on the mezcal scene, a subscription service for small batch mezcals that will get you some of those small batch mezcals that you can’t find outside of Oaxaca delivered to your doorstep here in the US. but it’s so much more because the...
A very special tasting at Madre!

A very special tasting at Madre!

I had a chance to meet Ivan Vasquez, owner of Madre! at the recent Culver City screening of Agave: The Spirit of a Nation and arrange time for a visit while I was in Southern California for the week. It’s located in Torrance, or in LA speak, the South Bay. My friend...
Trending: The House Mezcal

Trending: The House Mezcal

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 the bar. My early days in Oaxaca...

The San Antonio Cocktail Conference rundown

Just back from five days at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference – a fun and enlightening industry gathering that was simultaneously overwhelming and intimate. It was a great opportunity to connect with some of the key players in the industry and attend some very...

You buried my mezcal in shit?

In goat shit, to be precise. Take a look at the video below where Craft Distillers’ Ansley Coale introduces Mezcalero Special #4 with the full story on how you pull great aging characteristics from mezcal. It’s a blend of espadín and wild bicuixe but...

Mezcales de Leyenda's limited release project

Given last week’s line up of catastrophes, the week before seems like a lifetime ago. Back then I had a chance to taste Mezcales de Leyenda’s new high end, limited release, line of mezcals at San Francisco’s Mosto Bar. What a treat, and if I knew...