This is part one of a multipart series. You can read part two here. First the obvious, 2020 created unprecedented challenges for the world of mezcal. If you had asked anyone in January or February of 2020 what the sales
[caption id="attachment_5862" align="aligncenter" width="450"] The Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.[/caption] In the spirit of transparency, here's some background on how the whole idea of how Mexico in a Bottle - Washington, D.C. came about: DC is my hometown, but now, my immediate family lives with me on the West Coast. I miss DC, I miss my friends, and I really needed to come up with a reason to visit. Then there was a random meeting and conversation I had with Pati Jinich, the terrific Mexican chef, culinary anthropologist, and resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in DC. She told me that the Mexican culinary scene in Washington was growing. A seed was planted and I told Max that DC needed to be on our shortlist of event cities for 2017.
The Alipús line continues to evolve. The latest addition is an ensamble which originally was designed to replace the San Andrés, now it appears it will complement it. The details: [caption id="attachment_4540" align="alignleft" width="225"] The front label of the San Andres Ensamble.[/caption]
- Location: Santa María La Pila, Mihuatlán, Oaxaca
- Agave: 80% Espadín, 20% Bicuishe
- Maestro Mezcalero: Don Valente Ángel García Juárez
- Quantity: 800 bottles in this batch. More to come.
- ABV: 47.2%
- NOM: O14X
Background:As with its predecessor, the San Andrés Ensamble carries the pink label of the Alipús line because it is also made by maestro mezcalero Don Valente Ángel García Juárez in the same location as the original San Andrés. That original was made solely of espadín and quickly
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As we’ve previously posted, we’ll be hosting our first mezcal tasting in San Francisco on July 25th. We’ve got some pretty exciting news to share about the event. First, we’re thrilled to present the US premiere of Alipús and will