The ART of FINE AGAVE – Vancouver International TEQUILA EXPO

Tequila may be a girls second best friend!tequila6tequila4

Take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of tequila!

Take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of tequila!

But with the finest of them you may omit the salt and the lime, and it will be completely genuine!  Let these spirits lift yours!

If the upcoming Fourth Annual Vancouver International Tequila Expo (VITE)
taking place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel is anything like the one my friends raved about last year, it will be a raging success.

Joe Fortes sponsored a recent VITE media event which I was lucky enough to attend.  While I’m no connoisseur, I can attest to sampling several exceptionally smooth & outstanding varieties from a host of participating dealers. Last October I spent some time in Oaxaca, Mexico so I became more familiar with Mexcal and was delighted to find some here too.tequila2

tequila1¡Viva tequila! 

It’s a celebration of all things agave – without the blue agave plant there would be no tequila.

The Hyatt Regency event will run from 7 to 10 pm and is presented by First Majestic and sponsored by Legacy Liquor Store, the BMW Store, Joe Fortes, Sysco Vancouver, Tourism Mexico and La Mezcaleria.  This year will feature 100% agave mezcals alongside the wide range of 100% agave tequilas, including exclusive offerings not yet available in BC.tequla7

The evening will feature unique samples of Mexican food pairings by restaurants including Joe Fortes, Sysco Vancouver, La Mezcaleria and Mosaic Bar & Grille.

The Peloton de La Muerte Cocktail Competition will be a returning feature of the show, where a selection of Vancouver’s expert bartenders will have the opportunity to showcase their own agave-based creations, in a friendly competition meant to show off their versatility of agave-based spirits.

Mexcal

Mexcal Selection

Legacy Liquor Store (purveyors of premium spirits) will be hosting an onsite-liquor store for the first time that will feature products available at the show.

Tickets are on sale until they run out through Tickets Tonight.  Single tickets are $69, with a group rate of 6 people+ available for a reduced price of $59.

Not just another pretty bottle!

Not just another pretty bottle. Much more depth!

INTERESTING FACTS you may not know about Tequila:

It’s one of the most misunderstood drinks, surrounded by years of myths and legends – just another reason to love it.

To Be Called Tequila, It Must Be Produced In Mexico.  Just as true champagne must hail from France, tequila has Denomination of Origin, meaning that it has to be produced in Mexico, mainly in the western Mexican state of Jalisco. The states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas are also acceptable.

Tequila Is Technically A Mezcal. 

But mezcal is not tequila. Got that? The main difference between the two is the plant. All tequila must be produced using blue agave, whereas a variety of agave plants can be used to make a single mexcal batch.

If you’re scared of the worm, don’t be!  They’re found in mezcal, not tequila.  The worm, or gusano, actually originated largely as a marketing ploy.  It is the larvae of a type of moth that lives on the agave plant.

The Machete Used To Chop Agave Leaves Is Called A “Coa”…and it has circular blades. The Men Who Use The Coa Are Called Jimadors.

Have a heart!tequila2 Only The Agave Heart Is Used To Make Tequila.

Tequila Does NOT Contain Psychedelic Properties.  Then how do you explain…nevermind!  In the mid-20th century, tequila sales spiked after California residents thought it was a psychadelic. Nope. They were just confusing mezcal with mescaline (the psychoactive alkaloid of peyote).

You Can Turn Tequila Into Diamonds.  You don’t say! Physicists at  the National Autonomous University of Mexico figured out a way to make artificial diamonds out of tequila. Sadly, the synthetic diamonds are too small to be turned into jewelry, but they can be used for an array of electronic and industrial purposes.

Serious Tequila Aficionados Generally Don’t Do Shots.  Instead,  they sip tequila from a special tequila glass or brandy snifter. That way, the agave flavours and aromas can be properly enjoyed.

A Bottle Of Tequila Can Last Unopened For Years. But really, does yours stay unopened for that long??

However, once you open a bottle, you have about one to two months before oxidation and evaporation lower the quality of the tequila and destroys the agave profile. So, you want to drink up within 3 to 6 months, at which point it becomes more like a bourbon.Tequila1

HEALTH FACTS (YES, that’s right).

Studies have shown that if consumed in moderation, tequila can cut the risk of dementia by 37%.

It also has a component that can help lower LDL levels, aka bad cholesterol.

Unlike other forms of alcohol, tequila is not a depressant.

As with most alcohol, tequila can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 30-40%.

The blue agave plant has components that can help stimulate the immune system and fight obesity.

 Just make sure to enjoy it responsibly.

Photos: d. king

Source for facts: huffington post, Buzzfeed.com

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