Touring & Tasting Editor’s Letter: Spring/Summer 2020

Editor’s Letter, Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Touring & Tasting.

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”—Ernest Hemingway


What a pleasure it’s been to begin my tenure as editor in chief of Touring & Tasting with a celebration of the magazine’s 25th anniversary!

There are so many wonderful places to savor your way around the incredible variety of wine-growing regions, and so many great stories to be told. With such a vast and exciting world of wineries, resorts, inns, hotels, tasting rooms, outdoor adventures and other attractions to explore, this issue really is a celebration of some of the most enjoyable things in life.

We’ve got 25 terrific ways to enjoy touring and tasting, featuring a variety of top-notch destinations that are ripe for the sipping (page 32), a look at the evolution of wine tourism through the memories and insights of America’s wine pioneers (page 52), and a fun glimpse into our crystal ball at the future of wine (page 96).

When it comes to wine travel and easy access to amazing wine, food and attractions, the world really is our oyster. In fact, the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival is right near Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley wine country (page 28), Leavenworth, Washington offers a slice of Germany in the Pacific Northwest (page 26) and Paso Robles, California has the incredible “Field of Light at Sensorio” outdoor light installation (page 16), to name just a few of the destinations we share with you on these pages.

Touring & Tasting has been dedicated to exploring the best of wine country for 25 years. It’s an honor to be your guide.


Leslie Dinaberg, Editor in Chief,

Originally published in the spring/summer 2020 issue of Touring & Tasting. Click here to read this story and more!