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In the Dec. 31, 2013 Issue

The Top 100

Ever more esoteric categories shine in the Top 100 spotlight. Wines from often overlooked locales are among those our editors found most compelling in 2013.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

The Top 100 - The most compelling wines of 2013, based on quality, value, production and overall excitement. Our diverse list features wines from 14 nations and four U.S. states
Wine of the Year - A historic producer in Spain's Rioja fuses modernity and tradition to make the year's best
Top 100 at a Glance
Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100
Top 100 by Region and Variety
Wines of the Year 1988 to 2012
10 Years of Top 10s
Tasting Notes for the Top 100 Wines
Classic-Scoring Wines of 2013


Tasting Reports

Washington's Rising Star - Syrah rides high as the state's breakout red
FREE: Washington Alphabetical Listing - More than 960 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.
Prince of Walla Walla - Chris Figgins has big plans for his family winery, Leonetti Cellar
Sherry's Allure - Innovation spurs a revival of quality in this storied region
FREE: Sherry Alphabetical Listing - More than 65 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.
The ABCs of Sherry


The New York Wine Experience - Winemakers and wine lovers stream to Manhattan for a weekend of exciting tastings and seminars Check out even more coverage of all our 2013 New York Wine Experience events, including our Grand Tasting photo gallery and seminar videos.

Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2012
Gaja: Barbaresco and Beyond
Peter Michael Explores Terroir
Cristal Shines Through the Years
Germany's Rare Rieslings
An Homage to Beaucastel's Roots
Putting Spain's Toro on the Map
Food, Wine and Fun
Matt Kramer's Iberia
Celebrated Winemakers at the New York Experience
It's a Wrap: The Grand Award Banquet


100 Outstanding Values - The best buys on the market today from around the world. Plus, high-production values 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.

Bargain Bubblies - Outside of Champagne, there is a wealth of well-priced alternatives


For the Library - Reviews of the latest wine-related books to hit the shelves



West Coast Wineries Quietly in Play - Recent sales of Qupé, Araujo and Mayacamas prove newcomers see potential Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation Benefits Hospitality Program at Florida International - FIU hospitality school will train students in Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Lab
Napa Valley Hospital Fundraiser Breaks Record


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

Chef Charlie Trotter Dies
In Brief: The New York Wine Experience; Auctions Lawsuit

The Environment

Oregon Overhauls Its Sustainability Program
Compound Found In Wine Could Improve Biodiesel
A Book to Boost Your Green IQ - The Green Vine: A Guide to West Coast Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic Wines By Shannon Borg

Savvy Shopper

French Values, Italian Reds, Riesling Roundup


Sparkling-Wine Matches Members can reference our full archives of Sam Gugino's columns and other articles on cheese.


Bonbon Recipe Members can reference our full archives of Owen Dugan's columns and other articles on chocolate.


Savoring Blended Scotch Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge's columns and other articles on spirits.


Hot Spots in Houston, Montreal and San Francisco Find nearly 3,800 dining spots with award-winning wine lists in our online Restaurant Search.

Wine Auctions

Third-Quarter Analysis - Record prices for lots with good provenance; New York rose and Hong Kong fell

Cellars / Collections

At Home with Chicago Chef Paul Kahan - The prominent Chicago chef keeps a small, but exceedingly functional, kitchen


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Terroir test 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.

Matt Kramer - Wines of the year For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

A Perfect Match

Allen Routt's Pistachio-Crusted Filet Mignon With a Red Blend - Chef Allen Routt, The Painted Lady, Newberg, Ore.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 WINES OF 2013 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 and explain how we select them. Plus, for the 25th anniversary of the list, explore an interactive infographic showing how the Top 10 has changed over time.

HOLIDAY PARTY IDEAS We've got you covered through the New Year! Wine Spectator editors recommend great new recipes, gifts for wine lovers, and well-rated, affordable red, white and sparkling wines for your festivities. Plus, check out our new monthly feature, Three's a Charm, showcasing versatile small plates—from fresh shrimp dishes to variations on wings—for parties any time of year.

VINTAGE REPORT CARD Get an early look at the expected quality for 2013 in key regions in the Northern Hemisphere.

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

  • Blending Champagne Great Champagnes are often blends of wines from different vineyards, varieties and vintages. The iconic Moët & Chandon Imperial is composed of more than 100 wines. Learn more from chef de cave Benoît Gouez.
  • St.-Joseph Rising: As this Rhône appellation expanded, its wines lost their intensity. Now top winemakers are revitalizing the vineyards and making fabulous wines. Philippe Guigal shares his insights as he pours his family's white and red lieux-dits and the red Vignes de l'Hospice in this two-part video.
  • How We Taste—Inside Wine Spectator's Tasting Department: Wine Spectator reviewed more than 20,000 wines in blind tastings in 2013. See how this process works in this behind-the-scenes tour.

700+ 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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  • Education: Take Wine Spectator School's online courses, from the ABCs of Tasting to seminars on Food Pairing and top world regions.
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