Editor's Letter | May 2016 / by Brian Yost

May marks the twelfth edition of Wine Tourist Magazine and we are making an effort to devote each monthly lineup to a specific theme. That does not mean that we cannot stray slightly from the defined path, but we will be striving more and more to schedule contributions around a general topic. As such, this month is dedicated primarily to Western Europe and we have an exciting series of stories, but I will get to that in a minute.

We are also evolving as we begin to discern the types of material that interest our readers. Last month, as you may know, we added a page devoted to our #winetourist community. It provides a forum through which readers can send us photographs of a food, wine or travel experience and we will post them along with a short narrative about the photographer. In May we brought in a new contributor for our popular Wine 101 column. Christine Davis is taking over as a monthly contributor and you will find that she provides a narrative that speaks to her monthly topic. I think you will enjoy this new direction.

Another change you might notice in May is retirement of the “Where’s Rebekah?” column. We want to thank Rebekah Pizana for her willingness to step up and provide monthly content as we were getting our feet under us. We are redirecting her original idea into something more inclusive. It is and always has been our goal to involve our readers. So the new “Where’s #winetourist?” page will be devoted each month to someone outside the team of regular WTM contributors. It provides another opportunity to give voice to some of your favorite adventures. So far we have had a pretty good response from our community.

As always, if there is something you want to see, please let us know and we will do our best to cover that topic. In the mean time, we hope you will continue to be a #winetourist and remain a part of our community.

This month we have some amazing stories and a few new writers. A journalist from Malaga, Spain writes our feature article. This is Nacho Sanchez’s first piece for WTM and he tells us about some of his favorite spots in Ronda. Cindy Swain also joins us for the first time with a piece about Franciacorta, Italy and the sparkling wines from that stunning region, which are largely unknown to many wine lovers. Continuing our romp through Western Europe, Ingo Deckler offers insights into a few wine towns in the German Franconia. As a perfect pairing for Ingo’s article, Kristy Wenz provides background and a recipe for, Zwiebelkucken, a very popular regional specialty. Then we move further west. Valérie Nourissat, another new contributor, guides us along the Route des Grands Crus in her native Burgundy. Finally, we come full circle and return to Italy. Karin Irvine tells us about her recent vacation in Tuscany in the inaugural piece for the “Where’s #winetourist?” page.

And that is not all...

This month we also explore some of Sarita Cheaves’ favorite wine bars in Old Town Alexandria. Christine Davis provides a narrative description of terroir in her first installment of Wine 101. Allison Levine has become nearly a monthly regular. In May she combines the beach with wine tourism in her article on Pizmo Beach, California. Last, but not least, I have written a review of For the Love of Wine, by Alice Feiring, which recounts her exploration of natural wine in the Republic of Georgia.

You can see that we have something for everyone this month and I hope you will take time to explore our magazine. As always, if there is something you want to see, please let us know and we will do our best to cover that topic. In the mean time, we hope you will continue to be a #winetourist and remain a part of our community.

Cheers!