Local craft distiller gets the gold at the L.A. International Spirits Competition
By Angela Covo
Last May, local entrepreneurs Trey and Kimberly Azar hit a milestone when their Cinco Vodka took top honors at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, the Academy Awards of cocktails. Getting the gold medal for best vodka validated the enormous effort and extra expense they undertook to create a premium American vodka.
The Azars co-founded the company and Mrs. Azar is director of public relations. From the beginning of the journey, Mr. Azar said the goal was to make “the highest quality vodka in the world.”
During a tour of the pristine Azar Distillery, just 10 minutes southeast of downtown San Antonio, the 42-year-old craft distiller shared some background about the industry.
“About 60 million cases of vodka are sold every year and consumption is growing at 3 percent annually – one in every three bottles of liquor sold is vodka,” Mr. Azar said.
Together, the Azars launched Cinco Five Star Vodka a little more than two years ago at Fiesta 2011. For almost 10 years before they founded the company, Mr. Azar worked in the oil and gas industry. He explained moving back to