Well, it is February and the dead of winter. Groundhog Day is on the second and folklore informs us that we will find out if spring will come early or winter will prevail for six more weeks. Just in case you are interested in escaping the cold northern climes, we have pulled together a theme dedicated to wine adventure nearer the equator and in the southern hemisphere.
Ava Abiad is back this month providing some ideas for “Summer Escapes“ on Southern Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. Two new contributors are also joining us in February. Joanna Snawder takes us to Chile, where she describes a wine tasting tour that will take us from “Santiago to Casablanca.” Then Leanne Wiberg introduces us to something a little more off the grid—India’s Maharashtra “Wine Street.”
If you are planning to remain in the frozen north and tough it out with the rest of us, we have a series of articles I think you will appreciate. For starters, we have contributions from both coasts of North America. Cindy Rynning is checking in after her recent trip to Dahlonega, Georgia and will share her impressions of a region that most of us do not typically associate with wine. Allison Levine reports from Santa Barbara, California for this month’s Wine in the City piece.
From the other side of the “pond,” we bring you London, Rome and Portugal’s Douro Valley. Rebekah Pizana was recently in England’s capital city watching polo and drinking wine. So she wired her latest “Where’s Rebekah?” dispatch from London. A pair of new contributors are also making their WTM debut this month. Nelson Carvalheiro introduces us to Portugal’s Douro Valley, where wine has been made for millennia. Finally, Sarah Maduri shares the details of her recent visit to Rome and takes us on a short food and wine tour on some of the city’s backstreets.
I hope you like our February lineup. We at WTM endeavor to provide coverage of many places you know, but we also want to help you explore the some of the wine world’s hidden gems. If there is something you think we should cover or if you are keen to submit a write-up or pictures from one of your wine adventures, do not hesitate to send them in.
In the meantime, thank you for reading Wine Tourist Magazine.