Those were the words that country legend George Strait offered my way Monday evening at Perry's Steakhouse Memorial City, site of a media gathering to hail the launch of the new Código 1530 Tequila, in which Sir George is an investor. Strait was referring to the camera gear hanging around my neck and lighting contraptions I was carrying. Now, rarely do I ever get star-struck, but when the King of Country Music asks you an unexpected question, you struggle to find any words for a response.
"Oh, these are my pictures, I mean my photos, I mean my cameras, sir. I'd like to take a photo with you, and of you, please?" I stuttered. Real smooth...Nailed it! Well, at least the photos came out okay.
Besides not wearing his signature cowboy hat, Mr. Strait was exactly as imagined: kind, strong and regal. From his handshake to his voice to his piercing green-gray eyes, he was a complete professional and welcoming at the same time.
1.5 oz Código 1530 Blanco
.5 oz Sour Mix
.25 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Blood Orange Puree
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz Agave Nectar
1 oz Topo Chico Saborés Grapefruit Soda
Scanning the room, I noticed many familiar faces in the crowd. The most prominent were the array of news anchors and weathermen, including Rita Garcia (Fox 26), Shern-Min Chow (KHOU), Tom Koch (ABC 13) and David Paul (KHOU). All were excited to meet Mr. Strait, as well as sample his top-shelf tequila.
"Normally, when we think of tequila, we shoot it and try to drown out the taste with a lime as soon as you can," said Strait as we sipped on our cocktails. "Código is not like that at all."
"We strive to be the best, not the biggest," he added.
If only the best is good enough for George Strait, we predict a successful run for Código 1530. We check "YES" on this note.