How to become a tequila connoisseur for under $35.
My knowledge of tequila is very basic. I know that the kitchen staff at the pizza shop where I worked in San Diego loves Cazadores–you know, the one with the deer on the bottle. I also know that within seconds of ingesting the free shots of tequila handed out in Tijuana nightclubs my stomach seizes up into a void of emptiness.
Sure, I have had good tequila, well, I guess okay tequila before (nothing over $7 a shot). And like most hard alcohol, the better the quality, the smoother it seems to go down. But I’d like to know more about it, especially since I can import it myself directly from Mexico. (U.S. Customs allows one litre of tequila to be brought through the border crossing.) Unfortunately, the road to tequila connoisseurship is not a cheap one. Or is it?
For one weekend out of the year, you can become a connoisseur of tequila for as much as a bottle of the award winning El Agave Reposado Tequila ($32) costs at BevMo. Yes, you’ve heard me right. Each October, San Diego’s sultry sister to the south plays host to the Tijuana Tequila Festival and Expo, and for $30 you can grab a day tour from downtown San Diego to the expo on Avenida Revolucion. The price of the tour includes round trip transportation to the festival, two shots of free tequila on the ride down and expo admission, which equates to the free, unlimited sampling of more than 100 tequilas. And I’m willing to put money on the table that if you sample that much tequila, you will be–at least for the rest of the evening–one confident connoisseur.
But wait, didn’t you just say it was $32?
Good, you’re paying attention. Yes, I’ve budgeted in the extra $2 for the three for $1 street tacos that fill Tijuana’s corridors. Cut fresh from a rotating beef slab, these tacos are ideal for soaking up mediocre and cheap tequila, as for expensive tequila, well after spending an all-nighter enjoying the Tijuana nightlife, you’ll just have to let me know about that.
For more information about the Tequila Tour, you can check out the Tijuana Tequila Expo.
Editors note: We have not been on this tour, nor have we had any contact with this company. Beth and I just thought this sounded like a great deal, so we decided to share the information with our readers.
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