Vallarta Tequila Tastings

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“Tequila Tasting in Puerta Vallarta”

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 20, 2015

Lobo and Corinna came to our private villa in Puerta Vallarta for a unique beginner’s tequila tasting. We had a lot of fun! Lobo is so engaging in his presentation of tequila and the different types available. He definitely dispelled the misbelief we had that tequila had to be shot back quickly! We tasted a blanco, reposado and an anejo and had no headache the next day!
Thank you Lobo and Corinna for a fantastic evening! Great value and great fun.
Sarah and Jessica

“It’s All About The Tequila!!!”

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 13, 2015

My wife and I recently went to Puerto Vallarta and wanted to do a tequila tasting. She came across Vallarta Tequila Tastings when doing a search online before our trip. We were in for a real treat! I love tequila (my wife, not so much) but have never learned the history or process of making tequila before so we signed up for The Beginners class. Lobo and Corinna couldn’t have been more delightful or educational during this adventure. They arranged to come to our hotel (Rivera Del Rio Boutique Hotel) and we sat out by the pool on the rooftop for our drinking tour. This was truly a highlight of our trip! Next time we come into PV, I’m definitely signing up for The Connoisseur course. When my wife and I returned to Denver, we were able to teach a thing or two to our friends. Both Lobo and Corinna are wonderful and we enjoyed their company immensely. In a few words: JUST DO IT! You won’t regret it!

Visited September 2015

“One of the Highlights of our Trip to Puerto Vallarta”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We scheduled them to do a Tequila tasting at our condo in PV. As my family and I are all starting to enjoy tequila more, we thought it would be fun to learn more. We all greatly expanded our knowledge, and all understood the intricacies much more. Im only sad that they weren’t looking to take on any interns!

I highly recommend them!

Visited December 2015

Book me a room por favor!

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el-patron tequila hotel

Isle of Wight will this summer play host to one of the most exciting openings of the season, as El Patron announces the launch of a second site at the unique holiday destination. Following in the successful footsteps of tequila bar, El Patron London, the Isle of Wight site will take the El Patron experience even further with the extraordinary opening of a restaurant, bar AND Europe’s First Tequila Hotel.

Renowned for their quirky interior, late-night fiestas and authentic menus, El Patron Isle of Wight will open in the historic Charter House – a striking red brick, grade II building in the idyllic St Thomas’s Square, offering a large outdoor area, perfect for warmer days. The exterior will feature classical architectural structures, contrasted by the eclectic interior inside, which will be transformed into a Mexican playground with exposed brick walls, Latino inspired artwork, colourful Mediterranean style shutters, a corrugated iron bar, and reclaimed material from former warships.

Guests will enjoy delicious Mexican street food such as Spinach and Feta Quesadillas, dripping Slow Cooked Pork Burritos, crispy Fish Tacos, and a selection of traditional chunky salsas, all served on large sharing plates for an authentic South American experience. Other dishes will include El Patron’s Secret Guacamole, Chargrilled Flank Steak served with a Pumpkin Seed Salad, succulent Pulled Chicken Burritos, and Shredded Beef Tacos with Salsa De Arbol.

The upstairs boutique hotel will consist of six bespoke Mexican styled rooms, each themed around a different drink from El Patron’s extensive tequila menu, where every room will have its own individual cocktail-set for guests to get the full tequila experience. In the bar section, there will be live music and DJ’s from Wednesday to Saturday, playing a mix of Latino inspired hits that will keep guests dancing until dawn, and there will also be live music every Sunday, during the day.

In honour of the summer opening, El Patron has also created a fresh new cocktail menu, with drinks uch as Maraca, made of bubbles, melon, mint and lemon, Luchador, a mango margarita with a kick off jalapeno infused Arette Blanco, mango, chillies and lime, The 100 Years Of Lychee, Patron Silver, pear liquor, lychee, guava and peach, and for a night cap, guests can also order the Estimulante, a cheeky cocktail of Patron XO Cafe, dark cacao, and espresso.

El Patron is the brainchild of the young, dynamic couple, Aiste Bart and Andrew Taylor, who opened their first El Patron venue in London earlier this year to huge success. Aiste and Andrew are already planning a third venue, which is due to open later this year.

some of my favorite mezcal labels

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One of our favourite things to do in Mexico City is browse some of the many fabulous speciality liquor stores for new and interesting bottles.Here a just a few of our new favourites

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Contrary to popular belief in the United States, today is NOT Mexican independence day. As a Canadian that works in the tourism industry here in Puerto Vallarta over my 15 years of residency i have been approached by many Americans who while vacationing are confused and perplexed  by the lack of enthusiasm amongst us locals on this day and  during their visit  want to know “where are the 5 de Mayo celebrations happening???”

Regardless, do we really need an excuse to enjoy a tequila? i know i don’t!

While sipping your margaritas please read this!

In 1861, Mexican President Benito Juárez declared that Mexico was suspending the payment of all its foreign debt for two years due to a fiscal crisis, and even though Juárez had said payments would resume in 1863, Great Britain, France and Spain were not satisfied. The British and Spanish backed off, but France insisted on using force to secure its debt payments. French Emperor Napoleon III named a relative of his, Archduke Maximillian of Austria, as ruler of Mexico.

As the French Army was marching toward Mexico City, they encountered stiff resistance. On May 5, 1862, General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated the French Army in the Battle of Puebla. The Mexican victory was a surprise, for the French Army was and larger and better equipped. Mexico won this battle. But facing Mexican resistance and American pressure, the French withdrew its troops in 1867. For the  leader of France, Napolean III, the battle at Puebla was an attempt at not only spreading his empire but at conquering a key Mexican access point to the U.S., where he intended to lend support to the confederate army during the Civil War in an effort to keep the U.S. divided and consequently less powerful.
Abraham Lincoln sympathized with the Mexican cause during the French occupation but was unable to lend direct support to the nation due to the U.S. Civil War, which was taking place at the same time. When the Civil War finally ended, the U.S. forced France to withdraw its troops from Mexico and their empire collapsed.
Cinco de Mayo is not a federal holiday in Mexico and is a relatively minor holiday outside of Puebla, Veracruz and the United States. In Puebla and Veracruz, however, Cinco de Mayo is a very important state holiday celebrated with parades, festivals and reenactments.

 

Because of the fact that president Juarez had a hand in helping maintain the concept of the United States as a single nation, it was after the Civil War that Lincoln’s successor, Andrew Johnson, approved military aid to Juarez’ supporters, which ultimately was what led to the abdication and eventual capture and execution of Maximilian in 1867.

Cinco de Mayo is a time to recognize the bravery of those who fight against oppression. 

 

Escamoles (ant eggs) at Sonora Grill Prime

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On our trip to Mexico city this summer we had the chance to try escamoles (ant eggs), a Mexican delicacy but we chickened out. This Valentines day we went to our favourite restaurant in Puerto Vallarta for great steaks and the best vodka martini in town, Sonora Grill Prime. We usually order the same thing but this time i decided to look at the menu and to my surprise and delight there was under appetizers, escamoles! Perhaps it was my second martini talking but i looked at Ricardo and I said “let’s go for it”! They arrived in a sizzling hot cast iron plate with tortillas on the side. I would describe them as a crunchy, smoky pine nut, a little too much on the oily side for me but i was still glad we had finally tried them. I encourage anyone who has an adventurous palate to head over to Sonora Grill Prime in the marina and give them a try!

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