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In the Dec. 31, 2010 - Jan. 15, 2011 Issue

Top 100

FREE Wine Charts:

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

Global Sparkling Wines: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Global Sparkling wines 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.

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

Cover Story

The Top 100 - Our list of the most notable wines of 2010, determined by quality, value, availability and the X-factor of excitement
Wine of the Year - How a young and determined winemaker made history with Saxum James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles 2007
Top 100 at a Glance
Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100
Top 100 by Region and Variety
Wines of the Year 1989 to 2009
10 Years of Top 10s
Great Values in the 2010 Top 100
Classic-Scoring Wines of 2010
Tasting Notes for the Top 100 Wines

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, at http://top100.winespectator.com.

Features

Tasting Reports

Ports to Enjoy - Tawny Ports offer mature and rich flavors while ruby Ports supply plenty of youthful fruitiness
FREE: Port Alphabetical Listing - More than 35 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.
Pairing Port - This versatile dessert wine pairs well with everything from cheese to chocolate
Cause for Celebration - Bone-dry or sweet, white or pink, entry level to top of the line, this year’s crop of Champagnes includes something to suit every taste and wallet
FREE: Champagne Alphabetical Listing - More than 330 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: Cristal Clarity: What's the difference between Roederer's non-vintage Champagne and the ultra-luxe Cristal (other than the price)? Join Jean-Baptise Lecaillon and Bruce Sanderson as they taste, and talk, bubbly.

Made in America - California and Oregon lead the way with high quality and well-priced domestic bubblies
FREE: U.S. Sparkling 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.
World Bubblies - From Italian Prosecco to sparkling Shiraz from Australia, choices abound from off-the-radar regions
FREE: Global Sparkling Alphabetical Listing - More than 170 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.

Wine

New World Wine Experience - Scores of exciting wines are being made outside Europe. Las Vegas was the place to be to meet the winemakers behind them

WineSpectator.com: For more about our first New World Wine Experience, including our Grand Tasting photo gallery and videos, check our online coverage.

The Top 10 Wines of 2009
California Cabernet: Classic Vintage 2007
A Corton Vertical From Louis Latour
Oregon’s Great 2008 Pinot Noirs
Old Terroir Meets New Ideas
2010 Marks Gala’s 30th Year

Grapevine

Business

Wholesalers, Retailers and Consumers Clash Over the Future of Wine Sales

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

California’s Four Vines Sold
Napa’s Hall Winery Buys Sonoma Pinot Noir Producer Roessler
Hess Buys Second Argentina Winery

World

Harvest Memories - Winemakers from around the world tell tales from the crush

People

Hockey Star Mark Recchi - From right wing to Right Bank
Fuel for Thought - Self-help author Michael Gelb prescribes wine for the mind

Science

New Dawn for Winemaking Research - High-tech green winery at U.C. Davis promises big dividends

Savvy Shopper

Oregon Pinot Noir and Warm Reds for Cool Nights

Chocolate

Top-Notch Confections - Five new treats for discerning palates

Spirits

Liqueurs for cocktails - Liqueurs and aperitifs are essential to innovative cocktails

Things We Like

Eleven New Reads That Are Worth Your While - Best new books for wine lovers

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Letters

Columns

James Laube - The Next Big Things

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube shares updates from his most recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and he discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - My Wines of the Year

WineSpectator.com: Don't miss Matt Kramer's web-exclusive essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments, but all visitors may read them.)

James Molesworth - Predictions for 2011

A Perfect Match

David Burke’s Lobster Steak With Rosé Champagne - Chef David Burke, David Burke Townhouse, New York

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 OF 2010 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.

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

HOLIDAY TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS We've got you covered from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Leading chefs provide recipes for some of their favorite holiday meals, while Wine Spectator editors recommend recently rated red, white and sparkling wines for your parties. Plus, get great ideas for the wine lovers among your friends and family.

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  • Taming Sangiovese: Castello Banfi's Cristina Mariani- May explains the different approaches taken with this great Tuscan grape for Brunello di Montalcino and for IGT blends.


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