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Sayulita tequila tasting with David: the journey to creating your own path

Looking for the best Sayulita tequila tasting? Let us introduce you to David, a Sayulita local who has opened his own business during the pandemic. At Mexico Insider, we make sure to support locals and we want to tell their stories!

David Vergara hosts Mexico Insider’s newest TV show, Legendary Eats, where he goes around town trying the most unique eats. We’ve known him for a while and we are personally close to him.

He is very outgoing, and always has that big smile on his face waving around town like the mayor. Everybody loves him. This is David and we’d like to inspire you with his journey to creating his own path.

If you have been to Sayulita, you’ve had a drink served to you by this well-known barman at either Don Patos or Cava.

Voted the Best Bartender in “The Best of Banderas Bay and Riviera Nayarit Reader’s Choice” in the Vallarta Tribune, David is well-known for his inspiring energy, friendly smile, and delicious cocktails.

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👋 Meet David: your tequila expert in Sayulita

David was born and raised in Mexico City where, before moving to Sayulita, he worked as a graphic designer for Fortune 500 companies. He first came to Sayulita in 2000 to visit his sister, who is a long-time resident of Sayulita.

He fell in love with the chill vibes, kind people, and fun nightlife and in 2014 he decided to pack up his car, leave the big city and drive straight to our lovely seaside pueblo.

David is a wealth of knowledge of Sayulita since he has done literally every job from working as a receptionist at the local co-working space to a property manager of some of the biggest villas in town.

He found his true calling when he began working as a bartender at Don Patos and Cava. There, he received his mixology certification and became a living encyclopedia on agave distillates.

David’s favorite part of his job at Cava is creating craft cocktails and sharing his wealth of knowledge about tequila’s delicious smokey cousin, mezcal. This was where David’s company was born.

He wanted to bring the knowledge he was sharing at the bar to people’s homes and villas to give them a private lesson on all the different agave distillates (Tequila, Mezcal, and Raicilla).

He found his true calling when he began working as a bartender at Don Patos and Cava.

📜 How it all started

In March of 2020, COVID-19 shut down the world along with all of the bars and restaurants in Sayulita. Instead of looking at this as a devastating time with no work, David took this as an opportunity to build on his own brand and services business.

His business began by responsibly bringing the experience of the bars and restaurants to the homes and villas of people visiting during this wacky time.

David and his team come to people’s homes, hotels, or villas (with masks and gloves of course) and create experiences including private bartenders, chefs, fire dancers, and even a tattoo artist. This is where his business slogan, “We bring the experience to you”, originated.

The most unique and popular experience of this company is the 90-minute private Sayulita tequila tasting sessions and agave distillates. All of the tequila, mezcal, and raicilla served by David are made in small batches from family-run producers using organic agave. No Jose Cuervo served here folks!

There are many Sayulita tequila tasting companies in the bay, but David’s tasting stands apart as they serve small bites of food from the regions of the featured agave elixir.

For instance, the tasting of a reposado tequila comes with a tiny birria taco, a dish common to the region where tequila is produced. The most popular tasting of mezcal, comes with bites of black beans, grasshoppers, mole sauce, locally produced-chocolate, and citrus fruit.

To make a massive understatement, 2020 has been one heck of a year, but David and his team turned lemons into lemonade…or should we say water into mezcal? We’ll let you decide.

🍹 Best Sayulita tequila tastings

This is a special trip for those who are curious to know the types of alcohol distilled from agave that are not as famous as mezcal and tequila.

Raicilla is from the state of Jalisco. The types of raicilla in this tour are: tuito, estancia, puchiteca, volcanoes, and mascota.

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Mezcal Tasting (Tastes of Mexico)

This tasting will take you through a tour of Mexico by tasting mezcals from the different regions of this country.

This tasting will include: papalometi (Puebla), espadilla lemon tea (Puebla), salmiana (San Luis Potosi), Cenizo (Durango), Cupreata (Michoacan), and sotol (Chihuahua).

Mezcal Tasting Experience (Viva Mexico)

For the more adventurous, David offers a special experience in Sayulita’s favorite watering hole, Cava.

This experience is for 2-15 people and gives you the opportunity to taste any mezcal you want from their extensive supply, accompanied by bites from the regions of the mezcals you choose.

Private Mezcal and Raicilla Tasting

A private mezcal and raicilla tasting can be done with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 20. Four to five different types of mezcal will be served in a traditional jicara, a natural cup made from the bark of the guira fruit.

This earthware gives you the ancestral experience of tasting the aromas and flavors of mezcal. To better understand the intricate and vast world of mezcal, see below the different types of tastings tailored by David.

Oaxaca is the largest producer of mezcal. Due to Oaxaca’s geographical location and climate, this region is rich in varieties of wild agaves. David will let you try 4-5 wild Oaxacan mezcals on this tour.

✈️ Ready for your trip to Sayulita? If you need more information about this tequila tasting tour, we’d be happy to update this post – just leave your questions below or join our Facebook community where we answer questions without a cost.

🇲🇽 Sayulita Travel Resources

  • ✈️ Flights to Puerto Vallarta: The airport that serves Sayulita is Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Use the code MXINSIDER to get discounts on flights to Cancun upon checkout on WayAway.
  • 🚕 Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita transfer: the travel time from PV to Sayulita is about an hour and a half but faster with a private transfer. Support our local community by booking our local taxi drivers. Click here to see prices from local drivers.
  • 🚗 Puerto Vallarta Airport rental cars: Rent a car and go around Riviera Nayarit for only US$35 per day (credit card required for car deposit). Check prices at Rental Cars Vallarta
  • 🚌 Nayarit bus transportation: you can also book bus tickets online to get to and from Tulum and around Riviera Maya. BusBud is the best platform to use!
  • 🧭 Sayulita Tours: find over 50+ things to do in Sayulita including day trips, boat cruises, and more. Use the code MXINSIDER10 to get a discount on all our Sayulita tours.
  • 🛏️ Sayulita Hostels: backpackers and young travelers, you can stay in a dorm bed in Sayulita for as low as US$21! Check Hostelworld Sayulita for the best rates.
  • 🏨 Sayulita Hotels: hotels in Tulum start at US$55 (for 2 pax). Booking.com Sayulita has many properties you’ll love!
  • 🏖️ Sayulita Resorts: get resort deals in Riviera Nayarit for as low as US$350. There are many resorts to choose from and great deals can be found on Expedia.
  •  Sayulita Travel Planner: we have local staff on the ground in Sayulita. Contact us and we will help you plan your trip for a fixed rate. No hidden fees, just simple charges
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Clarice

Friday 4th of March 2022

Happy to meet David. Will surely visit and have a drink served by him should we have a chance to visit Sayulita. I think the idea of tequila tasting is brilliant. I haven't tried it and would love to.

Natascha

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

I never did a tequila tasting, but I enjoy tasting with knowledgeable guides. And David seems to be an interesting person as well as an expert. I will bookmark this post for someday in the future!

Sherianne

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

I love when people move on to a new career they are passionate about. From reading this David is not only passionate but brave ad confident to start a business during a pandemic. Hope to meet him one day

Renee

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

Not all tequila is the same! When I was younger, I had some bad experiences but then had an opportunity to do a tasting and realized there really is a difference in quality. Sounds like a fun experience with David the tequila expert in Sayulita.

Ami Bhat

Monday 28th of February 2022

What an interesting story - from corporate to hobbyist to budding entrepreneur. This guy is an absolute inspiration. I loved the way he took advantage of the pandemic woes to create an opportunity for himself and spread the smiles. Truly a brand to recall and I would surely remember him if I were to suggest tequila tasting to anyone.

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