Diamante Cristalino. Photo courtesy Penta Tequila
Do you have time? As we continue our extended stays at home, most of us do. Why not take advantage of this interruption in our daily lives to learn a new skill or to become a self-taught expert on a preferred topic? If one of your favorite subjects is tequila, read on. The Napa Valley founders of Penta Tequila share tips on how to expand your tequila knowledge.
Created by five longtime Napa Valley winemakers (Steve Reynolds, Mark Davidowski, Shawn Guttersen, Ron Davidowski, and Sean Thomas) who share a passion for tequila, Penta offers a range of three premium tequilas made from 100% blue agave blended from all five states of the Mexican Designation of Origin (DOT). Penta Añejo ($ 150), Reposado ($ 125), and Diamante Cristalino ($ 100) combine traditional winemaking techniques (e.g., a terroir approach to sourcing the best quality agaves and using champagne yeast for fermentation) ) with proven tequila manufacturing processes. offer the best of the world of wine and spirits. Each offers aromas and flavors of fragrant vanilla, rich caramel and toasted brown sugar interwoven with cooked agave, heady floral notes, a splash of fresh citrus and the subtle scent of spicy soil – the incredible result of master distillers, the five layers of taste never before mixed together.
Photo courtesy Penta Tequila
According to Penta founding member Steve Reynolds, the following can help any aspiring tequila lover learn more about this seductive spirit:
1.Open a map and improve your geographic skills:“Every aspiring tequila enthusiast should check out a map of Mexico. Try to understand the different regions, which in turn will help you understand where the specific flavors are coming from. With some of these insights, you may find that you have a new appreciation for all things agave. “
2.Read all about agaves:“There are some excellent books out there for those interested in learning more about tequila and its history. I recommend “How the Gringos Stole Tequila” by Chantal Martineau, and if you prefer something a little more visual, “The Spirit of Tequila” is full of beautiful photos by Joel Salcido. “
Agave fields. Photo courtesy Penta Tequila
3.Invest in quality glassware:“For me, the standard glass is not enough to concentrate the aromas and flavors of tequila. I prefer it straight from the refrigerator into a flute, a Stolzle Saki glass or a small wine glass.”
4thStream a documentary while you sip:“A film that will help you understand the magic and story behind the ghost isAgave: the spirit of the nation,I was honored to produce with Digital Cave Media. The documentary examines how the agave plant has long carried the weight of a culture and highlights those who try to protect it. “
5.Finally, invest in a great bottle of tequila:“Penta Diamante Cristalino is the perfect expression for an aspiring tequila enthusiast. This type of tequila is made using the same process as an añejo or reposado and then filtered with charcoal to remove the hues of color and wood while leaving rich, complex flavors and textures. I’m also a fan of Don Julio 70 and Herradura products – especially Reposado and Ultra, which are great quality for the price. “
Penta Añejo. Photo courtesy Penta Tequila