The Ultimate Guide to Wine Tasting and Traveling

This guest blog post was curated for Bucky by Kacey Bradley.

While our taste buds and preferences may differ, one fact remains the same across the board — everyone loves food. And when it comes to perfect eating, the U.S has it all.

If you're tired of munching down on the same dishes or chugging the same drinks, try planning a taste-and-travel trip that lets you enjoy your favorite ingredients in a standout way.

Places to Visit
While the US is full of diverse dishes, flavors and drinks, here's a look at some of the top food destinations you'll need to check out on your next tasting and travel trip.

1. San Francisco
Northern California is a top travel spot for nature-fanatics looking to kick back and relax along one of the many beaches that edge this state. But your sight isn't the only sense that California satisfies.

Foodies looking to indulge in delicious traditional and new dishes shouldn't pass up the opportunity to explore San Francisco's cuisines. From the notorious seafood stew "cioppino" to classic-style tacos, San Francisco offers many iconic dishes that your taste buds will savor. Plus, there's no shortage of bars and vineyards to visit in this sunny state, too.

2. Seattle, Washington
Seattle, WA has a notorious coffee scene — but that's not the only beverage you'll find that offers a powerful punch in this city. In fact, any traveler visiting Seattle should stop at one of the city's many vineyard options, too.
After enjoying a glass of wine, be sure to check out the city's many delicious bakeries. Since Seattle is the "City of Coffee," the bakery scene has flourished to provide coffee fanatics with the perfect dessert and beverage pairings.

3. Rochester, NY
Rochester, NY is one of New York's largest cities known for its culinary scene and festivities. So, it should come as no surprise that this city is perfect for wine and cocktail connoisseurs who like to enjoy some delicious bites at festivals, too.
When visiting Rochester, be sure to check out their Spirit Tasting Spectacular that offers over 40 spirits provided by diverse distillers. Or, pass your Labor Day weekend chowing down on some wings at the National Buffalo Wing Festival. Nearly 50,000 visitors flock to this event each year to chow down on the over 100 wing flavor varieties with beer and wine pairing stations to quench their thirst.

4. Chicago, IL
Any foodie trekking across the US in search of the perfect food needs to take a detour through Chicago. The Windy City offers some of the best flavors a foodie craves, including tacos, steaks ands delicious deep dish pizzas.
Be sure to check Chicago's top restaurant spots during the day while bar-hopping across the city's best bistros and pubs at night.

Mapping Out Your Trip
Before you can dig your fork into dishes your taste buds can only dream of enjoying, you have to do a little planning, first.

While some foodies are open to expanding their taste buds, some people prefer to explore certain groups of food. If you have dietary restrictions or favor certain dishes, be sure to map out your travels in a way that best suits you.

Remember, it's your food travel trip after all! The U.S is chock-full of diverse and plentiful options when it comes to dining and drinking. All you have to do is research your favorite food options and you're well on your way to digging into some savory bites.

What to Pack
One of the key details to a successful wine and food trip is packing your suitcase with the right supplies. Whether your trip is a spur-of-the-moment voyage or a well-thought-out vacation that you've planned for months, there are some key essentials you'll need to pack. Here's what you'll need:

  • In Your Suitcase: Be sure to reference the weather in the states you're traveling to during your trip. You don't want to feel extremely hot, cold or uncomfortable while chowing down on some delicious bites! Since you may be walking a lot, pack comfortable attire and shoes in addition to your normal toiletry and travel basics.
  • Carry-On Items: If you're traveling by plane, be sure to pack your necessary essentials in your carry-on bag. Some basics you shouldn't forget include a phone charger, medications, water bottles and any documents you'll need throughout your trip.
  • Items to Bring to Tastings: If traveling to vineyards during your excursion, be sure to bring a cooler, icepack and empty bottles with you to properly store and prep your leftover wine for your return travel home. Bring an insulated bag with you to restaurants, too.

Now that you've prepped and planned, you're ready to indulge in the delicious bites that this country has to offer. From coast to coast, you'll find an endless array of food and drinks crafted to satisfy your taste buds. Where's your first stop?


Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Ruffled, and more!

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