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New York Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One, Southern Glazers and Food Network, featured star chefs such as Rocco Dispirito, Buddy Valastro and Jet Tila at Pier 76

JJ Johnson at the New York City Wine & Food Festival `Grand Tasting` Featuring El Cristiano Tequila. Photo Credit: Michael Simon

New York Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) was a star-studded four-day event showcasing the industry’s most notable chefs, restaurants, beverages, wines and spirits brands, such as El Cristiano Tequila. The Grand tasting events held at Pier 76 Hudson River Park on Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th in Manhattan, featured incredible wine, food and beverage sampling, culinary demos, book signings by Food Network stars, and interactive experiences as guests overlooked beautiful views of the Hudson River.

The”Grand Tasting” events included notable talent including Food Network stars and celebrities chefs Rocco Dispirito, Buddy Valastro, JJ Johnson, Marcus Samuelsson, Carla Hall, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jet Tila, Geoffrey Zakarian, Duff Goldman, as well as local culinary talent including Chef Mateo Saavedra of Cantina Rooftop, Executive Chef Ben Van Beurten, Chef Adrii of Adrii’s Kitchen, Bahamas Celebrity Chef Simeon Hall Jr., Executive Chef Mario Hernandez and Ronny Jaramillo of Chela, plus many more incredible food and beverage personalities.

El Cristiano Founding Partner Chris Shafer at the New York City Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting. Photo Credit: Michael Simon

Luxury Tequila brand El Cristiano featured their award-winning Ultra Premium Silver varietal for festival attendees, while also sampling their 3-year aged Anejo and Reposado for guests in attendance. El Cristiano, Ultra Premium Award-Winning Tequila, was born in Jalisco, Mexico and features the finest Jalisco Highlands Blue Weber Aged Agave, Offering Exceptional Quality and Taste, Sustainable, Free of Additives, and Gluten-Free. Highlighted at the event was their signature Silver Tequila. On hand at El Cristiano was industry veteran Chris Shafer, co-creator of El Christiano. 

El Cristiano Silver, its foundation, boasts unrivaled complexity and depth with coil copper stills imparting a pure, clean taste and full mouth roundness. A full body with bright, silver hues and defined legs. Subtly sweet cooked agave aromas with hints of butter, notes of mature fruit, and spicy hints of Bay Leaf and Rosemary.

More info on El Cristiano

El Cristiano is dedicated to producing the purist tequila with no additives – (85% of tequila today has sugars and thickeners added) – with a high focus on harvesting only mature agave aged at least five years and certain sizing through sustainable agriculture practices. By establishing this process, they have eliminated the need for additives which would change the true essence of 100% Highlands Blue Weber Agave. 

Photo Credit: Michael Simon

“Familia El Cristiano.” Conceived by an intimate group of friends with a passion for tequila and Mexico, the creators behind El Cristiano have over four decades of combined experience in the tequila industry. With their experience in collaboration with agave and tequila masters, they set on a journey to create world-class tequila beyond anything else currently offered.

El Cristiano has already developed a loyal following in New York as well as nationally and globally respected retailers and dining establishments. It is also available for delivery on the Drizly App and online at for full brand info and purchasing information.