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Tasting event Mexico in a Bottle is the party of the year 

This year's celebration of agave spirits features more than 100 options.

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click to enlarge Quiote provides some food to soak up all the mezcal.

Quiote provides some food to soak up all the mezcal.

Danielle A. Scruggs

If, like me, you've fallen under the spell of agave spirits, you know the tasting event Mexico in a Bottle is the party of the year. Graduating from its increasingly crowded original digs at the Chop Shop, the 2018 incarnation of the festival is moving into roomier quarters at the Logan Square Auditorium, all the better for one to easily glide among more than 100 bottles from mezcaleros both established and unsung, more than of their destilados new to Chicago. Complimentary bites from Carnitas Uruapan, Dos Urban Cantina, Dove's Luncheonette, Presidio, and Quiote are there to help keep you tethered to the floor while engaging with the brains that can tell you everything you want to know about mezcal, raicilla, sotol, bacanora, and more. Short of selling all your possessions and moving to Mexico (something maybe you should consider), it's the best way to get a grip on the huge variety in flavor, aroma, terroir—and story—that this magical juice is capable of. Sunday, October 14, 3 PM. Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie. Tickets are $60-$75.   v

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