The Wine Lover’s Guide to Surviving Your Family Vacation

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Grand Canyon

Dry heat may not make you sweat much, but it sure can work up a thirst. The best place to quench it is at Grand Canyon Wine Co., which pours local Page Spring Cellars and Dos Cabezas.

Yellowstone National Park
The Four Seasons in Jackson Hole is a vinophile’s paradise, with a massive, ever-changing list and a calendar packed with winemaker dinners.

Yosemite National Park
The granite facades and giant sequoias are not to be missed, but for wine lovers, neither is the up-and-coming Sierra Foothills AVA. Best bet: Newsome-Harlow Wines, in Murphys, California, pours Zinfandels that amaze.

Lake Tahoe, California 
Tahoe is a quick drive to the sandy Lodi AVA, where producers like Michael David Winery pump out award-winning Mediterranean-style wines. Tip: The in-house bakery has pies that will change your life.

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Mount Rushmore
Tuck into artisanal cheese and charcuterie boards at the rustic, charming Prairie Berry Winery, or head down the hill to sister company Miner Brewing Co. for a gose, IPA or oatmeal stout.

Monticello, Virginia 
After your history lesson at Jefferson’s homestead, head to nearby Barboursville Vineyards to taste its standout Bordeaux-style blend, Octagon.

Orlando, Florida 
One of the country’s best wine lists is smack in the center of Walt Disney World. Victoria & Albert’s cellar holds 4,200 bottles, including a 1961 Château Margaux and a collection of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
When you need to raise your spirit in Lowcountry’s beach and golf mecca, motor across the bridge to shady, moss-covered September Oaks Vineyards in Ridgeland.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts 
After OD’ing on lobster specials and mammoth ice cream cones, slip away to order from the 300-bottle list at The Naked Oyster or venture down the peninsula to tour Truro Vineyards.

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 
The beauty of this lake region is undeniable. But so is the state’s love of beer. If you’re hopped out, head to Wollersheim Winery, where well-made wine is paired with stunning views. Don’t miss: Domaine du Sac.

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Published on May 21, 2015
Topics: Travel TipsTravel TrendsWine Travel