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Tintorera treats Silver Lake to mezcal and Mexican wine

Tintorera Silver Lake

A wooden fence painted turquoise marks the entrance to Tintorera.

SILVER LAKE – Mezcal and the prized wines of the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California are the main focus of Tintorera’s bar menu, LA Weekly reports.

There has been an obvious void of Mexican wines in particular on most wine lists nationwide. The L.A. Times has blamed “sketchy brand awareness and an erratic distribution system.” But demand is growing.  The New York Times notes a boom in touring the Valle de Guadalupe —  a wine country experience with “grit that can’t be found in Napa or Sonoma,” the Times said.

Tintorera’s chef/sommelier Maycoll Calderón is finding ways to bring more of that wine north of the border. “Many people in the United States have no idea they are producing such good wine in Mexico because they haven’t had the opportunity to try it,” he told the Weekly.

And while mezcal definitely has a presence in the Los Angeles bar scene, the Weekly notes an important contribution from Tintorera – a focus on mezcal cocktails.

Tintorera is on the 2800 block of Sunset Blvd.

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