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In the Dec. 31, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2018 Issue

The Top 100 Wines of 2017

Our Top 100 of 2017 includes time-tested vintners, new labels, up-and-coming regions and a diverse range of grape varieties—a microcosm of the wine world today. These are producers to watch in the coming months and years.

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

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

Cover Story

The Top 100
- As the wine world grows so too does the challenge of winnowing the exceptional from the everyday. Here, our editors survey the globe to bring you the most exciting wines blind-tasted in 2017, a selection representing the upper echelon of quality, diversity and value
Wine of the Year
Top 100 at a Glance
Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100
Top 100 by Region and Variety
10 Years of Top 10s
Wines of the Year 1988 to 2016
Values in the Top 100
Tasting Notes for the Top 100 Wines

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Join Wine Spectator's senior editors as they discuss this year's Top 10 in our annual video series.

Features

Tasting Reports

Made in America
- The world of domestic sparkling wine continues to diversify, with delicious bubblies hailing from regions around the country
U.S. Sparkling Wines Alphabetical Listing - More than 130 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: Go into the cellars with Schramsberg's Hugh Davies for a sparkling winemaking primer.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: J Vineyards winemaker Nicole Hitchcock explains Pinot Noir's role in her sparkling wines.

Red Zone
- With an increasing emphasis on red blends and Cabernet Sauvignon in addition to its signature Malbec, Argentina is expanding its repertoire
Argentina Alphabetical Listing - More than 230 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: Find out how the Andes impact winemaking in Argentina.

Wine

Washington Titan
- For 50 years, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has propelled U.S. winemaking forward, cultivating diverse brands while maintaining top quality

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Executive editor Thomas Matthews interviews Ste. Michelle CEO Ted Baseler on the occasion of the winery's 50th anniversary.

100 Values
- At $20 or less and 88-plus points, don't miss this selection of whites, reds, rosés and sparklers

WineSpectator.com: XVALUES APP: Find ratings for more Wine Spectator recommended value wines with our free Xvalues app for iOS.

Books

Words on Wine
- Find your next great read in our roundup of wine-themed books published in 2017

Grapevine

In Memoriam: Remembering Wine Leaders Lost This Year

World

California Wine Country Reacts To Devastating Fires

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

Savvy Shopper

Spanish Diversity, Must-Try Malbec, French Finds

Cheese

Gifts For Turophiles

Chocolate

Askinosie's Bean-to-Bar Mission

Travel

Mountain Retreats

Cellars / Collections

Diane Keaton's L.A. Abode

Departments

Classic-Scoring Wines of 2017
FAQ: Wine-themed parties

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue
- Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Columns

James Laube
- Harvest from hell

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
- My wines of the year

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.)

Harvey Steiman
- Tasting Washington wine history

The Buying Guide


For more than 367,000 tasting notes, use WineSpectator.com's Wine Ratings Search, where you can sort by region, variety, vintage, price, score and tasting date.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN 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 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.

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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.

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