Industry News

Del Maguey Appoints Misty Kalkofen as Director of Vino de Mezcal Series





        Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal has created the new position of   Director of Vino de Mezcal Series for Misty Kalkofen. Kalkofen joined the Del Maguey team in 2013 as East Coast Juez with the role of five-state market manager, and of educating trade and consumers on the history, philosophy and customs of the Del Maguey portfolio.



        “The Vino de Mezcal Series has become increasingly significant within the Del Maguey portfolio over the past couple of years,” says Del Maguey President Michael Gardner. 
“As Del Maguey continues to pave the way forward for the craft mezcal space, we are dedicated to being true to our culture through education,” he adds.



         The Vino de Mezcal Series is about bringing limited-production, terroir-driven mezcals from select varietals to the world. Some varietals are wild
; o thers are not. All are celebrated and known to the Zapotec palenqueros that honor Del Maguey with their wisdom.



        Before the notion of Mezcal or Tequila as spirit categories, agave based distillates throughout Mexico were traditionally referred to as “Vino de Mezcal,” with various creations enjoyed for centuries by the earliest cult fans. 



        Misty Kalkofen asserts “The creation of this role can be seen as a natural progression. Over the past couple of years, our Vino de Mezcal Series has grown quickly including the expansion of the varietals we use. We feature eight varietals in our portfolio: Espadin, Tobala, Azul, Arroqueno, Tepextate, Papalome, Barril and Madrecuixe.”



         In addition to the seven Vino de Mezcal’s currently available, new summer 2014 arrivals Barril and Madrecuixe bring the Series to a total of nine expressions.

What is THE TASTING PANEL?

THE TASTING PANEL Magazine is the nation's fastest-growing and most widely read trade publication for the alcoholic beverage industry. We have a readership of 90,000+ beverage industry insiders, including mixologists and bartenders, hotel F&B personnel, restaurateurs and wine directors, wine and spirits producers, suppliers, importers, distributors and retailers.

Who writes for THE TASTING PANEL?

We have an international network of experienced editors and writers who cover all aspects of the beverage trade, with a focus on today's most happening brands and the people who produce and use them.  Our stable of writers and photographers can and do cover stories across the country and abroad.

Do you accept freelance pitches?

We are not accepting freelance pitches at this time. However, if you are an experienced wine and/or spirits writer and have an interest in being assigned stories, you may send an email query and published writing samples to mmay@tastingpanelmag.com and you may be considered for upcoming assignments in your area of expertise or geographic locale, depending on our editorial needs.

How can I have my spirits brand or wine reviewed or otherwise featured in THE TASTING PANEL?

We accept samples year-round for consideration for possible review in both Meridith May's "Publisher's Picks" column and Anthony Dias Blue's "Blue Reviews" column. Please see our Sample Submission Guidelines.

If you are interested in having your brand covered in a custom feature story, contact our VP of Marketing and Advertising, Bill Brandel (bill@tastingpanelmag.com).

Do you host visiting spirits producers and winemakers?

We do often meet with winemakers visiting the Los Angeles area and taste with them in the tasting room in our offices in Encino. Please contact Meridith May (mmay@tastingpanelmag.com) to make arrangements.

THE TASTING PANEL, 17203 Ventura Blvd, Ste. 5, Encino, CA 91316
Content ©2014 THE TASTING PANEL magazine. All rights reserved