Editor’s Letter

Working in the wonderful world of wine has its perks. This issue should be a testament to how great this life can be!

While we have covered many territories in France, this issue contains our report from our first-ever visit to Bordeaux. As I read our final stories I could not help thinking about planning another visit soon. Our first visit just scratched the surface. There are so many more appellations and chateaus to explore. So many more winemakers and chefs to meet. So many more wines to taste! C’est la vie!

Warren Winiarski has a distinguished career in the wine industry. He is the founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, whose 1973 SLV Cabernet Sauvignon famously won the Judgment of Paris in 1976 and helped California gain respect on the worldwide wine stage. While this achievement led to enormous business success, Winiarski has been transformed into an evangelist for California wines and has been a big supporter for preserving its place in history. We were honored to meet Warren and to get his take on past and current topics that pique his interest.

Wine Country International was born in New York. But after experiencing the sad events of September 11, 2001, we decided to move our family and company to the suburbs of Denver. Colorado has been our home base for the past 15 years. The weather is milder than most people expect, and the state enjoys about 300 days of sunshine per year. Most Coloradoans are quite friendly.

A lot has changed since we first arrived. Construction is booming everywhere. The food scene has transformed immensely. There are more restaurants per capita in Denver than New York City. Top Chef Season 15: Colorado Edition is in the works, filming in a Denver suburb.

Our editors also visited New Orleans to experience Emeril’s flagship restaurant. We arrived knowing the food would be great. We also discovered that Emeril’s Restaurant and its passionate Chef/Owner are pretty serious about wine!


Christopher J. Davies