Wednesday Wine

In perfect harmony with our summer weather, Terry is introducing us today to a special drink of the non-wine variety.

Welcome to the Hotel California – Tequila That Is!!

Hotel California Tequila has written its own romantic, magical story for generations.  First, a name of a beloved landmark hotel originally opened in 1950 in a lush desert oasis in Baja, Mexico.  Now it is a reborn as a brand of exquisite artisanal tequila that is sure to take its place among the most coveted and celebrated spirits on the market.

Hotel California Tequila, is 100 percent Weber blue agave tequila, and infused with a history as colorful as that of the boutique hotel for which it is named.  With one taste of the Hotel California Blanco and Hotel California Reposado you will discover how evocative tequila can be.    This morning at 11 am I was sipping away and it was heavenly.  It is silky and elegant with toasted vanilla.

Mexican law is simple:  To earn its name, tequila must contain 51 percent of distilled spirit from the blue agave plant grown in government specified regions of Mexico.  All tequila shares this in common.  But this is where Hotel California Tequilas similarities to any other tequila end.  Hotel California Tequila is 100 percent Weber blue agave tequila, starting with select plants from more than two hundred pristine acres in the Jalisco, Mexico highlands that are distilled in small, boutique quality batches by workers intimately familiar with tequila production for generations.  The purest water sources ensure that the most important tequila component is flawless.

The hotel has origins as colorful as a Mexican sunset.  According to local history, a Chinese national named Chino Juan Tabasco built the hotel in 1950 as a destination inn to lure travelers to Baja.  During its life the hotel was home to a variety of enterprises and eventually fell into disrepair.  In 2002 Canadians John and Debbie Stewart took over the hotel, transforming it room by room to the boutique hotel that now is known for charming hostelry and destination dining.  The Stewarts partnered with Alejandro Blanco and David Weiler to create artisanal tequila worthy of the Hotel California name.

Signature Cocktails created by their Myxologist:


Hotel California Blanco, Orange Juice and Lime


Hotel California Anjeo , Orange Juice, Pineapple, Sour Mix, Agave Nectar

PINK LEMONADE (this sounds right up my alley)!!

Hotel California Blanco, Lemonade, Cointreau, Chambord


Hotel California Blanco, Peach Puree, Bellini Mix, Prosecco

The packaging is one of a kind – The soul of Mexican artistry is evident in every bottle of Hotel California Tequila.  The hand molded bottles are thick walled works of artisan fired glass affixed with hand inked labels that recall the craft of Mexican silver smithing.  The bottles, topped with a weighty pewter stopper, create a look unlike any other tequila bottle on the market; its rustic appearance belies careful engineering to ensure the protection of the tequilas unique flavor.

10 thoughts on “Wednesday Wine

  1. Love the packaging and of course the name is unforgettable. The Pink Lemondade and Peach champagne on ice both sounds yummy, wish we had some recipes. Thanks for the introduction.

  2. This looks amazing–and of course the packaging is gorgeous! I can’t wait to try this–in fact, I would like nothing better than to spend some time in person at the Hotel California and report on the cocktails right from the bar!

    xo Mary Jo

  3. Oh goodness, the bottle is gorgeous. I am not a tequila drinker, but I would buy this just for the bottle.
    Thank you for sharing, q, and have a great day!

  4. Well I’m fascinated to learn the orginal Hotel California isn’t even in CA :)
    I saw a piece on how they make tequila and found it very interesting – just like this post. I’m not much of a drinker but now I want to try this and the Pink Lemonade and Peach Champagne on Ice look like the perfect way to start. The bottle alone is fantastic.

  5. Well, I’ll say, Q. This is completely awesome and I am so happy to learn about their new product. This will be my gift to all my friends when I go to their home during the holidays. I absolutely love it! Big HOT Texas hug, my friend….

  6. Well, I do have a penchant for margaritas…but this Tequila looks gorgeous and I’m with you on that Pink Lemonade drink!!!

    And, I love it as a gift for Tequila loving friends…just add ribbon!

  7. O.K., what? No tongue in cheek references to the Eagles Hotel California? Combining the Hotel with a tequila brand is begging the chorus:
    “Last thing I remember, I was
    Running for the door
    I had to find the passage back
    To the place I was before
    ’relax,’ said the night man,
    We are programmed to receive.
    You can checkout any time you like,
    But you can never leave!

    I am surely the oldest person in our group. That was the 70’s but surely Hotel California has endured.

    • That was the first thing that came to mind as Hotel California from the Eagles is one of my favorites and I got to play drums with Glen Fry at La Quinta resorts last year!!

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