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FORMER PATRÓN MASTER DISTILLER FRANCISCO ALCARAZ DIES Making A Stir

FORMER PATRÓN MASTER DISTILLER FRANCISCO ALCARAZ DIES

April 9,2021

Francisco Alcaraz, the former master distiller of Patrón Tequila, passed away on Sunday 4 April in Guadalajara, Mexico, following longstanding health issues. He was 75.

Thought to have been the longest-serving master distiller in the Tequila sector, Alcaraz had a career in the Tequila industry that spanned more than 50 years. Thirty years of that was spent at Patrón, a role he only retired from on 14 July 2020.

Credited with helping to establish the brand’s flavour profile, Alcaraz has been praised for helping to shape Patrón into a global brand. Played a key role in the category’s boom in the US, Alcaraz has been described as a pioneer in the ultra-premium Tequila sector.

“His remarkable career set the Tequila standard for excellence and his dedication to crafting the world’s finest Tequila will continue to be the essence of the Patrón,” the brand said.

“He personified the passion and unshakable confidence that guides Patrón in both spirit and practice. As a mentor and ambassador, Francisco personally trained the team who have since carried on his legacy.

“Thanks to his vision, Patrón is able to make the best Tequila in the hardest way possible. His unrelenting commitment to using the finest ingredients and preserving the traditional means of Tequila-making has allowed Patrón to be additive-free from the beginning.

“He will be missed by the many lives he touched, and his legacy will live on in every sip of Patrón,” it added.

Alcaraz is survived by his wife Teresa, four children, and six grandchildren.

FORMER PATRÓN MASTER DISTILLER FRANCISCO ALCARAZ DIES Making A Stir

CURATIF ACHIEVES DOUBLE WIN AT WORLD PREMIX AWARDS 2021

May 14,2021

Australia’s Curatif has won World’s Best Classic Cocktail & World’s Best Contemporary Cocktail at the World Premix Awards 2021

The canned cocktail brand won the World’s Best Classic Cocktail for its Tequila Tromba Margarita and World’s Best Contemporary Cocktail for its Black Pearl collab Toreador.

“To receive this recognition against incredible cocktails from around the world is a true honour and a testament to our relationships with the world’s best crafted spirits,” said Matt Sanger, Managing Director and Co-founder, Curatif.

Less than two years since launching, the Aussie start-up has also claimed seven medals including a Double Gold and two further Golds at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), one of the world’s most respected spirits competitions, cementing its world-class status among global talent.

Demand for canned cocktails is accelerating at pace, with the global canned cocktail market forecast to grow more than sixfold over the next 10 years, from US $25B in 2020 to US $155B in 20301.

Canned cocktails are a sub-segment of the premixed drinks category, which grew by 30.2 per cent in 2019/20 in Australia and are expected to see continued growth in 2021 and beyond.

For more information on Curatif, go to curatif.com or connect with the brand on their socials via @curatif

FORMER PATRÓN MASTER DISTILLER FRANCISCO ALCARAZ DIES Making A Stir

SKYY VODKA RELAUNCHES WITH INNOVATIVE NEW LIQUID

May 5,2021

Iconic, global Vodka brand Skyy has announced a relaunch that includes a new, modern pack design and liquid refresh formulated to enhance the vodka + soda.

First launched in San Francisco in 1992 as the first American quadruple-distilled and triple-filtered vodka, Skyy is once again challenging category standards. Designed for a new generation of vodka drinkers, the new liquid focuses on creating a better vodka +soda.

Exploring naturally occurring elements found in the coastal waters surrounding San Francisco, the brand brought together a diverse collective of experts including chemists, professional bartenders, and a water sommelier.

These minerals impart a subtle salinity and minerality to the liquid, designed to pair perfectly with soda water and a grapefruit twist – SKYY’s signature pour.

The result is a liquid that is fresh and clean on the nose with a hint of fruit and toasted grain, coupled with a clean, smooth taste on the palate.

“In the vodka world, filtration reigns supreme. But we think that what defines a premium liquid experience isn’t what you take out of it, it’s what you put into it,” said Andrea Sengara, vice president of marketing of Campari America. “Inspired by the pure, clean and refreshing essence of the Pacific, SKYY Vodka is proud to return to its roots by challenging category norms to stand out in a sea of sameness.”

Skyy’s refreshed packaging design is also inspired by the natural beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area. The new bottle is a lighter, more natural blue tone, with ripples and ridges that reflect the waves of the Pacific Ocean.

