Honing Palate & How to Make a Tequila with Spirits Whisperer Virginia Miller

Published October 5, 2022, at Edible LA Magazine, I thank Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Lisa Alexander for this interview:

If there’s anyone who knows about palate, it’s Virginia Miller. For fifteen years she’s been a dining, cocktail, spirits and drink writer and editor, as well as a professional spirits awards judge for umpteen global awards (as well as a dining, bars and cocktail judge). Edible LA first met her at a farm-to-table dinner in Stinson Beach, in the Bay Area, and we couldn’t stop comparing notes. We knew right away that Virginia was the ‘real’ thing, someone who knew a crazy amount about spirits and whiskeys and just about any kind of food. In the most recent chapter in her professional life (which includes being the W. North America Academy Chairperson for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants,) Virginia has had the kind of dreamboat experience the rest of us only fantasize about: she was the nose and palate — and for two years, the co-creator behind — a new tequila with an established global brand, Avion, part of one of the biggest spirit companies in the world, Pernod Ricard. What was that like? She says it all comes down to the palate. But what is a palate? Is it something we’re born with, or something we learn?

Article here: www.ediblela.com/news/how-to-make-a-tequila-101-with-spirits-whisperer-virginia-miller

Agave pinas at Avion/Olmeca distillery in Arandas, Mexico