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Here we are at the end of another delicious year in Southern Arizona, and the commencement of my 10th year writing this column for Tucson Local Media and its portfolio of

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With parents who honored the communal nature of the evening meal, Tyler Lapotosky and his siblings cherished the nightly family dinner tradition as kids growing up in northwestern Vermont. Decades later, that tradition continues in the way Chef Lapotosky will connect his guests at a wine din…

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Whiskey del Bac co-founder Stephen Paul admits he started his career making “a lot of bad whiskey.” But perseverance and refining techniques have resulted in one of Tucson’s most beloved and recognizable liquors. This month, Whiskey del Bac celebrated a decade in business—what was once a fiv…

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 It may have foreshadowed today’s wisdom on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Congress Street when poet and playwright Oscar Wilde penned in 1895, “To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” 

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Honey combined with water and yeast produces one of the oldest alcoholic beverages known to man: mead. Remnants of mead were discovered in ancient Chinese pottery from around 7000 BCE and more examples come from the ancient Greeks, Scandinavians, Egyptians, and Celtic people.