Above: Quinta de Lemos, Dão Region, Portugal

Wine and spirits tastings rank among our favorite activities when we travel. They frequently introduce us to fascinating people, and we almost always have the chance to sample something we would have a hard time finding elsewhere. Nor does it hurt that wineries and distilleries are often set in some of the world’s loveliest landscapes and most vibrant cities, respectively. In 2021, our most memorable experiences included a superlative wine-pairing lunch in Sonoma, tastings in Tuscany, a visit to a unique distillery in Texas and magical dinner in Portugal at harvest time.

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