In the Dec. 31, 2014 Issue

The Top 100

Vintage shows its trump card in 2014. California, France and Italy play major roles as in years past, but with an atypical mix of grape varieties and regions. The biggest story is Portugal and its best-in-a-generation 2011 harvest.

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Champagne: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Champagne wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Argentina: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Argentine wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

The Top 100 - Hailing from across the winemaking world, the superlative wines of 2014 tie together singular expressions of place and style, value and exemplary quality

    Wine of the Year - Leading a classic 2011 vintage in Portugal's Douro River Valley, this year's best wine stuns with precision and power


    Tasting Reports

    Champagne's Fresh Faces - New producers are energizing France's historic sparkling wine region, balancing tradition and innovation

      The Other Side of Champagne - The Aube zone draws inspiration from Burgundy's celebrated still wines BONUS VIDEO Cristal Shines: Louis Roederer's Frédéric Rouzaud joined senior editor Alison Napjus to compare vintages of Cristal back to 1990. Learn about these superlative wines and how they evolve over time.

    Argentina, Elevated - While Malbec continues to excel, other red and white varieties are gaining traction



    Recommended Reading - Wine Spectator editors review the latest books on wine's places and faces





    Vintner Alberto Arizu - Argentinian vintner Alberto Arizu found winemaking success with a forgotten French grape




    Wine Auctions

    Third-Quarter Analysis - Domestic sales outshine Hong Kong; plus, the most expensive rosé ever sold? Want to build up your cellar? Sign up for our free Collecting & Auctions email: Get a new collectible wine pick in each edition, plus expert tips on collecting, news and analysis.


    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken


    Savvy Shopper


    James Laube - Surprises abound In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 WINES OF 2014 What makes a wine a member of this exclusive club? Find out as our editors discuss this year's Top 10 in a video series and explain how we select them. Plus, view our full archives of all the Top 100 lists back to 1988.

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HOLIDAY HELP We've got you covered from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve! Wine Spectator editors recommend great new recipes for entertaining, gifts for wine lovers, and well-rated, wallet-friendly red, white and sparkling wines.

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