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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

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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
Top 100 at a Glance
Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100
Top 100 by Region and Variety
Wines of the Year 1988 to 2010
10 Years of Top 10s
Tasting Notes for the Top 100 Wines - What does it take to be Top 100? Read the tasting notes to find out why our editors liked these wines so much
Classic-Scoring Wines of 2011 - Wine Spectator rates more than 16,000 wines a year; of these, only some 300 scored 95 points or higher in 2011

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.

Features

Tasting Reports

Champagne’s Tapestry of Flavors - Vintage and non-vintage wines balance power with elegance
FREE: Champagne Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 350 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.

Small-Grower Success - Family firms make their brand off their land
American Made - Sparkling wines from the West Coast and New Mexico show impressive quality
FREE: U.S. Sparkling Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 90 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.

100 Outstanding Values - France and Italy lead the way with the most notable values of the year
The Biggest Bargains - These very good wines offer value with a bonus—at least 20,000 cases to go around

Travel

Hidden Delights in Palm Beach, Fla. - This golfer’s paradise offers an appetizing array of dining spots

Events

2011 New York Wine Experience - The event’s 30th anniversary brought together wine lovers and luminaries for a weekend of world-class tastings and seminars

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Watch our 30th anniversary Wine Experience video, plus dramatic, high-definition aerial videos of the five Bordeaux first-growth châteaus. Here's more from the 2011 New York Wine Experience, including our Grand Tasting photo gallery.

Books

New Reads for the Holiday Season and Beyond

Grapevine

Business

Bill Price: California’s on his plate

World

Wine shipwreck in New Zealand

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

Sunken Treasure

People

Sommelier Patrick Cappiello - Grand Award–winner Gilt’s wine director mixes the classics with the cults

Savvy Shopper

Vibrant Loire Whites, Chilean Reds and Gems from Greece

Chocolate

Water-Based Ganache

Wine Auctions

Third-Quarter U.S. Auction Results - Wine auction sales largely unaffected by drops in stock market indices

WineSpectator.com: Research before you buy or sell at auction. Website members can check the latest auction highlights and track prices for more than 10,000 collectible wines in our Auction Price Database.

Every Dog Has His Day at Napa Auction

Cellars / Collections

Boston chef Ken Oringer - Boston chef designed his own dream kitchen
Chicago collector Robert Clifford - Chicago collector took inspiration from his art collection and put his cellar on display

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Letters

Columns

James Laube - Sierra Foothills surprise

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.)

A Perfect Match

Hedy Goldsmith’s Chocolate Cream Pie With Tawny Port - Chef Hedy Goldsmith, Michael’s Genuine Food and Wine, Miami

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!

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

  • Discover Crisp Italian Whites: Four of Alto Adige’s top wine producers introduce you to the key white grapes in this northeastern region, explaining where they grow and how they taste.
  • 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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  • Advance, Insider and Tasting Highlights: Early notice on our editors’ most exciting wine finds from their latest tastings.

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