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Tasting at Casa del Barco in Richmond, Virginia

One beverage shines on Cinco de Mayo: tequila. And after my recent tasting with Michael Avery, beverage manager and resident expert at Richmond’s Casa del Barco, the Mexican spirit now shines for me year-round. Who knew there was so much to know?

We began with the Casa Noble Crystal, Patron Silver, and Siete Leguas Blanco – three clear tequilas. Next up was Asombroso La Rosa Reposado – aged for three months in vintage Bordeaux barrels, this premium tequila presents luscious notes of chocolate and berry. Sip this one neat!

We also tasted the Centinela Anejo, aged two years in American oak barrels. The Anejo presents with a light agave nose, honey, fruit and floral notes.

Oh, and I held a bottle of rare, expensive 1800 Coleccion Extra Anejo tequila. You can pick one up for yourself for around $1,500!

With over 130 tequilas at Casa del Barco, you too can be educated while treating your palate to some proper spirits. Can’t decide? The staff has been educated to help you decide, or you can peruse the detailed menu. Better yet, try one of Casa del Barco’s beverage flights, found on the last page of the menu!

Add to the spirits the food from Chef de Cuisine Zach Wingold (specials on Cinco de Mayo, but delightful choices all year long) and you’ve got a perfect pairing. Situated on the Canal Walk in downtown Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom, Casa del Barco is a wondrous place to celebrate any occasion – Cinco de Mayo, birthday, or just because.


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