Editor's Letter | March 2016 / by Brian Yost

Focus on the Balkans

When it comes to coverage of the wine industry in the Balkans, Croatia seems to get the most attention from the mainstream wine media. This is difficult to fathom, since there are so many things going on in southeastern Europe. Slovenia may have more wineries per capita than any country in the world and this month Chris Boiling argues that it is also one of the best countries for wine tourism. 

Under Communism, Bulgaria gained an unfortunate reputation for highly tannic bulk wines. Zina Sorensen tells us about the dramatic improvements in wine production brought about by western influence and the rise of numerous new boutique wineries. This is all taking place against the background or the countries rich culture, history and unparalleled beauty.

Moldova may be Europe’s poorest country, but it does have a rich wine tradition. Chris Boiling recently visited Moldova and tells us how the industry is maturing against a seemingly surreal background.

We also hear from YasemenKaner-White, who recently visited the region around Lake Skadar in Montenegro. This is an area with a rich, centuries-old wine tradition centered around one of Europe’s largest lakes.

In her World Platter column, Kristy Wenz continues our Balkan theme with a recipe and its cultural context. Tarragon Potica, a Slovenian specialty, is her March focus.

Chris Boiling submitted a third piece for March, in which he tells the story of hijacking his daughter’s wedding theme to promote obscure wines from southeastern Europe. It is his belief, and that of WTM, that these grapes do not get the attention they rightly deserve.

And much more…

When it comes to coverage of the wine industry in the Balkans, Croatia seems to get the most attention from the mainstream wine media. This is difficult to fathom, since there are so many things going on in southeastern Europe.

Adnan Saribal checks in with an explanation of Mulled Wine in his WTM Wine 101 column. We also hear from Tara Ambrose, who submitted this the March article for Wine in the City. Tara takes us on a tour of two of her favorite New Orleans wine bars. Allison Levine is back again this month to give us a heads up on Santa Barbara’s Spring Harvest Festival. The event is coming up in April, so there is still time to put it on your calendar. Finally, Rebekah Pizana checks in from Dubai where she explores food, wine and culture as the latest installment on her “Where’s Rebekah?” column.

You can see that we have a rich and varied selection for your enjoyment in the month of March. Thank you so much for your continued support and for exploring the entire world of wine with WTM.

Cheers!