A growing body of academic work indicates that the DOs, NOMs, and regulatory bodies of Mexico are failing to protect the people, cultures, and natural resources of these regions. Critics of Mexico’s DOs argue that they function more as standard business or trade associations – emphasizing volume, market share, and gross profits over the protection of the well-being of traditional producers and their social and natural environments.Continue reading
Mexico’s Secretariat of the Economy (SE) has sanctioned and fined the Mezcal Regulatory Council (CRM) for “deceptive, abusive” practices over the past three years. In two strongly worded June 30 rulings (oficios), the Director General de Normas painted a damning picture of the CRM’s behavior since 2017, and imposed total fines of over one million pesos ($45,000 USD). The rebukes conclude with a stern warning that repeated instances of the violations could result in the SE revoking the CRM’s mandate to certify mezcal.Continue reading
My new favorite tequila isn’t really a tequila, legally. It was made by a man whose family has been making tequila for centuries longer than laws defining tequila have existed.Continue reading
I’m about to share some very intimate details of my life with you.
Well, kind of. I’m an extremely private person, despite the intensely social nature of my work. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing more about my day-to-day life than I ever have before.Continue reading