Editor's Letter | January 2016 / by Brian Yost

Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of Wine Tourist Magazine. We are trying out a few new things in 2016. First of all, you will notice a tab with a listing of WTM partners. We wanted to recognize other wine tourism organizations that are supporting our effort with cross promotion and the occasional special offer for WTM readers. I hope you will take a look and give these businesses your support.

We have a couple new contributors in this latest edition. Adnan Saribal is joining us with a monthly wine education column—WTM Wine 101. These will consist of a series of vignettes providing context to a particular picture. This month he offers a brief insight into grapevine grafting.  In addition, Matt Wieland has contributed an article on a region within Oregon’s Willamette Valley. He offers a brilliant description of the Columbia Gorge AVA.

Both I, and the WTM staff, want to wish you the best possible New Year. So, please read on, discover all that our January edition has to offer and stick with us throughout the year as we endeavor to take you to the entire world of wine.

The primary focus of this month’s edition is Greece. Allison Levine is back with a series of articles. Her piece on Santorini will take us off the beaten path on an island that is a major tourist destination. Marc Suspic has also returned after a several month hiatus. Marc was recently in Santorini, so we have curated a pair of videos from his Wine Living blog.  Kristy Wenz also joins us with the recipe for a Santorini Meza along with the cultural context. But there is more! As I said, Allison contributed a series of articles. She will also take us on a day tour of the Island of Folegandros, as well as a trip through the culinary backstreets of Athens.

Ah, but we have much more in this special January edition. Christine Campbell has been an editorial mainstay of late and an avid ambassador for British Columbia. She will take us on a tour of wine bars around the Whistler ski resort. When you think of Kansas City, Missouri, you may not think of wine, but Danny Wood will correct that misconception with a look at some of the exciting must-see spots in that city. Finally, Rebekah Pizanah sends the latest dispatch from Melbourne, Australia for her Where’s Rebekah series.

Both I, and the WTM staff, want to wish you the best possible New Year. So, please read on, discover all that our January edition has to offer and stick with us throughout the year as we endeavor to take you to the entire world of wine.