After years of low-quality imports and instantly regrettable “shooters,” agave spirits like tequila and mezcal are ascendant in America. Between 2005 and 2015, the volume of mezcal sold in the United States grew by 279 percent, according to International Wine and Spirits Research. Bars like Brooklyn’s Leyenda, the Pastry War in Houston, and Baltimore’s Clavel […]
A trip to an American grocery store is rife with existential struggle for conscientious consumers. Do we want conventional, pesticide-spritzed tomatoes grown somewhere far away but temptingly priced $1.99 per pound? Or are we going to shell out $5 for the organic ones from a farm down the road? Drinkers are facing a similar conundrum […]
New York City’s best bartenders don’t have a lot of time off. But when they do get a chance to go out, they know the best bars, the best places to eat, and all the late night spots. In VinePair’s new Night Out series, we’ll be speaking with some of the top bartenders in the […]
Danny Mena was at a mezcal conference in 2008 the first time he heard murmurings that the United States was in a mezcal boom.
If you’re familiar with wine, you’ve likely come across people who swear by terroir, the French word that roughly translates to “a sense of place.” You’ve also probably come across people who swear that it’s all marketing (or maybe you’re one of these people). But terroir, in its broadest sense, isn’t restricted to wine.
Regardless of your feelings about bats, you owe them a thank you. Without bats, there would be no tequila. Just as you fuel your night on the agave spirit, bats fuel their night on agave nectar. The wild bat population in Mexico is directly linked to the agave crop that produces tequila, which can only […]
Tequila is one of the most popular spirits in the world, but the spirit can still be incredibly confusing. While it’s pretty widely known that tequila is made from 100 percent agave, most probably don’t realize that the spirit can only be made in certain parts of Mexico.
It’s hard to beat the flavors of Mexican food, whether you need something communal to share, something spicy for dinner, or something bright and fun for a party. We’ve gathered some of our favorite Mexican food recipes no matter what you’re looking for. Crock pot queso blanco Sometimes you just need something that you can […]
Who doesn’t love tacos? While they may have originated in Mexico, they’ve definitely found a home here in America. And though the first thing many would think to pair with this perfect handheld meal is a Margarita or a beer, wine is an ideal companion.