FORMER PATRÓN MASTER DISTILLER FRANCISCO ALCARAZ DIES Making A Stir

DIXIE VODKA TEAMS WITH CELEBRATED NASCAR DRIVER TONY STEWART

May 4,2021

Charleston craft Vodka brand, Dixie Vodka, has announced a partnership with Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas Racing, one of NASCAR’s most celebrated drivers.

The partnership represents a natural extension for Dixie Vodka, which is also the first Official Vodka of NASCAR and serves as the title sponsor for the Dixie Vodka 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway each February.

“The opportunity to partner with legendary driver Tony Stewart is exciting for everyone on the Dixie team and further expands our presence in the motorsports world,” says Matti Anttila, founder and CEO of Grain & Barrel Spirits, the parent company of Dixie Vodka. “Already the Official Vodka of NASCAR, we are quickly becoming the go-to vodka for motorsports fans across the country.”

The partnership will recognise Dixie Vodka as the Official Vodka of Tony Stewart, as well as the Official Vodka of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH and the Official Vodka of the All Star Circuit of Champions.

To celebrate the collaboration, Dixie Vodka has created a new, ready-to-drink canned cocktail called “Tony’s Tea,” which will debut this June, alongside a series of three other canned cocktails from the brand. Tony’s Tea features a combination of iced tea and lemonade spiked with Dixie Vodka’s award-winning flagship Southern Vodka.

“I’m always on the go, but that doesn’t mean I sacrifice quality for speed. That’s why I partnered with Dixie Vodka,” Stewart said. “Their attention to detail is second to none, and when we were looking to create a great-tasting and ready-to-drink cocktail, Dixie Vodka delivered. Ice it and open it and Tony’s Tea is ready to go. I’m looking forward to working with Matti and his team at Dixie Vodka to introduce this line of canned cocktails to our fans.”

For more information, go to dixievodka.com

FORMER PATRÓN MASTER DISTILLER FRANCISCO ALCARAZ DIES Making A Stir

HUDSON WHISKEY DISTILLER GABLE ERENZO DIES

May 1,2021

The spirits community is mourning the death of Hudson Whiskey co-founder Gable ‘Gabe’ Erenzo, who died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 41, according to a Facebook announcement by his father, Ralph Erenzo.

The post read: “Gable worked tirelessly with his father Ralph to develop and nurture the Hudson Whiskey and Tuthilltown Spirits’ brands before travelling the world as Hudson’s first brand ambassador. His bold personality, genuine warmth, and sense of humour brought joy to anyone he encountered.

“During our early years, Gable’s unwavering determination fuelled our team with a passion and enthusiasm that continues to inspire our work today. We share our condolences with the entire Erenzo family and anyone else who was fortunate enough to know Gable.”

A spirits innovator, Erenzo and his father created two nationally popular spirits brands: Hudson Whiskey and Tuthilltown Spirits, with Erenzo also founding Gardiner Liquid Mercantile in Gardiner, New York.

FORMER PATRÓN MASTER DISTILLER FRANCISCO ALCARAZ DIES Making A Stir

TEQUILA OCHO CREATOR TOMAS ESTES DIES

April 29,2021

Tomas Estes, the tequila ambassador and co-founder of Tequila Ocho and London’s Café Pacifico, has passed away peacefully at his home in Oregan.

One of the drinks industry’s most loved and respected figures, Estes was instrumental in building the reputation of agave spirits around the world, as well as educating countless bartenders.

A statement on his Facebook page read: “It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that we share the news of Tomas Estes’s passing. He died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday 25th April, surrounded by family in Southern Oregon.

“For those of you who knew Tomas, you’ll know that he lived a full and rich life. There will forever will be a ‘Tomas-sized hole’ in the universe. His capacity for love and kindness was unbounded and deeper than any words could express. The world will be a less bright place for this loss.”

During his lifetime, Estes started 17 Mexican restaurants with bars in six countries, including England and France. In 2008, Estes co-founded Tequila Ocho, a single estate brand now sold in more than 20 countries. The brand was the result of a collaboration between Estes and the Camarena family, who produce Tequila Tapatio.

Estes was named an official ambassador for the National Chamber of the Tequila Industry (CNIT) in 2003 for his work on promoting Tequila across the world. He also penned a book, The Tequila Ambassador, which was nominated for Best New Book at Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards in 2013.

Tequila Ocho is calling on those who knew him to share their memories of Estes. “If you wish to commemorate Tomas’s life by posting your favourite photo(s) or stories of him, please use the hashtag #RememberingTomas so that we can see and share your memories,” via the brand’s Facebook.

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