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Editor’s Letter

Home’s Where The Heart Is

Needs must, and I’m sure like me you are paying a great deal more attention to your wine cellar at home as limited access to bars and restaurants has forced us all to delve deep into our own collections for much-required enjoyment.

While wine racks may seem to empty all too quickly, on the upside, tracking down interesting drops to replenish them can become an amusing distraction in itself. As such, we thought we’d get the intel on how wine industry professionals would ideally add to their collections, if given specific budgets to spend.

A virtual tour of Spain can’t be a bad thing, so we invite you to join our panel as they taste their way through delightful reds from Aragón and Castile la Mancha through to La Rioja and Valencia. At the same time, a world away in Canada, Daniel Honan falls hard for Okanagan and its wines. Of course, if you’re going stir crazy at home, it might be time to plan a trip to a local wine region. There are plenty of worthwhile places to visit only a couple of hours’ drive from most major cities. Check out The Inside Scoop for recommendations from those in the know.

Back at the tasting bench, Nick Stock flags the latest wines and the producers to look out for in his Pinot Report, Angus Hughson gives the heads up on the locals doing extremely well with nebbiolo, and Dom Sweeney reveals the winemakers creating extraordinary Rhône-inspired white blends.

Finally, it is with huge excitement we announce, through support of Perpetual, the last four finalists for our Winemaker of the Year Awards 2020. Our contenders are spread far and wide but share the common trait of making some of the best wines in the country. You would be well-advised to grab a bottle or two to top up the cellar, or visit store.gourmettravellerwine.com for all our latest recommendations.

Here’s cheers to drinking well!

Cover image of Chris Catlow taken by Melany Wimpee and courtesy of Company Wine Co.