China’s Bling Dynasty is thirsty for tequila, and with each passing toast last week at the National Palace in Mexico City, Chinese president Xi Jinping and Mexico’s own Enrique Peña Nieto forgot all about their countrys' past differences. There was that time in 2009 when China quarantined all Mexicans traveling to China over the H1N1 scare. And who can forget when Mexico received the Dalai Lama in 2011? It made China so mad they actually gave up Mexican pork.
There is still the sticky subject of Taiwan. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila—who? They didn’t even mention the subject at all (Mexico does not recognize Taiwan), but what they did talk about was getting a whole lot of tequila—sorry, mezcal—into China and to bring back that delicious Mexican pork. This is being called The Tequila Agreement. China will reciprocate by investing in Mexico in the areas of infrastructure for energy and mining.
China’s fetish for expensive Bordeauxs, Burgundies, and extravagant blends from Johnny Walker is well known, but will they follow suit with tequila? Perhaps Partida Elegante ($350) and Rey Sol Anejo ($400) will start showing up at the Duty Free in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Ballers may now want to get a cocktail waitress to pop open a bottle of Jose Cuervo 1800 Coleccion ($1800) at their private table; the standard 750 ml Grand Cru Bordeaux bottling looks positively passé in comparison.
Want to celebrate the new international accord here in town? Finding these luxe bottles in L.A. is not hard if you know where to look. Downtown's Rivera has the city's largest collection of ultra tequilas. Lotería Grill on Sunset has Rey Sol, as well as Selecion Suprema by Herradura. Over in Santa Monica, find Milagro Unico at Mercado. Don’t bother sipping—just toss it back with wreckless abandon, like a Hong Kong millionaire.
Lotería Grill (Hollywood), 6627 Hollywood Bl., Hollywood, (323) 465-2500
Mercado, 1416 4th St., Santa Monica, (310) 526-7121
Rivera, 1050 S Flower St #102, Downtown L.A., (213) 749-1460