Play. Pour. Drink. Repeat.

In which we take back the drinking trip from the wine snob. Here's how to mix world-class adventure and tasting, from Kentucky to Japan.

The Dolomites’ spectacular scenery     Photo: courtesy, Alta Badia Tourist Board

Dolomites, Italy
CLIMBING, CYCLING, AND GRAPPA
THE DRAW Cyclists and climbers have been exploring WWI ruins in the Dolomites ever since the fighting ended. To navigate the area easily, base yourself in Cortina d'Ampezzo, near the Austrian border. Cortina Alpine Guides offers daylong via ferrate (European-style cable-assisted climbing) trips to the ruins ($120; guidecortina.com). To cycle the same passes that make pros in the Giro d'Italia turn to performance enhancers, take a weeklong bike tour with Trek Travel ($3,195; trektravel.com).

THE DRINK Fifty-five miles south of Cortina, fourth-generation distiller Jacopo Poli handcrafts a grappa that defies the after-dinner liqueur's reputation for harshness. Poli ages his Grappa Poli Barrique for 13 years and produces just 3,000 bottles annually ($90; poligrappa.com).

THE RECOVERY Stay at Cortina's Corte delle Dolomiti Resort (from $90; hotelboite.it) and fend off your hangover with the Tyrolean dumplings at Locatelli alle Tre Cime di Lavaredo, a historic stone climbers' hut 35 miles away (011-39-0474-97-2002).

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