Words by: Eleni Nikoloulia
Stelios Papadopoulos is a Brand Ambassador of Jose Cuervo Tequila
After working as a bartender for nearly ten years he realized that tequila was and always be his greater passion so for the past two-and-half years he has been studying, travelling constantly to Mexico, and learning everything about the precious agave plant. Recently, he has been acknowledged as a Tequila Connoisseur on behalf of the National Chamber of the Tequila Industry (CNIT) as a person that knows a lot about the main aspects of agave and Tequila and that has influenced on it from internal and external way. Stelios is another great example of the constantly upcoming Greek bar scene but also a great one for the agave lovers since he is the first non Mexican tequila expert that has ever been recognized by the CNIT.
It was a long time ago when I first met “her”, when I got my first sip and I knew that I wanted to know the whole story behind that catchy name Tequila.
It was a long run ... A lot of books, endless nights and talks about “her”, many meetings and seminars with friends who also knew ‘her”, hundreds of cocktails, recipes and bottles….Long days of travelling to meet ‘her’ homeland and priceless moments learning how ‘she’ was born…. Until the day Tequila became my story too, my biggest passion and my message to others.
Her name is Tequila and my name is Stelios Papadopoulos and as of Today I proudly and officially represent this spirit as “Tequila Connoisseur” “The (CNIT) National Chamber of the Tequila Industry” as I was recently awarded by the organization in Mexico.
This award is not just a personal achievement, it is a result of everyone who interfered in my way to learning about Tequila from Greece to Mexico and all the roads in between. It is an honor that I will proudly carry on by spreading the word and being the first awarded not coming from Tequila’s homeland it is a very important and difficult task that I am happy to take on.
My current position is a Brand Ambassador of Jose Cuervo Tequila and my main goal is to let people all around the world learn about Tequila in general, to pass the history of our beloved Mexican spirit on and to undertake different seminars, events and discussions emphasizing on the quality, tastes and aspects of Tequila, production and show them its fascinating world of production and creation.
Given the opportunity to claim the Tequila Connoisseur award was a significant moment in my experience in the Tequila industry and a great motivation to continue the Tequila stories as a brand ambassador in the future.