If tequila is your thing, you have to make time to visit Guadalajara (specifically Tequila), Mexico.
Full transparency, I was pretty nervous about my most recent trip to Mexico. Between the State Department alerts and news reports of drug activity, robberies, and kidnappings; I was a little unsettled. Looking back, it was no worse than visiting New York City … you have to be on your guard everywhere these days.
Back to regularly scheduled programming…Guadalajara is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Jalisco. This is where tequila calls home. Similar to how cognac has to be made in the Cognac region of France, Mexican laws state that tequila can be produced only in the state of Jalisco (and limited regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas). Even more, the U.S. officially recognizes that spirits called tequila can only be produced in Mexico.
While I was there I was lucky enough to ‘work’ in the agave fields, experience traditional music and dance, and (drum roll, please) …. drink a lot of tequila! Cheers!