A Lesson in Tequila Appreciation

courtesy CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort

Tequila may be a favorite of indiscriminating spring breakers, but its intricate, varied flavors rival those of wine or sake. In the Mexican state of Jalisco, tequila's home turf, the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort grows its own blue agave to ferment its tequila. Now the resort has launched a three-night "Secretos de la Familia" program of tastings.

The tequila sommelier pours samples of tequila blanco, tequila reposado, and tequila anejo, and explains the drink's legends as well as the latest processing technologies. Participants receive a bottle of tequila and can take a daylong tour of local distilleries for $120 per person.

Near the colonial town of Puerto Vallarta, the CasaMagna is surrounded by the Sierra Madre mountains and Banderas Bay. Its 433 rooms each come with a private balcony, and the grounds include tennis courts, an oceanfront infinity pool, restaurants, and a health club. There are complimentary cigar-rolling demonstrations nightly.

The package is available through December 16, starting at $222 per room per night, based on single or double occupancy, with daily buffet breakfast included. Hotel taxes are an additional 17 percent. The booking code is WITG; 888/727-2347, casamagnapuertovallarta.com.

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