The Best U.S. Fall Drinking Destinations, According To Bartenders
When most of us think about traveling, we tend to imagine the summertime. The humid, sunny summer days are perfect for road trips and vacations. But in June, July, and August doesn’t it make more sense to stay home where everything is already idyllic?
That’s why we believe that fall travel is hugely underrated. Depending on where you visit, you can see the red, gold, and orange hues of the changing leaves while enjoying a warming cocktail. Or you can chase the summer south and recapture the heat. The options are vast and the flights are far cheaper.
Richard Hanauer, beverage director at RPM Restaurants in Chicago
“Napa Valley in the fall. The weather starts to turn cold and all the tourists leave, just in time for when the harvest is in and the winemaking process begins. It’s the end of one season and the start of another – the grapes that were just harvested get turned into wine right in front of your eyes. Seeing the smartest minds in viniculture get to work, it’s truly a magical experience. And as the old adage goes, it takes a case of beer to make a bottle of wine, so yes, we get to spend a lot of time drinking both beer and wine with the winemaking teams.”