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

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Tips, Tricks, and Advice for the Traveler

By Christopher Null | June 10, 2011 |

In Kentucky, Bourbon is a religion. They have plenty of real religion here, too, but based on the statues, plaques, and other honorifics on every corner and wall, Bourbon is second only to Jesus. Any whiskey fanatic owes it to himself to visit at some point America’s most hallowed home of the stuff: Bourbon country.…

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TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Brewery Tours

By Christopher Null | October 13, 2010 |

Getting to wander around a brewery and sample a few beers along the way is one of life’s great little pleasures. TripAdvisor recently scoured its consumer ratings to figure out whose tour is best. These are the top ten. Check out TripAdvisor for more sudsy travel goodness. 1. Beechwood Best: Anheuser Busch Brewery Tour, Saint…

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Drinking Bourbon with Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge

By Christopher Null | October 1, 2010 |

Having reviewed nearly a dozen different expressions of Four Roses bourbon, I’m well familiar with its famed “10 recipes” claims… but I’ve never really stopped to think about what that really means. Why would you need 10 recipes of your whiskey? Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses for 40 years, stopped by San Francisco…

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Tasting Report: Wines of Madonna Estate, 2010 Releases

By Christopher Null | August 9, 2010 |

Madonna Estate is very centrally located between Sonoma and Napa — it’s one of those wineries you pass by a thousand times when you’re driving through the wine country, but you never stop there. I finally did on a recent drive in the area and tasted their wines, the vast majority of which are grown…

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Visiting Del Dotto Winery and Caves

By Christopher Null | July 27, 2010 |

Do you want to taste some seriously “lights out*” wines? Look no further than Del Dotto, a postmodern institution along Napa’s main wine trail, and the proprietor of a tour I’ve been hearing about for years as a “must experience” event. This weekend I finally summoned up the courage and paid the whopping $50 to…

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Tasting the Wines of Bolgheri, 2010 Releases

By Christopher Null | May 27, 2010 |

During my visit to Ornellaia, I also had the chance to sample three other wines from the neighborhood, comparing them in the relatively controlled environment of a local wine and salumi joint. Some thoughts follow: 2007 Ornellaia – I’ve covered this one extensively here, but noted more rich chocolate character in this tasting of a…

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Visiting Tuscany’s Tenuta dell’Ornellaia

By Christopher Null | May 26, 2010 |

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is a major and increasingly important name in super-Tuscan wines. With its neighbor Sassicaia right down the street, these two define the Bolgheri area of Italy and own completely the bragging rights as this region’s top wine producers. Mere miles from the Mediterranean Sea, Ornellaia began its life in 1981 and now produces…

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What Wineries to Visit in Sonoma County

By Christopher Null | July 26, 2009 |

Yesterday I offered some of my favorite Napa-area wineries to visit during wine country vacations. Today I turn my attention to nearby Sonoma. Sonoma is a trickier area to visit because it is much larger and is split in two by a huge freeway. Touring this area takes longer than Napa, so keep that in…

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What Wineries to Visit in Napa County

By Christopher Null | July 25, 2009 |

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised: Readers and friends regularly ask when traveling to California’s wine country, what wineries should I make a point to visit? Not a bad question. There are lots of dull wineries not worth your time — or your (sometimes expensive) tasting fees. There are also many hidden gems worth seeking…

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Tasting Report: Honig Vineyard & Winery, 2009 Releases

By Christopher Null | April 6, 2009 |

Spent a lovely couple of hours at Honig Vineyard & Winery yesterday, where we toured the estate and heard about how the company approaches winemaking from a sustainability standpoint. Everything at Honig is powered by its solar panel array, which sits right amidst the vines behind the tasting room, cellars, and production building. And while…

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