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One way to sample various tequilas is to go to a bar and SLOWLY Sip & Savor several shots with a friend and talk about what you experience (but WATCH OUT & don't be driving!!!!). AND by the way, think about having a tomato/chili based chaser juice drink (like la Viuda) to sip after every sip of tequila. Like pamper your palate like a lady (or gentleman) yeahhhh.... ahhhh......
Depending on what kind of bar you go to (avoid cheaper dives/holes down in the redlight zone who might adulter/water/cheat you -- stick to the middle and highclass spots) you will pay anything from two dollars a shot to five. Cesar's bar, for example, in the hotel on Revolution between 4th and 5th, usually has a good selection but they'll charge you more than the Patio/Turistico halfway up plaza Santa Cecilia on the left from the big metal arch. But then, Cesar's has history and somewhat fading high-class ambience, while the Turistico is such a classic cantina with an actual shrine area in back and a healthy mix of working people and artists, and as near as we can tell, the tequilas are really what the lables say -- they taste right, each different and good.
Any fancy or semi-fancy restaurant downtown or in the river zone, which has a bar and cocktail lounge, will have a good selection of tequilas for your drinking pleasure at anything from three dollars a shot and on up up up. Besides that, most of these clubs have musical entertainment in the evenings.
Mexico is famous for its distilled agave liquor of tequila (and mezcal -- usually cheaper). Tequila comes in a variety of tastes, from fiery to clear-smooth to sweet, but all good and strong, and some of the pricier ones deceptively smooth. ¡Aguas! (Be careful!) Daniel thinks the wilder, rougher ones taste magnificent with pure lemon juice and ice, but we (Mike & Charlotte) like to take any tequila whatsoever with a good chili/tomato chaser... like we already said. It gives a sublime counterpoint to any experience. Clears the palate nicely, and es una delicia especial if you're tasting different tequilas.
Tequila most often should be, sipped, not gulped like gringo cowboy movies. Shots are simply one extreme exercize of a really harsh drink.
Baja California is a wine producing region. If you go to any art opening you might brush up against one -- but others get served, too. Ask to see the bottle when it's poured if you want to know what you're tasting. Local varietals include a merlot and nebiola, cabernet, sweet "white" (actually pinkish) zinfandel sometimes called a rosé, chardonay and... hey, Dan'l, what's that lightly sweet German one... you know, the Castillo something or another from Cetto? No? Well, frack dude, what am I going to put down now? Huh? Voice recognition what do you meannnn.... oh oh....
Ahem. Hem. Well, L.A. Cetto, Santo Tomas, Bacardi, those are some of the names thrown around. The grapes grow in the coastal valleys south of here, on the slopes and plains toward the first mountains, where the clouds and fog sometimes come, and the sun is in the southern edge of a northern climate.
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