Photos by John Nelson

The Middleburg Film Festival brought film lovers and business owners to town last month on the opening night of the Middleburg Film Festival.

Elizabeth Baker Keffer of The Plains hosted a private dinner to welcome Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, founder and CEO of Tequila Casa Dragones to the festival. Gonzalez Nieves, a rare woman in a male-dominated industry, spoke to the guests about her tequila which can be found locally.

Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, founder and CEO of Tequila Casa Dragones, and Elizabeth Baker Keffer.

“We believe that today, the consumer interacts with spirits or wines, you no longer drink one whiskey, one cognac, or one rum, when you love one of those categories you tend to research and learn and want to know about different producers,” said Gonzalez Nieves.

“What we are trying to do is really have a strong point of view, and deliver tequilas that expand the repertoire. And we believe if we can expand that repertoire, then, we have the chance to entertain the tequila adorer.”

Casa Dragones, a super premium sipping tequila based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, sponsored a late-night pouring event at the Salamander Resort & Spa on Friday, Oct. 18. ML

This article first appeared as a Middleburg Life November 2019 online exclusive.