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In the Dec. 31, 2014 Issue

The Top 100

Vintage shows its trump card in 2014. California, France and Italy play major roles as in years past, but with an atypical mix of grape varieties and regions. The biggest story is Portugal and its best-in-a-generation 2011 harvest.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

The Top 100 - Hailing from across the winemaking world, the superlative wines of 2014 tie together singular expressions of place and style, value and exemplary quality
Wine of the Year - Leading a classic 2011 vintage in Portugal's Douro River Valley, this year's best wine stuns with precision and power
Top 100 at a Glance
Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100
Top 100 by Region and Variety
Wines of the Year 1988 to 2013
10 Years of Top 10s
Values in the Top 100
Tasting Notes for the Top 100 Wines
Classic-Scoring Wines of 2014

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Why We Chose the Top 10 Wines: Join Wine Spectator's senior editors as they describe the Top 10 wines of 2014—and the factors that earned them a coveted spot in our annual list.

Features

Tasting Reports

Champagne's Fresh Faces - New producers are energizing France's historic sparkling wine region, balancing tradition and innovation
FREE: Champagne Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Champagne Alphabetical Listing - More than 800 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.

The Other Side of Champagne - The Aube zone draws inspiration from Burgundy's celebrated still wines

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Cristal Shines: Louis Roederer's Frédéric Rouzaud joined senior editor Alison Napjus to compare vintages of Cristal back to 1990. Learn about these superlative wines and how they evolve over time.

Argentina, Elevated - While Malbec continues to excel, other red and white varieties are gaining traction
FREE: Argentina Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Argentina Alphabetical Listing - More than 390 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.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Tasting the Top from Argentina: In 2012, Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of the Year included a South American beauty. Join Santiago Achával as he describes his dark, layered Achával-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza Finca Bella Vista 2010.

Events

The New York Wine Experience - Thousands flock to Manhattan to take part in Wine Spectator's annual celebration of wine culture
Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2013
How Antinori Changed Tuscany
To Kalon: Napa's Top Terroir
Pairing With the Best
Masters of the Northern Rhône
Icons of Chilean Wine
Masi's Ageworthy Amarone
Benchmark White Burgundy
2014 New York Wine Experience Wine Stars
Great Wines and Good Friends: The Grand Award Banquet

WineSpectator.com: Check out even more coverage of all our 2014 New York Wine Experience events, including our Grand Tasting, seminar and Grand Award Banquet photo galleries.

Books

Recommended Reading - Wine Spectator editors review the latest books on wine's places and faces

Grapevine

Business

Restaurants See Uptick in Fine Wine Sales

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

World

Paso Robles Subappellations Recognized
Looking For King David's Favorite Wine Grape
In Memoriam: Harvey Posert Jr. and Pay Me In Haut-Brion
Value Sparklers

People

Vintner Alberto Arizu - Argentinian vintner Alberto Arizu found winemaking success with a forgotten French grape
Rusty Staub's Wine Auction Raises $1.4 Million for Charity

Cheese

Bringing Back Fondue

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of columns and other articles on cheese.

Chocolate

Richly Flavored Roulade

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of columns and other articles on chocolate.

Spirits

Holiday Cocktails

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge's columns and other articles on spirits.

Wine Auctions

Third-Quarter Analysis - Domestic sales outshine Hong Kong; plus, the most expensive rosé ever sold?

WineSpectator.com: Want to build up your cellar? Sign up for our free Collecting & Auctions email: Get a new collectible wine pick in each edition, plus expert tips on collecting, news and analysis.

Retrospective

Nine Vintages of Yquem

Cellars / Collections

Stew Leonard's Collection - The wine cellar of dairy magnate Stew Leonard Jr. is as vibrant as its owner

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

Spanish Reds, Mosel Riesling, Argentine Whites

Columns

James Laube - Surprises abound

WineSpectator.com: 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 - My Wines of the Year

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

Kim Marcus - Flavorful outliers
Thomas Matthews - In Memoriam

A Perfect Match

Drew Belline’s Ricotta-Beet Canapés with Franciacorta - Drew Belline, Rocket Farm Restaurants, Atlanta

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 WINES OF 2014 What makes a wine a member of this exclusive club? Find out as our editors discuss this year's Top 10 in a video series and explain how we select them. Plus, view our full archives of all the Top 100 lists back to 1988.

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HOLIDAY HELP We've got you covered from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve! Wine Spectator editors recommend great new recipes for entertaining, gifts for wine lovers, and well-rated, wallet-friendly red, white and sparkling wines.

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