There is no mistaking it, the parade of premium tequilas just keeps on rolling and is showing no sign of stopping. The new appreciation of agave spirits is turning out better tequilas, refined mezcals, and a cult like following that is very reminiscent of Scotch. No complaints here to be sure, but as the parade continues, it’s sometimes difficult to wade through the sea of slick visuals and creative storytelling to find tequilas that live up to their premium price tag.
The clean yet classic packaging of Vida Tequila arouses suspicion. Clearly, this was going to be another ultra-premium tequila that fell short on the palate, right? Not so. Relatively new to the scene, the company was founded just 5 years ago by Utah natives Lisa and John Barlow, and has already garnered lots of attention and awards. Tequila.net gave the …
March is Washington Wine Month! There are many great wines being produced right here at home that it would be impossible to try them all. In fact, with now over 750 registered wineries in the state, one would be hard pressed to try one wine from each winery in the course of a year, let alone in a month. I thought it would be a great time to highlight can’t-miss, must-try Washington wines. Use this as your guide to Washington Wine Month, as I present seven solid selections of varying price points and multiple AVAs for you to choose from.
Treveri Cellars Sparkling Pinot Gris NV, $13. Yakima Valley. After meeting with and tasting through the lineup, it is tough to pick just one from this sparkling-only producer out of Yakima. All phenomenal. They also produce sparkling Chardonnay, Mueller-Thurgau, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, …
Happy (Peruvian) National Pisco Sour Day! As the “official” cocktail of both Chile and Peru and the only well known cocktail with pisco in it, this cocktail carries a lot of responsibility as ambassador to the cocktail swilling world.
A distillate of grapes, pisco is technically a brandy and popped up exactly where you might expect it to: in the winemaking regions of South America. It was originally made as an alternative to brandy from Spain, called orujo, back in the 16th century. Trade wasn’t nearly as quick as it is these days, and the settlers got tired of waiting (and probably paying) for the brandy from the homeland. The alternative, while not the same as the tipple they were used to, was quite good, and became the definitive distillate of the area.
In the early 20th Century, cocktails were enjoying a …