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Alvin Starkman
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Do you live in the Mexico, the US or Canada
Where in Mexico would you like to live?
What city and state
Oaxaca, Mexico
If in Mexico, how long have you resided there?
9 years permanently, and before that periodically beginning in 1991
Tell us about yourself, type of business, last employment
I have an M.A. in Social Anthropology from Toronto's York University, and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. I co-own with my wife Arlene Casa Machaya Oaxaca Bed & Breakfast ( and with Chef Pilar Cabrera Oaxaca Culinary Tours ( I am a mezcal and pulque aficionado (some say expert) and have a further website, where I try to collate English language writings about these two alcoholic beverages. I provide general, culinary and mezcal tours to visitors to Oaxaca, fully personalized. I am the Oaxaca Destination Expert for I regularly consult to documentary film companies working in Oaxaca. I have been on contract to the Mexican Government, writing to promote investment and tourism in Mexico. Since 2005 I have written over 280 articles about Oaxacan life and cultural traditons.
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Alvin Starkman's Blog

Distillation of Mezcal in Mexico: Competing Theories Beyond Fermentation of Baked Agave and Aguamiel (Pulque)

Here's a recently published article explaining the three predominant theories of the history of distillation (i.e. mezcal) in Mexico: indigenous or foreign, coconut or agave, clay or copper stills.

Alvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of…


Posted on June 15, 2017 at 6:24am

Marijuana and Mezcal in Oaxaca: Pleasant Bedfellows

Here's my latest article about mezcal distilled with marijuana:

Alvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca (

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 2:13pm

Artisanal Mezcal in Oaxaca Runs Risk of Falling into Mediocrity

Here's my most recent article exposing the risk for artisanal mezcal production in Oaxaca, if current trends continue:

Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca (…


Posted on March 31, 2017 at 8:30am

Mezcal Boom in Oaxaca Spells the Education of Distillers' Children

Here's a link to a brand new article about the education of the children of artisanal mezcal producers in Oaxaca, how it came about and industry/family implications:,-Mexico&id=9656937

Alvin Starkman  - Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca (…


Posted on March 3, 2017 at 2:32pm

Corn Whiskey Made in Oaxaca: Move Over Mezcal

Whatever took so long, about 10,000 years in the making:

Alvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca

Posted on September 23, 2016 at 12:09pm

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At 3:47pm on January 29, 2010, Carol Billups said…
¡Feliz Cumpleaños! from Cabo San Lucas, hope you have a great day!

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