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Where is Salta? Tucked away in the Northwest corner of Argentina, Salta claims the world’s highest elevation vineyards that soar up to over 9,000 feet. The rocky terroir, high-desert climate and vast day-to-night temperature fluctuations create ideal growing conditions for the Torrontes and Tannat grapes, two grapes practically indigenous to Salta. The center of all wine production is in Cafayate, a four hour round trip from the city of Salta, with over two dozen wineries.How is Salta different from Mendoza? First, Salta is small, and a limited water supply guarantees that it will always be small. There are only 6,000…
Benchmark: A standard or point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed. For the past 25 years the winemaking team at Patz & Hall has been making benchmark wines – handcrafting small-lot, single-vineyard wines, with an exclusive focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In 1988, Don Patz and James Hall struck up a close friendship while working together at Flora Springs Winery, and they found they had a mutual enthusiasm for a rich and compelling style of wine made by applying traditional winemaking techniques to fruit from elite, small vineyards. To achieve their goal of crafting exceptional…
  Agave: A succulent native to Mexico and the SW United States with a large rosette of thick fleshy leaves. Anejo: "old", a mezcal aged at least 1 year in barrel Con Gusano: "with worm", a marketing ploy started in the 40's where the larvae of a moth are placed in the finished bottle of mezcal. It is now illegal to market agave spirit with bugs in it as mezcal. Joven: "young", a mezcal that is not barrel aged. Maguey: the Mexican term for an agave plant. Mezcal: a distilled alcoholic beverage made from agave. Mezcalero: a distiller of mezcal…
For years, mezcal has been relegated to obscurity - tequila was the only agave spirit anyone wanted to talk about. But now, thanks in part to a resurgent cocktail culture, mezcal is experiencing a revolución! Small traditional producers are being pushed into the spotlight as savvy drinkers are discovering this bold and flavorful spirit and enthusiastically seeking out different bottlings to explore, compare, and share with friends. But, what is mezcal? Technically, all spirits made from the agave plant are mezcal, but unlike tequila, which can only be made from the Blue Agave, mezcal can be made from upwards of…