First Sale of Tributo a Mi Padre

As glasses clinked and guests smiled, Hector V. Baretto introduced the newly produced tequila spirit, Tributo a Mi Padre (Tribute to My Father), at the 6th Annual East LA Meets Napa Premiere Food and Wine Tasting Event on July 8, 2011.  The honored padre was Hector Barreto Sr., an immigrant from Jalisco, Mexico.  Arriving in the US to better his life, Baretto Sr. began by digging potatoes for 80 cents an hour.  In true American Dream style, he became a successful businessman, co-founded the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and worked on President Ronald Reagan’s transition team.  His son, Hector V. Barreto, in addition to his tequila talents, served as the Administrator of the US Small Business Administration, appointed by President George W. Bush.  More information is at

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