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2007 | 2006 | 2005

November 1st, 2005
El Duende Tequila tasting at Fridas Mexican Cuisine in Beverly Hills. Attended by representatives of the Mexican Consulate and the Fridas clientele.

November, 2005
Pick up a copy of Cheers Magazine for the El Duende Tequila review!

June, 2005
Tequila & Tapas Party Fund Raiser for The Foundation of The Pure Spanish Horse
(quick-link to section below)

2005 El Duende News
Phillip was appointed to the Advisory Board for FestUSA, LLC and Spirits of Mexico event. FestUSA is an organization dedicated to educating consumers of distilled spirits, while advocating guidelines for safe and responsible drinking. FestUSA is a proud recipient of Doctors for Designated Driving Platinum Key of Life Award, an award given to select organizations in the hospitality industry in recognition of their commitment to the community and public safety.

Phillip was also invited to attend the prestigious La Academia Mexicana del Tequila, to attend the seminario of Experto en Tequila an intensive course. Upon completing the seminar Phillip received his certification as a Catador Oficial de Experto en Tequila. The only designation currently recognized by the academy given to anyone in the USA.

2nd Annual Spirits of Mexico - San Diego, California


Thursday, September 15th 2005 -
Announcing Spirits of Mexico, which is taking place at the Plaza del Pasado's Cantina De Reyes. The Spirits of Mexico event hosted in September 2004 was attended by over 400 agave enthusiasts and raised more than $2,500 for the Sky Ranch Foundation via a Silent Auction. A rare bottling of Reserva de Don Julio Reposado, set in a cradle in the form of an Agave plant, which fetched $1,000, was generously donated by Phillip Soto Mares, Catador and President of Tequila El Duende de Don Felipe www.elduendetequila.com. Tequila Hijos de Villa Rifle, donated by Sergio Javier Tomez, Herradura Seleccion Suprema from Sazerac, Pechuga Mezcal from Del Maguey, and special bottlings and gift baskets from Agave de Plata's Penca Azul, California Tequila's Asom Broso, Caballeros Inc's Scorpion & Embajador., Agave Inc's El Amo, Poco Tequila's Don Max, Voodoo Tiki Tequila and others helped to reach this unprecedented amount. To make product donations, please indicate this on the last page or contact Duncan Cameron, Sky Ranch Treasurer, at 540-891-7201 and Cameroncom@aol.com

Tasting notes for each participating brand will be posted to our new website (coming shortly). Press Releases, featuring editorial on each brand, will be sent to our list of subscribers and the media. Additional special events are currently being planned.

Invited Guests and Press will begin arriving at 5:30PM. The event will end at 9:30PM.

Throughout the evening, industry professionals will be on-hand to educate the consumer. Phillip Soto Mares, Catador Oficial de La Academia Mexicana del Tequila, A.C., will be hosting 15 minute seminars on agave spirits, on behalf of the distinguished Tequila Academy. Invited guests include Dale DeGroff, Author, Craft of the Cocktail & President, Museum of the American Cocktail, Gary Regan of Ardent Spirits, Robert Plotkin of BarMedia, Author of !Toma. Margarita!, Jerald O'Kennard of the BTI and a host of Master Distillers and others.

For tickets visit the Spirits of Mexico Festival website


L.A. Tequila Festival 2005
Tequila & Tapas Party Fund Raiser for The Foundation of The Pure Spanish Horse
Phillip Soto and Stacy Austin receive Foundation's Diamond Award for continuing support of The Foundation of The Pure Spanish Horse.   Dr. Malcolm & Barbara Currie
Henry Gutierrez, Vaughan Smith & Barbara Rotter
Phillip explains the nuances of tequila   Phillip, Stacy and Keith Copeland enjoying the festivities
Attendees enjoying the festivities at the Tequila & Tapas Party   Avi Cohen, Al Rotter & Vaughan Smith
Spirits of Mexico - New York 2004
Mariachis entertain everyone with great music   Gerry Ruvo of 1800 Cuervo and Phillip Soto
Oswaldo Pinilla, Dori Bryant and Phillip Soto of
      Tequila El Duende de Don Felipe enjoying the spirits
  Robert Plotkin and Dale at Spirits
Attendees enjoying themselves    
Spirits of Mexico - San Diego, CA 2004
Dee Carey and Reina going over tequila characteristics   Mescals were present as well
Dori Bryant, Steve Gilberg and Phillip Soto at Spirits of Mexico San Diego    

Sean Salisbury Classic 2006
Once again El Duende De Don Felipe was the players tequila of choice
at the 2006 Sean Salisbury Celebrity Classic.

Tequila Girls Stacy, Christy, AJ and friends Amy and Lisa having fun.

Junior Seau driving one down field.

Hall of Fame inductee Warren Moon and Phillip Soto striking a pose. 

AJ driving one down field.

AJ, Christy & Stacy talking it up.

Christy swing & a miss.

Green Bays' #33 William Henderson sipping on El Duende

Event Organizer Sean Salisbury of ESPN Sports.

Stacy serving it up.
Sean Salisbury Celebrity Classic 2005

Monday, May 23, 2005 - El Duende participated at the Sean Salisbury Celebrity Classic at the StoneRidge Country Club.

We set up the Duende Tequila Tasting Booth on the 9th hole. One thing that I noticed is how many times people played the 9th hole. Could it be there was a little Duende in all the players?

Phillip Soto and Hank Bauer   Phillip Soto and Former Charger Doug Wilkerson
Stacy Austin (Duende Tequila Girl Leader) serving it up in the booth
Former Charger Vencie Glenn a Duende fan   Christy Linden (Duende Tequila Girl) gets a golf lesson
Shading the eyes with a Duende hat   Hank Bauer teeing off


News & Events Archive

2007 | 2006 | 2005