Editor's Letter | October 2016 / by Brian Yost

In the northern hemisphere, it is harvest season and the fall foliage will peak in wine country at some point during the month. October is a prime month for wine tourism whether you are flying to a distant region or visiting a local winery. Also this month Wine Tourist Magazine is reporting on a range of old and new world regions.

Our coverage of the old world begins with a look at Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region by Cindy Swain. A pair of new writers is joining us. Madelena Vidigal has contributed to our #winetourist community page more than once, but she is now joining us with a feature article. Madelena reports in from Portugal’s lesser-known Alentejo wine region. From there we head north to France. We are all familiar with the excellent sparkling wine, but Matthias Collard introduces us to the Champagne region.

October is a prime month for wine tourism whether you are flying to a distant region or visiting a local winery. Also this month Wine Tourist Magazine is reporting on a range of old and new world regions.

Among our new world coverage, Paula Theotonio joins us for the first time to tell us about a region of Brazil that is slightly off the grid. The São Francisco Valley is literally the hottest wine region on earth and a place that Paula is passionate about. In North America Matt Weiland is back this month to deliver insights into inoculation programs at some of the most progressive wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Finally we take you to California where Allison Levine tells us about some of the wine venues in Carmel and shows us around the Stags Leap District in Napa. We are also happy to offer a review of Craig and Kathryn Hall’s new book A Perfect Score about their journey to a 100-point Parker score for one of their Napa wines.

Of course there is more. Kristy Wenz submitted a recipe for a hearty Portuguese feijoada and insightful context for the October installment of her World Platter column. In addition, we have six contributors to our #winetourist community page and Michael Green is back again with another collection of his brilliant Winetoons.

As always we are happy to provide small glimpses into the entire world of wine. This edition contains both well known and lesser-known destinations. But don’t leave it entirely up to us to decide on what to offer. Let us know how you think we are doing and please know that we welcome recommendations on topics and destinations.

In any case, we hope you enjoy our October offerings.

Cheers!