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from the publisher’s desk
AS WALLY AMOS SAYS on page 13, “Everything must
change.” Fall becomes winter, winter turns to spring and the
Our publishing staff has also been going through some
changes. In January 2013, Anita Thompson left for a well-deserved retirement after 22 years as editorial director for
The Costco Connection. And just a few weeks ago, Dave
Fuller, The Connection’s longtime editor, also retired. For
24 years, Dave led the editorial, advertising, production
and circulation departments of our magazines and cookbooks. We thank Dave for his years of service and his dedication to quality and excellence. We will miss him and
wish him a happy retirement.
This month, we welcome Tim Talevich (below) to his new position as editorial director. Tim started as a reporter for The Connection in 1994. He went on to become managing
editor for our U.S. and international magazines as well as eight Costco cookbooks. He has
proved capable of stepping up to the challenge of overseeing a magazine with a circulation
of more than 8. 6 million members per month.
Your challenge this month may be to pick among all the amazing products and gift
ideas that Costco buyers have made available for this holiday season.
Food and wine are highlights at this time of year, so this issue includes articles about
special wines in our cover story (page 38), a rare 40-year-old Scotch (page 43), wine cruise
vacations (page 83) and Choice and Prime cuts of beef from Costco’s high-grade meat
program as the centerpiece of your holiday meal (page 92, with recipes on page 94).
On the tech side, you will find great values on smart TVs, sound bars, cameras and
other electronics (“Instant savings on electronics,” beginning after page 69), as well as
help from Costco’s free Concierge Service and extra protection through the Square Trade
warranty program (page 75).
Whatever your decision, you have our warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and
Happy Hanukkah from all of us at Costco! C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
IN THE SPIRIT of full disclosure, thoughts of samples did
play a role in getting family wineries on our list of possible
cover stories for this month’s issue. Who wouldn’t be interested in sipping a tête de cuvée Champagne or a Super
Tuscan from Italy—in the name of research, of course.
However, the truth is, this subject stands on its own merits,
tastings or not (there haven’t been any yet, at least not in
the editorial department).
Family-owned wineries are story worthy not only
because many of us love wine itself—including a bottle’s
origins, tasting notes, ratings and so on—but because they
are fascinating businesses, with all the classic elements: passion for the product, risks
taken, rises and falls, and ultimately success. In this case, as our wine buyer Annette
Alvarez-Peters points out in her story, it’s all the more compelling because these people
put their names on what they make.
The biggest challenge for Annette was narrowing the list to fit in our limited space.
With help from her buying team in our corporate office and in our eight regional U.S.
offices, she chose wineries that had earned distinction for having a vision for their wines,
thinking outside the bottle and making it all work through an outstanding commitment
to detail. And, pardon the wine pun, the five wineries profiled here have legs in that they
have stayed around for decades, and even centuries.
Costco treats wine as one of the “treasure hunt” items in our warehouses. You won’t
find an enormous selection of bottles, as you would in a wine specialty shop. Our wine
buyers select a representative sample of excellent wines from around the world, and offer
them at great prices. I like picking up a bottle when I’m in the warehouse and trying something new. And this time of year, a bottle of wine makes a perfect hostess gift, or present
for a special friend. Now I’ll pay a little more attention to those names on the label. C
Tim Talevich is Editorial
Director of The Costco