Editor's Letter | January 2017 / by Brian Yost

Happy New Year!

Another year has passed and Wine Tourist Magazine is looking forward to bringing you twelve more months of great content. We will continue to take you to the corners of the globe where we will focus on both famous and obscure wine regions. So we are kicking off January with that precise goal in mind.

It is winter in the northern hemisphere so our plan this month was to take a look at seasonal activities paired with wine. Toward that end, Chris Boiling submitted an excellent piece on skiing and wine in Slovenia. We are running Chris’ write up as our feature article. As a companion piece, Kristy Wenz offers us another page from her World Platter cookbook and offers us background and a recipe for Gobov Juha, which is a seasonal Slovenian soup.

From that point, we begin to deviate sharply from the winter format, but remain for a time in the general region.  Hillary Zio offers insights into the rise of Central Europe on the wine scene and provides details on Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia in particular. Matthew Horkey and Charine Tan take us to Bozcaada, Turkey for a look at the island’s obscure but robust wine industry. This is complemented by a review of their recently published book, “Uncorking the Caucasus.”

From all of us at Wine Tourist Magazine, let me reiterate our enthusiastic wishes for a happy and prosperous new year. May the coming months include wine adventures of your own.

From there we move west to Southern Spain and the region around Axarquia, Spain. Nacho Sanchez provides his typical thorough look at that region and provides a host of detail, insights, and travel tips. Benoît Lefèvre checks in from his home base in Montreal, Cananda to take us on a tour of some of his favorite wine spots. Then we move on to Asia and Manila, Philippines.  Rosa Hermoso provides details on a couple of hot spots that are instrumental in introducing wine to a largely beer-drinking culture.

Of course there is more. We bring you more of Michael Green's increasingly popular Winetoons and a host reader photographs on January’s #winetourist community page.

So from all of us at Wine Tourist Magazine, let me reiterate our enthusiastic wishes for a happy and prosperous new year. May the coming months include wine adventures of your own.

Cheers!