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The Wine Factory’s Back Online: Valle de Guadalupe’s Newest Wine-making Project

Like soviet-era cement bunkers, the storage chambers of one of Valle de Guadalupe’s first wine factories, built in the 1940s, sit empty along the walls. Well, almost empty. Reynaldo Rodriguez, part wine maker, part mad scientist, has filled one of these square cement holding cells with glow-in-the-dark stickers of the solar system and one has […]

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Panama City Leading the Globalization Parade in the Americas

Depending on who you ask, the spread of global brands into every city we visit is either a blessing or a curse. It’s clear though that while many grumble about the proliferation of recognized logos creating a homogenized city look around the globe, they’ll still stay at the Marriott and duck into the Starbucks more […]

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1800 Anejo Tequila: a Premium Bargain

There are always a lot of great values in the tequila aisle of the liquor store, even if you’re not in Mexico. One of the best values is a bottle that normally sells for $35 to $45 but out-tastes some that sell for twice as much. The 1800 Añejo (aged) tequila is a fine sipping […]

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A Crash Course in Fine Guatemalan Rum

Ask a dozen  rum connoisseurs what the “best rum in the world” is and you’ll probably get at least half a dozen different answers. You might just find one name edging out the others though and it’s not from anywhere in the Caribbean. Ron Zacapa from Guatemala gets tagged with the title a lot. I’ll […]

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Tequila Taste Test: Alacran in the Black Bottle

I first tried Alacrán tequila few years ago when I stayed at Capella Ixtapa and was high on the view before I even touched any alcohol. Maybe it was the atmosphere, but I really liked it then, only in part because it was laid out complimentary for guests in the lounge. This brand is only […]

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Tequila with a Long History: Herradura Silver

A solid, well-structured tequila with a little barrel aging on it, Herradura Silver is a good choice for full-flavored sipping or high-end cocktails. Way back in 1870, Casa Herradura was registered as a tequila producing hacienda. Over the past few decades the company has grown its stable of brands, producing one “mixto” name you should […]

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