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In the Dec. 31, 2009 - Jan. 15, 2010 Issue

Top 100

The grinding recession of 2009, combined with a weak dollar, made an impact on the world of wine. Clearly, wine lovers looked for value in 2009, and value is what our 2009 Top 100 delivers.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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.

Cover Story

The 2009 Top 100 - This year’s list reflects the major trends in wine over the past 12 months, with less expensive yet high quality wines from regions around the globe

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

Wine of the Year - Expressive flavors and stylish structure make the Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2005 Wine Spectator’s 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 2008
10 Years of Top 10s
Great Values in the 2009 Top 100
Classic-Scoring Wines of 2009
Top-Scoring Wines of 2009 by Region and Variety

Features

Tasting Reports

Champagne’s Bubble Bursts - After decades of steadily increasing demand, sales of bubbly are slumping—yet quality remains high

WineSpectator.com: More than 300 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.

FREE: Champagne Alphabetical Listing
Domestic Tranquility - As Americans enter a second holiday season on tight budgets, the focus is on the sparkling wines that deliver on excellence and price

WineSpectator.com: More than 75 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.

FREE: U.S. Sparkling Wines Alphabetical Listing

Wine

Bubbly Basics (and Beyond)
2009 New York Wine Experience - Winemakers, chefs and fans unite to celebrate outstanding wines and hope for the future
Tasting the Top 10 of 2008
Celebrity Chef Food-and-Wine Pairing
A Tour of Bordeaux’s Right Bank
Exploring California Pinot Noir
Rising Stars of the Rhône Valley
Comparing 2004 and 1997 Brunello

WineSpectator.com: Don't miss our fun video blogs with the winemakers and guests who attended, plus more photos and complete coverage of all the senior editors' seminars.

Books

Winter Reading Roundup - Our editors review eight books that will keep wine lovers entertained through the long winter months

Grapevine

Business

Americans Drink More Wine Than Ever Before
Diageo Invests in California Properties
Amazon.com Will Not Be Selling Wine

World

Vintners Battle Over Water Rights

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

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - German and U.S. Riesling, Loire reds and a wide range of values

Dining Out

New Italian tables in New York

Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Spirits

Holiday Cocktail Recipe - Spice Up the Season With Eggnog

Wine Auctions

Large-format Bottles

WineSpectator.com: Keep tabs on the auction market. Website members can check the latest auction highlights and track prices for more than 12,000 collectible wines in our Auction Price Database. Also available is a free calendar of upcoming auctions.

Cellars / Collections

Personally Designed Spaces

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Letters

Columns

James Laube - Magical moments

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube reports on a huge sale of Schrader Napa Cabernets and wonders about the confluence of Twitter and winemaking. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - My wines of the year
Harvey Steiman - Reflecting on the Wine of the Year

Wine Talk

Island Def Jam Chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 OF 2009 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 complete Top 100.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING We'll help you throw a great party with crowd-pleasing wines and recipes that won't keep you in the kitchen all day long. Also, check out our great gift ideas.

VINTAGE REPORT CARD Get an early look at the expected quality in key regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

2009 NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Don't miss our fun video blogs of the winemakers and guests who attended, our Grand Tasting photo gallery and complete coverage of all the editors' tastings.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • Cooking for wine: Cafe Boulud's executive chef and sommelier show you how to improve your pairings. Learn how to make Gavin Kaysen's recipes as he prepares a three-course meal in his home kitchen, starting with a delicious salad.

  • Napa Cabernet: Join vintner Tor Kenward as he describes the different characteristics of mountain fruit and valley fruit.


RECIPE SEARCH Access hundreds of wine-friendly dishes perfect for impressing your holiday guests, and search for recipes that pair well with your favorite wines.

FOOD-AND-WINE MATCHING To create even more great pairings, we've added new wine and food categories to our matching tool.

TRAVEL ADVICE Going away for the holidays? Find out which wineries, wine-country hotels and wine-friendly restaurants our editors recommend near your destination, plus learn what fellow readers think of them. Share your own ratings and reviews when you return!

GIFT IDEAS Give a WineSpectator.com membership to your wine-loving friends and family this holiday.

  • Know someone who needs help managing their wine collection? Our handy Personal Wine List tool lets you create shopping lists, track purchases, add personal tasting notes and find out if your collectible wines have gained in value.

  • Or know someone who's always on the go? Wine Spectator Mobile lets you check our 220,000 wine reviews or consult our vintage charts when you're at a restaurant or wineshop.


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