Jonathan Gach and Debbie Medina, co-founders of Jalisco International Imports, Inc., met in business and they first built a friendship which turned into love. They discovered that they had mutual interests and passions. One that they decided to pursue was their love for tequila, but why Senor Rio tequila?
Debbie was reunited with her father after 30 years. Now with him approaching 80 and living in Mexico, she decided to go with Jonathan to visit him. While getting to know each other, they sipped on a fine tequila that was only made in small batches and enjoyed by family and close friends. He then explained that this process for this fine tequila goes back over 200 years and that he would like to hand over this secret family recipe to Debbie and her sweetheart Jonathan. At this moment, they gazed into each other’s eyes and knew it was inevitable that Senor Rio tequila (named after Debbie’s father) should be shared by all.
Senor Rio begins with estate grown 100% blue weber agaves cultivated in the ideal conditions of the arid red clay soil from the low lands in Jalisco Mexico, The pinas (the hearts of the agave plants) are harvested by hand after reaching maturity. They are then slowly cooked in traditional stone ovens. After being cooked, they are fermented with the tanks open so that the fragrance from the fruit trees, which surround the distillery, blends into the tequila naturally for a hint of tropical citrus. Finally, the tequila is double distilled by their master distiller to keep the true agave flavor of their premium tequila.
It is in that spirit, the spirit of family and tradition that they proudly bring to you Senor Rio tequila.
Senor Rio tequila was born on Cinco De Mayo 2009 in the little town of Tequila, Mexico. The first shipment arrived in Gilbert, AZ on May 29, 2009.
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