Support NOM 70 - Know what goes into your bottle!
Wouldn't you like to know what's being poured into your glass? If the answer is yes, then make your voice heard by signing the petition in support of NOM 70. The last petition I asked you to sign (against NOM 199), is vitally important to mezcalero communities in Mexico and consumers abroad. But it's not enough to stop the industrialization of an ancient spiritual practice. We also have to rally behind laws made that support those traditions.
" - Mezcal is clearly defined as being 100% agave, with all input materials grown, produced and bottled within the DO.
- It can range between 36-55% alcohol.
- All bottles will be labeled as one of three types of mezcal:
1) Mezcal: Industrial mezcals
2) Mezcal Artesanal: Hand made but with some mechanization.
3) Mezcal Ancestral: Completely hand made with purely traditional processes.
"Each category has very clear definitions of each processing step including harvest, cooking, crushing, fermentation, and distillation. Additionally, classes are now defined - blanco, madurado en vidrio, reposado, añejo, abocado con and destilado con. There is more information with the specifics of what is required on labels, etc-- the entire document can be found here.
"As Hipocrates Nolasco, who leads the CRM (the governing body of mezcal) told the recent Future of Mezcal panel in San Francisco,
the voices of consumers and bartenders in North America are vital to the process.
"Like it or not, we are the major consumers of mezcal so we have a major say in the process."