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In the Dec. 31, 2012 - Jan. 15, 2013 Issue

The Top 100

The diversity of the Top 100 attests to the high quality of wines globally. While classic regions performed well, emerging regions such as Argentina, Greece, New Zealand and South Africa made their marks by offering fine quality for price.

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 annual roundup of the year’s most exciting releases spans the winemaking world. Outstanding vintage quality powers strong showings from classic growing areas such as Bordeaux and the Rhône Valley in France, Piedmont and Tuscany in Italy, and California

    Wine of the Year - How a father and son teamed up with a perfectionist winemaker to style a groundbreaking Rhône red from Napa Valley


    Tasting Reports

      Pioneering Vintners - Four small producers who are making their mark in Champagne BONUS VIDEO Coming soon: How does top Champagne evolve as it matures? Learn the answer and much more as Bruce Sanderson and Dom Pérignon chef de cave Richard Geoffroy explore four vintages of singular Champagnes back to 1975.

    Rosés Rising - Pink wines rate highly among the latest releases of American sparklers


    Party Perfect - Three classic yet simple appetizers and wine pairings for your holiday gathering Get inspiration for everyday meals and easy weeknight entertaining with Jennifer Fiedler's online 8 & $20 series. Each recipe contains no more than eight ingredients and is paired with a wine under $20.


    The Best of Vail - New luxury hotels and fine dining venues enliven this Rocky Mountain retreat



      The Biggest Bargains - Best wines for $10 or less Members: Find great values throughout the coming year, with our regularly updated lists of Top Values, Easy Finds and Wineries for Value, categorized by region and/or type.





    Actor Chris Noth - Actor and nightclub owner Chris Noth picks his favorite spot in New York

    The Environment




    Wine Auctions

    Cellars / Collections



    Savvy Shopper


    James Laube - High points of 2012 In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and 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 WINES OF 2012 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.

OUTSIDE THE BOTTLE Our newest guest blogger is Talia Baiocchi, a New York-based wine writer for We think you'll enjoy her savvy and provocative perspective on wine, restaurants and culture, which will appear weekly, exclusively at

HOLIDAY PARTY IDEAS We've got you covered through the New Year! Wine Spectator editors recommend well-rated, affordable sparkling wines, plus reds and whites, for the festivities. Plus, great new recipes and gifts for the wine lovers on your list.

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

650+ WINE-FRIENDLY RECIPES Discover great holiday dishes, from party snacks to hearty feasts to sophisticated entrées. Search our recipe database by food type, matching wine type or ingredient.

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