Travel

One of the best reasons to take a trip is to see how people in other cultures eat and drink — and to join in the fun. Our travel section includes trip reports from all over the world, with deep dives into the vineyards, breweries, distilleries, and bars you’ll find there.

Top Travel Posts:

A Visit to the Don Julio Tequila Distillery
Where to Drink in Asheville, North Carolina
A Visit to Suntory’s Yamazaki Distillery
Harvest in Chile’s Casablanca Valley – A Dusty Paradise
Revisiting the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, 2018
A Visit to Jack Daniel’s Distillery
Exploring Port Wine: Touring Porto and the Douro Valley
Drinking the Costa del Sol – A Trip from Barcelona, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal

A Visit to St. Lucia Distillers

By Christopher Null | April 4, 2024 |

Getting to St. Lucia Distillers — best known stateside as the producer of the Chairman’s Reserve and Admiral Rodney rum lines — isn’t easy. St. Lucia is found near the southernmost tip of the West Indies island chain, though it is serviced directly from the U.S. and the UK by a handful of carriers. Our…

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A Visit to The Donum Estate

By Christopher Null | March 23, 2024 |

Apparently The Donum Estate has been hiding in plain sight from me for more than two decades. This winery, established in 2001, is located just behind Domaine Carneros, a famed winery just a half hour from my former home and a place where I’ve visited innumerable times. Had I traveled a bit further down the…

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48 Hours in Louisville and Kentucky Bourbon Country, 2023

By Monica Uhm | January 3, 2024 |

Despite a long-standing bourbon affinity, my inaugural Kentucky bourbon tour only occurred this past November by interloping on my friend Kate Snow’s vacation plans to do the same. With a few more travelers, our eventual group of 10 represented the extreme points across the booze spectrum from “I only drink beer” to “I detect a…

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Colby Frey

Grain to Glass and Climate Change: An Interview with Frey Ranch Founder Colby Frey

By David Tao | December 5, 2023 |

Frey Ranch sits in a unique segment in American whiskey: a full farm and distillery estate operation, they grow every bit of their own grain, then distill and age on site. And as a Nevada-based operation, they operate in one of America’s driest climates, often putting them at the forefront of climate change’s impact on…

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Review: Distillery Exclusive Single Malts from Dalwhinnie, Glenfiddich, and Auchentoshan

By Drew Beard | October 14, 2023 |

I’m not sure when the distillery-exclusive trend came to Scotland, but I know it was well before we Yanks embraced it stateside. Limited edition festival bottlings have been helping to drive turnout for years at events like the Feis Ile on Islay and Spirit of Speyside Festival, among many others. But long before that, I…

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Bhakta Griswold

Building the Ultimate Spirits Getaway: A Visit to Bhakta-Griswold in Vermont

By David Tao | July 20, 2023 |

Since 2020, Raj Bhakta’s eponymous second act in spirits has built a reputation as one of the most interesting companies in alcohol. First came Bhakta’s vintage blended Armagnac, which carried a 50 year age statement and included liquid dating back to 1868. Next up were single vintages, more brandies (including calvados), a finished bourbon, and…

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Bar Review: Antidote at Chemist Spirits, Asheville, North Carolina

By Drew Beard | May 30, 2023 |

The vibrant, artsy town of Asheville, North Carolina is synonymous with craft beer, but breweries aren’t the only place in town to quench your thirst. While beer may have put the city on the tourist map decades ago, that popularity has spawned a vibrant bar scene that’s as diverse and dynamic as the town’s craft…

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A Visit to Cognac, France – Part 3: Camus

By Christopher Null | April 27, 2023 |

Our final day in Cognac took us to one of my all-time favorite producers, Camus, which is a smaller producer but considerably larger than Maison Ferrand. (Camus grows its own grapes for about 35-40 percent of its production.) Camus is unique in that is centered around Borderies, the north-of-the-river part of Cognac that showcases a…

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A Visit to Cognac, France – Part 2: Remy Martin

By Christopher Null | April 18, 2023 |

After a whirlwind day with a small producer, I thought we should contrast that with one of the biggest producers in the Cognac business. At last count Rémy Martin was the #2 producer of Cognac, battling out for that spot with Martell and Courvousier, who are all neck and neck and tend to hand the…

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A Visit to Cognac, France – Part 1: Maison Ferrand

By Christopher Null | April 11, 2023 |

To know Cognac the spirit is to know Cognac the place. Cognac is the product of a minuscule region, rigorously protected by law and produced here and only here for centuries. This tiny town in the west of France is fully built by, for, and around the production of the world’s most famous brandy. “Without…

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