A toast to tasting local tipple
From craft beers in New York to tequila in Mexico or seaweed gin in Wales, here are some suggestions for breaks that will wet your whistle travel2013
WHETHER it’s sipping a Bellini at Harry’s Bar in Venice, savouring a sauce cooked with local Calvados in Normandy, or learning how to make the perfect mint julep in Kentucky, enjoying your favourite tipple in its place of origin adds an extra dimension to travel.
You can take a trip to San Sebastian del Oeste in Mexico, surrounded by agave fields, to visit tequila producer El Parral.
Or learn how to make limoncello on a seven- night holiday at Casa Migliaca in Sicily.
Intrepid’s Urban Adventures ( urban adventures. com) has put together a three-hour excursion in Lima, shopping for the ingredients to make Peru’s famous pisco sour.
And closer to home, you can explore our very own winelands on horseback with tastings of some of the best wines the region has to offer.
Meanwhile, in New York City, explore the city’s current craft beer renaissance on a Brewed in Brooklyn walking tour or Fermented NY Craft Beer Tour with Urban Oyster (urbanoyster.com).
FIELDS OF FORTUNE: Tequila is part of the Mexican heritage and the agave fields, which produce this spirit, are at the heart of this thriving industry.
DIVINE: To fully appreciate the work of winemakers or the wine itself, visit its place of origin.