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

Review: Sabor Dominicano Mamajuana

By Christopher Null | March 19, 2020 |

I was delighted to discover — if only so I could say it out loud — the unique beverage Mamajuana (sometimes Mama Juana) on a recent visit to the Dominican Republic. Dating back to the 1950s, Mamajuana is the unofficial national beverage of the Dominican, an odd combination of rum, honey, and red wine that…

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The Mother Road's Main Brewery in Flagstaff, Arizona

Visiting the Breweries of Flagstaff, Arizona’s Craft Beer Capital

By Mike Gerrard | March 15, 2020 |

With eight breweries, two of which have expanded into second locations in recent years, it’s not surprising Flagstaff’s been described as the Craft Beer Capital of Arizona. Better-known as a stopping point on Route 66, the Mother Road, the city has a population of about 70,000, and almost half of those are students. No wonder…

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Visiting Chimney Rock and Black Stallion Wineries in Napa, California, 2020

By Christopher Null | January 30, 2020 |

Along Napa’s Silverado Trail you’ll find a pair of wineries which are pushing their offerings, especially cabernet sauvignon, toward the higher end of the category. We spent a day visiting both Chimney Rock and Black Stallion, both of which are worthwhile to visit. Chimney Rock was founded in 1980 and its architecture is unique for…

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Understanding Grappa

By Robert Lublin | December 21, 2019 |

If you’re apprehensive of grappa, you probably tasted it before and found it to be strong, harsh, and unforgiving. But times have changed, and it is time to give grappa a proper try because, as I recently found, the craft distillate made, mixed, and aged today is not your pappa’s grappa. Grappa’s history explains its…

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Touring and Tasting at Chalk Hill Winery, 2019

By Christopher Null | October 28, 2019 |

Chalk Hill is a Sonoma County winery widely known for its white wine production, particularly chardonnay. Founded in 1972 by Fred Furth, a litigation attorney best known for his involvement with the plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the winery was sold to the Foley family in 2010, which now operates it. During a…

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A Visit to Virginia Distillery Co.

By Drew Beard | September 25, 2019 |

Virginia Distillery Co. opened its doors in 2015 in Nelson County, Virginia, just south of the college town of Charlottesville. The distillery was the dream of its late founder, the Irish businessman and whisky enthusiast Dr. George G. Moore. There wasn’t any family lore inspiring its founding and Dr. Moore didn’t intend to make traditional…

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A Visit to Monterey’s Holman Ranch Estate Wines

By Renee Humphrey | September 24, 2019 |

Thanks to the awesome hospitality of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association, I recently had the pleasure of visiting Holman Ranch to taste with father and son winemakers Greg and Chris Vita. They produce two labels of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and sparkling for them: Holman Ranch and Jarman, both sourced from estate vineyards in…

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Adam Hannett, the Head Distiller at The Botanist gin, made by Bruichladdich on the Scottish island of Islay

A Visit to Islay’s The Botanist Gin Distillery

By Mike Gerrard | August 23, 2019 |

If you want to get ahead in the distilling business, it seems a good idea is to start as a tour guide. At the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay, the Scottish island renowned for peaty malts like Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg, two of the top men both began their careers as tour guides. Adam Hannett, the…

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Undertaking the Store Pick Experience at WhistlePig

By Robert Lublin | July 10, 2019 |

“Store picks” are an exciting and growing phenomenon in the bourbon and rye world, and if you are a fan of American whiskey then you will definitely want to know more about these rarities. First off, some nomenclature: Store picks are single barrels of a particular brand of whiskey that are individually chosen by liquor…

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Drinkhacker Asks: Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson and Master Distiller Dan McKee

By Drew Beard | July 9, 2019 |

Its been a while since we last had the opportunity to share an industry interview with you, but better late than never. Right? The Drinkhacker crew has long been a fan of Michter’s Distillery. As such, we eagerly followed their agonizingly slow progress restoring the nearly un-restorable Fort Nelson building on downtown Louisville’s bustling Whiskey…

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