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Monday, March 21 • 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Mezcal + Tequila 101: The Agave Spirits Institute

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As you may know, mezcal consumption in the United States surpassed Mexico for the first time ever. Considering tequila is a $3 billion industry and mezcal is a $90 million industry in the US, there is no better time to get educated on why agave spirits are so important.

In this class led by Certified Sommelier and Mezcalier Daniel Rodriguez, you will learn practical and theoretical information necessary to understand the process from a wild-harvested plant to the final agave spirit. Expect to learn about the following topics in a condensed class on agave spirits:
· Understanding Organoleptic Evaluation
· Mezcal Denomination of Origin
· Diversity of Agave Species
· Differences Between Mezcal + Tequila
· Artisanal, Industrial and Ancestral Production of Mezcal
· Professional Evaluation of Mezcal (14 different mezcal styles)
· Analysis of Qualities and Faults in Mezcal
Founded in 2020, Agave Spirits Institute (ASI) was founded with the mission of educating ambassadors of agave spirits by sharing and protecting ancestral knowledge, understanding quality, and preserving the biodiversity of the agave plant. The ASI Mezcal Certification Course uses proprietary evaluation methodology designed after the INAO technical sensory techniques.

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Daniel Rodriguez

Founder, Mezcalier, Sommelier, Agave Spirits Institute
After studying film in Mexico City, Daniel began to travel the world, documenting stories as diverse as shamanic practices in México or walking 500 miles crossing Spain doing the Way of Saint James. Working at a wine bar in Madrid, and later as Tasting Room Manager at Texas’ Spicewood... Read More →

Monday March 21, 2022 4:15pm - 5:00pm PDT
LVCC South Hall, Room S223