Today we say good-bye to one of my favorite magazines—the AZ Wine Lifestyle, published by Josh and Rhonni Moffitt. The team is pulling the plug on the print version of this fine-looking quarterly, after a full six years of publication. In the Letter from the Publisher in this last issue (Winter 2013), Rhonni said:
“It’s with a very heavy heart to inform you that this will be our last issue of the print publication. After much soul searching, financial planning, and deep thought, Josh and I have had to make the decision to close the magazine.”
This magazine has served as my guidebook of the Arizona wine industry, showcasing Arizona’s wine—its people, wines, vineyards, farming, events, struggles, successes, and phenomenal growth. The first time I picked up an issue Arizona Vines & Wines (its former name), I was impressed with its quality production and gorgeous advertisements. But mostly, I was captivated by the wealth of information about what all was going on in the wine industry throughout the state. With every quarterly issue since, I realized more and more wine-tasting destinations, as well as more public wine events. It has served as a monitor to my self-imposed education on Arizona wine and winemakers. Readers also could delight with articles about fine restaurants and places to enjoy locally produced wines, plus art, beer, spirits, and brewery options of all sorts. These pages have truly have brought the Arizona wine industry to life and infused it with a huge following of lovers of Arizona-produced wines.
The publishing team will continue to run their website, including wine country information, event calendar, and blog updates. A weekly email newsletter, The Grapevine, will also continue to keep subscribers informed on a timely basis. You’ll want to grab your own copy of the AZ Wine Lifestyles Winter 2013 issue, now available in wine tasting rooms, wine shops, many restaurants, and several supermarkets throughout the state.
The Moffitts have been a joy to work with, and I’m most proud to have had the opportunity to contribute to this magazine on occasion. I wish them the very best, and raise a glass to their continued success and happiness, wherever their next chapter leads.