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In the Dec. 31, 2008 Issue

The Top 100

Cover Story

The Top 100 - Our Annual Roundup of the Year's Most Exciting Wines
The Top 100: Wine of the Year
The Top 100: Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100
The Top 100: The 2008 Top 100 by Region and Variety
The Top 100: Highest-Scoring Releases of 2008
The Top 100: Great Values of 2008
The Top 100: Wines of the Year 1988 to 2007
The Top 100: 10 Years of Top 10s
The Top 100: Top 100 at a Glance


Tasting Reports

Brut Strength - While quality and prices are as high as ever, Champagne still delivers values
FREE: Champagne Alphabetical Listing
Best American Sparkling Wines
FREE: U.S. Sparkling Wines Alphabetical Listing
Oregon's Pinot Noir Diversity - Wild swings in vintage conditions give vintners plenty of chances—and challenges
FREE: Oregon Alphabetical Listing


The Gray Fox - With subtlety and skill, Joseph Henriot is making his mark in Champagne and Burgundy


The 2008 Wine Experience - Winemakers, chefs and fans gather in New York to celebrate outstanding wines despite a troubled economy


Books for Wine Lovers - Our editors' guide to notable reads from 2008


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue: The Year in Wine




Sonoma Winemakers Clash - Plan to expand Russian River Valley appellation has some crying foul
End of the Road for Coonawarra Vineyards?
Brunello to Remain 100 Percent Sangiovese; Probe Continues
Out-of-State Retailers Given Same Shipping Rights As Wineries
Robert Mondavi Institute Opens at UC, Davis


Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: A Feast of Fishes
Tastes: Party Flute
Tastes: Along for The Ride
Tastes: Dry Ice

Savvy Shopper

The Savvy Shopper - Big Reds From California, Australia and France


World of Opportunities
My Wines of the Year


Impressive Wines From a Watershed Vintage - A blind tasting of 1998 Oregon Pinot Noirs
Mixed Signals in Wine Auction Markets - Record-breaking lot sales are tempered by weak overall percent-sold rates

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Eric Zillier

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

IMPROVED WINE SEARCH:  We've made it even easier to search the more than 203,000 wines in our online wine ratings database. Now you can search the tasting-note text to find wines with the characteristics you most enjoy.

NEW VALUE WINE LISTS:  Our exclusive lists of the world's top wine values are perfect for holiday party planning and great gift ideas.

CELLAR MANAGEMENT TOOLS:  Organize the bottles in your collection in a personal database. Track the value of your cellar. Print shelf tags. Make a shopping list of new, highly rated wines. You can do all these things online in one convenient location, using our Personal Wine List and My Cellar companion tools.

WINE SPECTATOR MOBILE:  Need wine buying information on the go? Try our new mobile site for Internet-enabled smartphones, PDAs and other devices, at mobile.winespectator.com. Search for wine scores and tasting notes in our complete database, consult our vintage charts, and check your shopping lists and current cellar inventory on your Personal Wine List.

TOP 100 OF 2008:  What makes a wine a member of this exclusive club? Find out as Wine Spectator's senior editors discuss this year's Top 10 wines in a video series. Plus, get a handy printable list of the full Top 100.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING:  If you're hosting friends or family, we'll help you pull off a great party with crowd-pleasing recipes and wines that won't bust your budget. Plus, get great gift ideas.

HOLIDAY SPARKLERS:  Take a video tour of Schramsberg with Hugh Davies, who carries on his parents' vision of making America's top sparkling wine.

2008 CALIFORNIA WINE EXPERIENCE:  The highlights of this year's most popular seminars were captured in three new videos:

  • Top 10 of 2007:  Meet the winemakers and learn about each of these amazing wines, from Krug to Clos des Papes.
  • Celebrity Chefs' Wine Pairings:  Find out what Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali cooked up this year. Also, see which wine matches worked out the best—the chefs' or executive editor Thomas Matthews'.
  • Bordeaux 2005 Tasting:  Watch senior editor James Suckling present some of his favorite wines from this exceptional vintage.

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