In September of 2006, Joanne Weir started talking about tequila. She was delighted to learn that, like her, many women don't just like tequila, they love it: They savor it with meals; drink it slowly from a snifter; and mix it with seasonal ingredients in experimental cocktails. Fueled by this realization, Weir created Agave Girls to help these women share their enthusiasm for fine tequila.
This time around, we're switching things up in honor of "Mezcal March!" Join PBS Chef, author of Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food, Tequila: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails and Bites, and the original Agave Girl Joanne Weir for an incredible evening of mezcal, tasting and fun with Copita Tequileria y Comida and special sponsor Mezcal Vago.
Gather the girls and get ready to be educated on the mezcal making process by the sponsor himself. Don't worry, we've got some fun facts for you so you don't show up empty-handed. (Any teacher's pets out there?)
- Tequila and mezcal are produced in different states of Mexico (though there is overlap).
- Tequila can only be made, by law, with one variety agave: the Blue Agave. Mezcal can be made with upwards of 30 varieties of agave.
- The production process for mezcal is different from tequila which leads to a distinctly different flavor profile.
The night doesn't end there! Enjoy passed appetizers and a tasting flight of mezcal from one of Joanne's personal favorite Mezcal producers, Mezcal Vago, followed by a three course dinner paired with mezcal cocktails. Wait...there's more! Another special guest for the evening will be the man himself, Judah Emanuel Kuper, owner of Mezcal Vago. Aside from getting the meet both Joanne and Judah, guests will also have the opportunity to win fantastic prizes and be awarded with special gifts.
If you love mezcal and great food, you won't want to miss this exciting and enlightening evening!