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In the December 31, 2016 Issue

Top 100

This year's Top 100 takes in wines from 14 countries, with the U.S. leading the way with 32 wines and California fielding the largest contingent from any region. The 2016 list also emphasizes value, including 29 wines at $20 or less.

Washington: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Washington 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.

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

Cover Story

The Top 100
- Drawing on the ever-expanding bounty of the wine world, the best wines of 2016 bring the globe to your glass, with exceptional bottlings showcasing style, value and unsurpassed quality
Wine of the Year
Top 100 at a Glance
Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100
Top 100 by Region and Variety
Wines of the Year 1988 to 2015
10 Years of Top 10s
Values in the Top 100
Tasting Notes for the Top 100 Wines
Classic-Scoring Wines of 2016

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Why We Chose the Top 10 Wines: Join Wine Spectator's senior editors as they describe the Top 10 wines of 2016—and the factors that earned them a coveted spot in our annual list.

WineSpectator.com: Visit our Top 100 website to find matching recipes, videos and in-depth articles related to this year's Top 10. Take look back through wine history with our full set of Top 100 lists back to 1988. And enter Wine Spectator's sweepstakes for a chance to win a bottle of each of the Top 10 of 2015!

Features

Tasting Reports

Washington's Winning Streak
- From ageworthy Cabernets to dynamic Syrahs, this Pacific Northwest state is building on its track record for quality
FREE: Washington Alphabetical Listing - More than 885 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Get a primer on Washington's top two varietal wines: Chardonnay and Cabernet. What do they taste like and what makes them stand out in the state? For a quick tip, find out which foods pair well with Washington's style of Cabernet. Woodward Canyon owner Rick Small joins Wine Spectator's Gloria Maroti Frazee to taste and talk Washington.

Rainy Days
- Argentina has struggled in recent vintages with rain and disease in the vineyards, but careful winemaking continues to yield noteworthy reds and whites
FREE: Argentina Alphabetical Listing - More than 430 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Concrete Philosophy: Why use egg-shaped tanks for fermenting wines? Sebastián Zuccardi, winemaker for Argentina's Familia Zuccardi, joins senior editor Kim Marcus to explain the advantages of concrete and of the unusual shape.

Events

The New York Wine Experience
- Thousands of enophiles flocked to Manhattan to celebrate the world of wine

WineSpectator.com: We've got even more coverage of these great tastings and seminars online, where we bring the world's best winemakers, chefs and other stars of the culinary and wine worlds to you with Grand Tasting and Grand Award Banquet photo galleries and videos.

People

In Memoriam
- Wine Spectator pays tribute to wine leaders who died in 2016

Wine

100 Values
- Great wines costing $20 or less abound across six categories, with pairing suggestions

WineSpectator.com: WineSpectator.com members: Find great values throughout the coming year, with our regularly updated lists of Top Values, Easy Finds and Wineries for Value, categorized by region and/or type.

Cahors Malbec
FREE: Cahors Alphabetical Listing - More than 70 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

Books

Reviews of Wine Books from 2016

Grapevine

Business

Constellation Buys Five Brands from Charles Smith
Château Margaux Names New Managing Director

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

People

ThinkFoodGroup's Andy Myers

The Environment

Silver Oak Achieves Green Milestone

Travel

Cayman Islands Cookout

WineSpectator.com: Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. From among more than 3,500 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Wine Auctions

Collecting ABCs

Cellars / Collections

Kevin and Paula Jussila - Kevin and Paula Jussila built a Finnish-accented compound in Central Coast wine country

WineSpectator.com: Help yourself to a forkful of Kevin and Paula Jussila's hearty locavore lifestyle in Paso Robles with Paula's wine-friendly recipe for wild boar sausage and kale frittata.

New York City Cellaring

WineSpectator.com: Want more design inspiration for your wine storage? Our free Collecting email newsletter shares a new age-worthy wine pick in each edition, plus photo galleries on cellar and kitchen design, expert tips on wine collecting and news.

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue
- Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

Washington Standouts, German Giants, South African Treasures

Columns

James Laube
- Reflections on 2016

WineSpectator.com: 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.

Matt Kramer

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

A Perfect Match

Pot Roast with Gigondas

The Buying Guide


For more than 350,000 tasting notes, use WineSpectator.com's Wine Ratings Search, where you can sort by region, variety, vintage, price, score and tasting date.

TOP 100 WINES OF 2016 Join Wine Spectator's senior editors as they discuss this year's Top 10 in our annual video series. Plus, discover more original content. Find matching recipes and more in-depth articles related to this year's Top 10. Take a look through wine history with our full set of Top 100 lists back to 1988. And don't forget to enter our free Top 100 sweepstakes for a chance to win a bottle of each of the Top 10 of 2015!

HOLIDAY PARTY PLANNING We've recruited leading chefs to share some of their favorite dishes for seasonal entertaining, while Wine Spectator editors recommend crowd-pleasing wines that won't strain your holiday budget.

2016 VINTAGE REPORTS What factors affected the expected quality and character of wines from key regions in the Northern Hemisphere? Find out in our in-depth harvest news coverage.

WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week for a new mobile-friendly video:

  • Matching Magic—José Andrés' Tomato Tartare: The irrepressible chef returned to the 2016 Wine Experience for another no-holds-barred pairing competition. This time he makes a stand for a vegetable-based dish. Whose wine pick wins out—restaurateur Piero Selvaggio's or executive editor Thomas Matthews'?
  • From Star Wars to Stellar Pinot—George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch: Winemaker Scott McLeod shares the scoop on California's little-known Marin County and its distinctive style of Pinot Noir, along with some lore about the filmmaker's wine estate.
  • In the Tasting Room at Wine Spectator: Find out how we evaluate wines in our blind tastings. Take a tour inside our New York tasting room with some of our editors and tasting coordinators.


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