Editor's Letter | June 2016 / by Brian Yost

June is a big month for WTM. The magazine celebrates its one-year anniversary on the first. We have had a great year during which our publication has evolved significantly and our readership has grown exponentially. In June we also want to recognize National Rosé Day on the 11th. We are bringing you a couple of articles to help commemorate that date. Christine Davis has written a short piece on Provençal Rosé for her Wine 101 column and we are republishing one of our favorite articles by Leslie Rosa, "Sonoma and Napa Seen through Rosé-Filled Glasses."

Our feature article this month explores Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, which is unknown to most wine lovers, but is shaping up to be one of the hottest regions in the Mid Atlantic. Apples were a major part of the Valley’s agriculture. So another feature of our salute to the Shenandoah includes cultural context and a recipe for apple, bacon and leek flatbread from Kristy Wenz.

Staying in the new world and moving west, Matthew Wieland takes us to the Willamette Valley, where he shows us around the section that extends north into Washington. There are some exciting things happening in this little-explored piece of the Valley and Matthew fills us in.

In honor of our successful first year we will be giving away Wine Tourist Magazine t-shirts throughout the month. To qualify, just sign up for our free newsletter. If you are already signed up, you need do nothing else. You are entered in the drawings. We will run reminders and announce winners throughout the month.

Remaining on the west coast, we go south to California. Joanna Snawder shows us around the Carmel Valley, which makes up one small part of Monterey County and California’s Central Coast region. Further north, Allison Levine tells us about the “Winemaker for the Day” program at Joseph Phelps Vineyards in Napa Valley. Finally, we move west to counties near Lake Tahoe. I have put together a short review of Barbara Keck’s new book Wineries of the Sierra Foothills.

Then we take you to the old world, where Helena Nicklin’s brilliant new video will give you five reasons to visit Alsace. Benoît Lefevre helps us discover wine and more in Bierzo, Spain. Further east, Leslie Rosa takes us to some of Venice’s famous wine bars. Continuing east, Aloisia Dauer sits down with Lorena Deaconu, who is one of Romania’s great winemakers.

We are not done yet. We have several wonderful contributions from around the globe on our #Winetourist Community page. We are also trying out something completely new. You may have seen some of them on social media, but we are happy to present some of Michael Green’s Winetoons.

You can see that we have many things on tap for the month of June. We hope you enjoy our lineup and we want to thank you for making our first year a success. Stay with us and let us know what you want to see in the coming year.