For decades, Campbell Avenue has provided Tucson with its best wine and liquor store. But a recent visit to Plaza Liquors was highlighted by the discovery of Lucifer included within the dozens of beer choices displayed in the cold case. Lucifer was an easy flowing, tasteful golden ale from Belgium that was a bit pricey, but worth it for the experience. Beyond the hundreds of wine selections across the aisle, the helpful staff was highlighting other European exports--Spanish wines, "Vinho Verde" from Portugal and a dry rosé from Provence called "Bieler Père et Fils." Like leisurely searching a library shelf for just the right summer read, a visit to Plaza Liquors is always an educational and flavorfully rewarding experience.
2. Rumrunner Wine and Cheese Company, 3131 E. First St., 326-0121, www.rumrunnertucson.com
3. Beverage House, 4231 E. 22nd St., No. 141, 323-6566; 8660 E. Broadway Blvd., 296-9933; 6250 N. Oracle Road, No. 132, 219-6424; www.beveragehouse.net
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