From the heart of the maguey, and the soul of the village, Del Maguey Single Village™ Mezcal presents a new arrival to its Special Cask Finish Series, Del Maguey Mina Group Blend, released in the USA exclusively for Mina Group, a San Francisco-based restaurant management company led by James Beard award-winning Chef and Owner Michael Mina. Just 450 bottles of the Single Village ™ Mezcal micro-expression were created and will be available exclusively in Mina Group’s 20 restaurants nationwide.
With many inspirations from fine friends along the way, this partnership continues to build upon Del Maguey founder Ron Cooper’s very first Special Cask Finish experiment in 2007, created for Park Avenue Liquor in New York City, NY.
“The Del Maguey Special Cask Finish Series is the result of our passion for experimentation, bringing new flavor experiences to the world,” says Ron. “Michael Mina is always seeking out innovative ways to bring harmony and balance into his life, and into his restaurants.”
Using Jarnac French Oak, this original Special Cask Finish liquid surprises up-front with the soft tannins of a Napa cabernet sauvignon coming through from its time in the barrel, and lemon and tangerine on the palate. French oak tones carry through to the finish with notes of sweet, smoky cranberry.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to taste what you could call Single Village, Single Cask Mezcal, which to my knowledge, is something that had never been imagined before Ron decided to create experimental aging at Del Maguey” said Steve Olson, aka wine geek, collaborator on the Del Maguey Mina Group Blend.
This release is the latest evolution of Mina Group’s forward-thinking beverage program, which has made their own batches of Willett Bourbon and labels of Iron Horse wines in past years.
“We’re very excited to offer more and more private labels in our restaurants and bars across the country,” stated Mina Group beverage director, Daniel Grajewski. “We are Mezcal fanatics and we’re finding our guests are fans of unique, smoky spirit as well.” Mina Group currently offers a Mezcal Last Word, a take on the classic Gin cocktail, as well as a Mezcal-rita with a spiced salt rim.
The Special Cask Finish Single Village Mezcal will be available in Mina Group restaurants across the country beginning August 1. Guests are encouraged to contact their local Mina Group restaurant for exact date of availability. Restaurants will offer a new Mezcal service in honor of the release.
ABOUT Del Maguey
Del Maguey Single Village™ Mezcal was founded in 1995 by internationally renowned artist and Mezcal visionary, Ron Cooper, introducing the world to previously unavailable 100% certified organic, artisanal Mezcal produced the original handcrafted way. Through deep cultural relationships with Zapotec Mexican Indian producers in the remote villages of Oaxaca, Mexico, Del Maguey harnesses ancient, original organic processes. Combining these methods with varying micro-climates and terroir gives each creation its own unique, rich, sweet and smoky character. Every product in our collection is made by individual family palenqueros (producers) in old-style villages. We are the first producer to credit each product after the village where our liquid is made. When you see our beautiful green bottles you know its Del Maguey. www.mezcal.com
ABOUT MINA GROUP
Mina Group Inc. is a San Francisco-based restaurant management company specializing in creating and operating upscale, innovative restaurant concepts. Mina Group is led by Chef/Owner Michael Mina whose accolades include James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, Food Arts Silver Spoon Award Winner, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, and International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year. Operating since 2002, Mina Group currently manages 22 restaurant properties including MICHAEL MINA in San Francisco (Esquire Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year 2011); BOURBON STEAK and CLOCK BAR at The Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco; RN74 at Millennium Tower in San Francisco and RN74 at the Joshua Green Building in Seattle; PABU and THE RAMEN BAR at 101 California in San Francisco; BOURBON STEAK & PUB at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara; STRIPSTEAK at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; MICHAEL MINA Bellagio at Bellagio in Las Vegas; MICHAEL MINA 74 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach; LOCALE MARKET and FARMTABLE KITCHEN at Sundial St. Petersburg in Florida; and THE HANDLE BAR in Jackson Hole. For a complete list of restaurants please visit http://michaelmina.net.
Mina is also the founder of The Michael Mina Wine Club. The wines are sourced from many of the same producers featured on wine lists in a number of the Michael Mina restaurants and offers two tiers of membership: Wines of Consequence and Hidden Gems. Both tiers include six bottles per shipment delivered every three months. For more information please visit www.minawineclub.com
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