I’m in Acapulco, it must be Tequila

It’s been a hectic, but extremely fun few weeks. First, sailing in the Pacific Northwest, squeezing in a few days of work, then soaking up sun in Acapulco. Ahh, this is how life should always be. I’m trying something new with Wineyworks, writing shorter, but more often. So, here goes. Let me know what you think.

Centenario Tequila

Centenario Tequila

Remember I told you I grew up in a bar and the liquor bottles were my inspiration for becoming a package designer? Well here’s one of those lovely bottles. My arrival in Acapulco started out with tamarind margaritas. Then one of my cohorts did a little shopping for some fun sipping tequila to take home. More than the label, I love the shape and detail on the bottle. The beautiful vertical ribbing makes it as rich to view as to sip. A debossed area houses a wax seal of an agave plant.

Gold embossed agave plant

Gold embossed agave plant

Did you know that like champagne, tequila is proprietary to its region? Mexican laws state that tequila can be produced only in the state of Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Guanijuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas (wiki/Tequila). Over 200 million blue agave plants are grown in several regions of Mexico, but in recent years the ability of farmers to meet demand has been in question (Agave_tequilana). So we’d better do our drinking research while we can.

Blue Agave Farm, Michoacan Mexico

Blue Agave Farm, Michoacan Mexico

I’m not sure why hard liquors come in customized bottles and wines are usually in off-the-shelf glass. Perhaps the wine guys could take a tip or two from their higher alcohol cousins. A beautifully designed bottle could be a nice point of differentiation for a wine.

Next entry, a cool wine from Chile, via Mexico. See you then.

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