Editor's Letter | November / by Brian Yost

Whether you are joining us for the first time or you are a regular reader, I want to welcome you to the November Edition of Wine Tourist Magazine. We have assembled a very interesting combination of articles and we are introducing a few new contributors. I think you will enjoy our lineup.

This month’s feature article takes us on a tour of wineries, inns and restaurants around Seneca Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes. It is a wine region that most people know only as a producer of Rieslings, but the region has a great deal more to offer. Correspondent Allison Levine is new to the Wine Tourist family. In her first article, she shares the details of her wine adventure as she learns about Seneca Lake’s rich viticultural and culinary offerings. To compliment Allison’s article, Kristy Wenz gives us the background and recipe for Grape Pie in this installment of her “World Platter” column. It is a dessert that originated in the Finger Lakes in the town of Naples and has since become a popular local specialty.

So it is another great month and we want to thank you for joining us in our exploration of the world of wine. Please remember that we want to hear about your wine adventures. If you want to share photographs or a short story, feel free to send them to me at byost@winetouristmagazine.com.

Harvest season is coming to an end and autumn is a time of festivals and celebrations throughout the northern hemisphere. The United States will observe Thanksgiving later this month and writer Jade Helm will tell us how some of the wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley celebrate during this holiday season.

We are also excited to bring you a pair of articles that represent our first look at the Languedoc Region in Southwestern France. It is an area that was once know primarily for bulk wine production, but has gone through a dramatic transformation to become one of the hottest wine regions in France and a perfect wine tourist destination. Valentine Mühlberger joins us for the first time this month to introduce us to La Clape, a Languedoc appellation that recently earned the prestigious AOC designation. We will continue our tour of the region with Helena Nicklin, who has departed from her Winebird’s Vinalogy series in this edition. Instead, she presents us with a video tour of Saint-Chinian. These two articles deliver a detailed overview of an area you will want to see for yourself.

We also take you to Washington D.C., where a third WTM newcomer will give us a few tips about wine tastings throughout that city. Sarita Cheaves received much of her early wine education by attending free wine tastings at D.C.’s many wine shops. Her “Wine in the City” article explains how you can leave your car at home and organize an evening of tastings around the city’s public transportation system.

Finally, Rebekah Pizana is back and she checks in from another fun destination. This month she joins us from Isreal’s Judean Hills for the latest installment of her “Where’s Rebakah?” column.

So it is another great month and we want to thank you for joining us in our exploration of the world of wine. Please remember that we want to hear about your wine adventures. If you want to share photographs or a short story, feel free to send them to me at byost@winetouristmagazine.com.

Cheers!