One of the great surprises at the 74th Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention was Sierra Norte, a new brand of whiskey from Oaxaca. Oaxaca, of course, is known for mezcal, but one particular producer and importer of the agave spirit has decided to make use of the Mexican state’s abundant corn crop and produce a line of whiskeys—a rarity in those parts. Caballeros, Inc. is best known for Scorpion mezcal (featured in my first book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously) and now it’s marketing a line of whiskeys made from yellow, white and black corn. I caught up with Caballeros, Inc.’s Barbara Sweetman who detailed the creation of master distiller Douglas French.
A few words with David Solomon, importer of Brod Irish Whiskey and Golia Mongolian vodka.
I’m at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) convention in Orlando, updating with frequent interviews, images and other goings-on at this week’s three-day convention and expo.
Got this press release today from the good folks at Templeton Rye. This is a true vote of confidence in the longevity of the rye-naissance. I’m loving the re-establishment of the rye distilling tradition, not just in Templeton, Iowa, but also in what was once one of the great rye-producing capitals of the U.S.: Maryland. Later this month Sagamore Spirit Distillery is hosting the grand opening of its Baltimore facility….
Who says the government can’t get anything meaningful accomplished?
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law this week SB1261, which designates George Washington Rye Whiskey—produced at the restored late-eighteenth-century-style George Washington Distillery at Mount Vernon—as the Commonwealth’s official “state spirit.” Virginia State Senator Adam P Ebbin of Alexandria (my current stomping ground!) sponsored the bill.