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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


    Tasting Reports

    Sherry's Allure - Innovation spurs a revival of quality in this storied region



    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




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

    The Environment

    Savvy Shopper





    Wine Auctions

    Cellars / Collections


    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.

    A Perfect Match

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.

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  • 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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