Food Traveler Magazine Winter 2016 - Page 24

Winter , BY THE GLA SS There is no denying the best in the business, such as Napa Valley or Boston, when the topic of discussion turns toward wine and beer. We can, however, give credit to those underrated properties that provide America with a brand just as good, if not better than its top competitors. This season, as you tour these truly unique wineries, breweries, and distilleries, you may just find a batch, brew, or blend that is worth putting on your gift list. So, warm up your heart in the colder weather, with a glass of specially-crafted beer, single-barrel blend, or a Christmas-red merlot. Some come with a family twist, others with a dark past, but all of these destinations will bring you exclusive creations that are sure to awaken those hibernating taste buds. Savor each sip, swirl each glass, and celebrate this winter with cheer and a “cheers!” 22 FoodTraveler l Winter 2016