Editor's Letter | April 2016 / by Brian Yost

This month we are extremely excited to announce the launch of WTM’s German language edition. www.weintouristmagazin.eu. It is not designed as an exact translation of our English offering, but is intended to appeal to the interests of a German audience. Even if you do not read German, I hope you will jump out and at least take a look.

In honor of this auspicious event, our April theme is Old World—New World. Both editions share the same feature article this month. Patrick Johner is a winemaker in both Germany and New Zealand. He joins us to tell how this happened and the challenges of being a winemaker simultaneously in two worlds.

From the “Old World” this month, Cathy Henton is back with us from France’s Loire Valley to take us on a tour of Anger, which is an easy day trip from Paris. Rebekah Pizana is also checking in from France and tells us about her recent trip to Burgundy. Manuel Cazzaniga joins us for the first time from the island of Sardinia, where he writes and promotes local tourism. He provides a compelling overview of this little-known, but beautiful wine-producing region in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

We are very happy to introduce our new “Be a #winetourist” community page. Each month we will bring you photographs from members of our extended community. It gives us an opportunity to promote wine tourists through their photographs and to tell you a little bit of their story. I hope you will join us by sharing some of your wine adventures.

Coming to us from the “New World,” Christine Campbell weaves camping into a wine road trip through British Columbia. Allison Levine introduces a Denver urban winery as part of our “Wine in the City” series. We are also happy to introduce our new South American correspondent, Alexandra Aranovich. She will lead us through Brazil’s “Little Europe,” which is at the heart of the country’s burgeoning wine country.

Helping tie together the Old and New, Kristy Wenz brings us a culinary combo. Her “fusion lamb chops” combine taste profiles from both worlds.

Also in April, Adnan Saribal provides the latest installment of WTM Wine 101. This month he gives us a concise explanation of grape pomace—both what it is and how it is more than just a byproduct.

Finally, we are very happy to introduce our new “Be a #winetourist” community page. Each month we will bring you photographs from members of our extended community. It gives us an opportunity to promote wine tourists through their photographs and to tell you a little bit of their story. I hope you will join us by sharing some of your wine adventures.

Cheers!