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In the Dec. 31, 2011 - Jan. 15, 2012 Issue

Top 100: Our Annual Roundup of the Year's Most Exciting Wines

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

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Cover Story

The Top 100 - Our list of the most interesting and noteworthy wines of 2011 based on quality, price and production, and the excitement factor

    Wine of the Year - How two friends working in a country restaurant realized their dream and have been making memorable Pinot Noirs ever since


    Tasting Reports

    American Made - Sparkling wines from the West Coast and New Mexico show impressive quality

      The Biggest Bargains - These very good wines offer value with a bonus—at least 20,000 cases to go around








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    James Laube - Sierra Foothills surprise 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.

    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 OF 2011 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 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 PARTY IDEAS We’ve got you covered through New Year’s! Wine Spectator editors recommend well-rated, affordable red, white and sparkling wines for the festivities. Plus, great new recipes for holiday meals and gift ideas for the wine lovers on your list!

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  • Brunello di Montalcino: This famous appellation in Tuscany is quite diverse, producing unique reds from its distinctive soils. Bruce Sanderson talks with Canalicchio di Sopra owner Francesco Ripaccioli about which characteristics the different vineyards contribute to the wines.

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