Small Batch Mezcal Available in Zipolite

It’s always surprised me that there could be any corner of the state of Oaxaca in which it could be difficult to find high quality mezcal. Indeed I am frequently asked where on the coast one can source small batch traditionally produced agave distillates.


The Barro Rojo (red clay pottery) of San Marcos Tlapazola

María is one of several women of the Zapotec ethnolinguistic group encountered every Sunday at the Tlacolula market, sitting on the pavement selling terra cotta pottery. The alfareras as they’re known, hail from San Marcos Tlapazola, a village of about 2,000 residents, tucked away at the foothills of the Sierra Madres del Sur. ...


A Pulque Primer: Harvesting Aguamiel

We arrive in the fields about 5:30 pm, near the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur, trying to catch the final glimmer of light before dusk sets in. I’ve invited a group of Oaxacan friends to accompany me and my native Zapoteco amigos Juana, Andrés and two of their children, into the countryside to witness the harvesting of aguamiel from the majestic succulent, Agave americanaamericana.


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