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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
Top 100 at a Glance
Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100
Top 100 by Region and Variety
Wines of the Year 1988 to 2011
10 Years of Top 10s
Tasting Notes for the Top 100 Wines
Classic-Scoring Wines of 2012

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: What makes a wine a member of this exclusive club? Find out in our video series on this year's Top 10 wines. Plus, get handy printable and interactive lists of the full Top 100; save your favorites to your Personal Wine List.


Tasting Reports

Champagne’s Wealth of Style - Delicious non-vintage bruts and vintage-dated releases are plentiful
FREE: Champagne Alphabetical Listing - More than 410 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.
Pioneering Vintners - Four small producers who are making their mark in Champagne

WineSpectator.com: 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
U.S. Sparkling Alphabetical Listing - More than 100 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical listis available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.


Party Perfect - Three classic yet simple appetizers and wine pairings for your holiday gathering

WineSpectator.com: 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


2012 New World Wine Experience - Wine lovers and leading vintners gather in Los Angeles for a weekend of stellar tastings and seminars
The Top Wines of 2011
California Rhône Reds
The Best of Italy
Palate Test: A Blind Tasting
The Art of Krug Champagne
Exploring Biodynamics
Four Chefs Match Food and Wine
Matt Kramer’s Subtle Australia
An Evening of Celebration
2012 World Wine Experience Wine Stars

WineSpectator.com: Check out even more coverage of all our Wine Experience events in Los Angeles, including our Grand Tasting photo gallery and seminar videos.


100 Top Values of 2012 - At 90 or more points and $18 or less, these wines offer exceptional value for money
The Biggest Bargains - Best wines for $10 or less

WineSpectator.com: 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.


For the Wine Lover - Reviews of recent reads, from encyclopedic tomes to memoirs



Vintners Test the Waters for Aging Wine
Rudy Kurniawan Accuses FBI of Illegal Search
Prats to Leave Cos-d’Estournel
Santa Barbara Vintner Dead in Mysterious Incident
In Brief : Keplinger leaves Bryant, and there is a new executive for China's biggest wine importer

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


Actor Chris Noth - Actor and nightclub owner Chris Noth picks his favorite spot in New York
Another Strong Year for V Foundation

The Environment

French Winery Taps Hemp for Building Blocks


Beyond Manchego in Spain

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


A Tasting Guide

WineSpectator.com: Print a tasting methodology sheet to guide you through the steps of your own chocolate evaluations. Also, members can reference our full archives of Owen Dugan’s columns and other articles on chocolate.


Champagne Cocktails

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

Wine Auctions

Third-Quarter U.S. Auction Results - Demand for Château Lafite declines; Cheval-Blanc hit as well

Cellars / Collections

Michael Mina Group Beverage Director Rajat Parr - Globe-trotting sommelier has a home base in San Francisco for entertaining




Savvy Shopper

Fruit-Filled Reds, Savory Whites and German Rieslings


James Laube - High points of 2012

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: 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

Jesse Mallgren’s Soft-Cooked Egg With Squash and White Burgundy - Executive chef Jesse Mallgren, Madrona Manor, Healdsburg, Calif.

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 Eater.com. We think you'll enjoy her savvy and provocative perspective on wine, restaurants and culture, which will appear weekly, exclusively at WineSpectator.com.

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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