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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.http://ezinearticles.com/?Competing-Theories-of-the-Roots-of-Agave-Distillation-in-Mexico&id=9729417Alvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca (…See More
Jun 15
Alvin Starkman posted a blog post

Marijuana and Mezcal in Oaxaca: Pleasant Bedfellows

Here's my latest article about mezcal distilled with marijuana: http://www.oaxacamezcaltours.com/mezcal-blog/category/marijuana-mezcalAlvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca (www.mezcaleducationaltours.com)See More
Jun 8
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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:http://tequilaaficionado.com/2017/03/31/artisanal-mezcal-in-oaxaca-25-years-hence-no-two-batches-are-different/Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca (www.mezcaleducationaltours.com)See More
Mar 31
Alvin Starkman posted a blog post

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:http://ezinearticles.com/?Education-and-Artisanal-Mezcal-Production-in-Oaxaca,-Mexico&id=9656937Alvin Starkman  - Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca (…See More
Mar 3
Alvin Starkman posted a blog post

Corn Whiskey Made in Oaxaca: Move Over Mezcal

Whatever took so long, about 10,000 years in the making:http://www.oaxacamezcaltours.com/mezcal-blog/category/whiskey-mexicoAlvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of OaxacaSee More
Sep 23, 2016
Alvin Starkman posted a blog post

Literature and Mezcal Pairing with Oaxaca Regional Cuisine Make Great Bedfellows

Here's a recent blog post from someone I finally met personally a couple of nights ago, combining his love for literary endeavours with his new-found passion for mezcal, explained within the context of his impression of a pairing evening (mezcal with Oaxacan food) we attended a couple of evenings ago.Alvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of OaxacaSee More
Aug 27, 2016
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Jul 10, 2016
Alvin Starkman posted a blog post

Methanol and Mezcal: The Facts and the Myths

My most recent article, with the topic placed in a global perspective:http://ezinearticles.com/?Mezcal,-Methanol,-Moonshine-and-Myth&id=9442830Alvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca (http://www.mezcaleducationaltours.com)See More
Jun 14, 2016
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Marketing Mezcal: Kimo Sabe is no Tonto

Here's my latest musing, looking at how at least one mezcal marketing maven is actually targeting the hippie generation, at least in my humble opinion:http://ezinearticles.com/?Marketing-Mezcal:-Kimo-Sabe-Is-No-Tonto&id=9421606Alvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of OaxacaSee More
May 25, 2016
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Mezcal in Oaxaca: Its Impact on Tourism Based on Mexico Travelers' Perceptions

Is mezcal tourism really having a significant impact on travelers' perceptions of "the best" relative to what's happening in the rest of the country?  Here's an analysis based upon the tripadvisor.com travelers choice awards for 2016http://ezinearticles.com/?Can-Mezcal-in-Oaxaca-Raise-the-Mexican-States-Profile-for-International-Tourism?&id=9378299Alvin…See More
Apr 11, 2016
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Considering Living Abroad, In Retirement Or For Working? Already Done It?

Published just yesterday, and available on amazon.com, this book ( http://todaysexpats.com/ ) consists of 31 chapters, each written by a different expat now residing in a different part of the world than his/her home country. Great read for all, but especially anyone considering a lifestyle change, approaching retirement, not approaching retirement but looking at options abroad to speed up retirement, or for anyone interested in learning why a Toronto…See More
Apr 9, 2016
Alvin Starkman posted a blog post

Mezcal Bars in Oaxaca: Has the Number Reached the Saturation Point?

Here's my most recent article, about why Oaxaca has not yet reached the saturation point for its mezcalerías, with no end in sight.http://ezinearticles.com/?Oaxaca%2c-Mexicos-Mezcalerias-Reaching-Spirits-Saturation-Point?&id=9368487Alvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca (…See More
Mar 30, 2016
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Mar 28, 2016
Alvin Starkman posted a blog post

Lawyers and Career Alternatives: Mezcal Tours in Mexico

An interview with me was recently conducted by a bright young woman interested in what lawyers who do not want to practice law can do to fulfill their lives.  Move to Mexico and conduct mezcal tours?  You got it.  Here it is:http://www.legalnomads.com/2016/03/mezcal-alvin-starkman.htmlAlvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca                           (…See More
Mar 6, 2016
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Feb 14, 2016
Alvin Starkman posted a blog post

Mezcal in Oaxaca: Dogmatism Amongst the "Experts"

Here's my most recent article about mezcal in Oaxaca, centering upon the overly dogmatic commentaries and opinions of some of the "experts" in the industry:http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Dogma-of-Mezcal-in-Oaxaca:-Are-the-Experts-Harming-the-Industry?&id=9218603Alvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca (…See More
Nov 4, 2015

Profile Information

Do you live in the Mexico, the US or Canada
Mexico
Where in Mexico would you like to live?
Oaxaca
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 (http://www.casamachaya.com) and with Chef Pilar Cabrera Oaxaca Culinary Tours (http://www.oaxacaculinarytours.com). I am a mezcal and pulque aficionado (some say expert) and have a further website, http://www.oaxaca-mezcal.com 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 http://www.tripadvisor.com. 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.
Do you have any websites for your business or websites you would like to refer someone?
http://www.oaxacadream.com
Website Address?
http://www.oaxacaculinarytours.com
Website Address?
http://www.oaxaca-mezcal.com
How did you hear about Mexico-My Space?
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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.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Competing-Theories-of-the-Roots-of-Agave-Distillation-in-Mexico&id=9729417

Alvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of…

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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: 

http://www.oaxacamezcaltours.com/mezcal-blog/category/marijuana-mezcal

Alvin Starkman - Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca (www.mezcaleducationaltours.com)

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:

http://tequilaaficionado.com/2017/03/31/artisanal-mezcal-in-oaxaca-25-years-hence-no-two-batches-are-different/

Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca (…

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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:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Education-and-Artisanal-Mezcal-Production-in-Oaxaca,-Mexico&id=9656937

Alvin Starkman  - Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca (…

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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:

http://www.oaxacamezcaltours.com/mezcal-blog/category/whiskey-mexico

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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