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In the Dec. 31, 2015 - Jan. 15, 2016 Issue

The Top 100

The wines our editors found among the most interesting in 2015 are a diverse group—ranging from emerging labels and regions to traditional estates exploring new directions—but all generated excitement.

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

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

Cover Story

The Top 100 - Bringing together exceptional bottles from across the winemaking world, our editors' list of the year’s most exciting wines emphasizes distinctive terroirs, diverse styles, impressive value and stellar quality

WineSpectator.com: Why We Chose the Top 10 Wines: Join Wine Spectator's senior editors as they describe the Top 10 wines of 2015—and the factors that earned them a coveted spot in our annual list.

Wine of the Year
Top 100 at a Glance
Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100
Top 100 by Region and Variety
Wines of the Year 1988 to 2014
10 Years of Top 10s
Values in the Top 100
Tasting Notes for the Top 100 Wines
Classic-Scoring Wines of 2015


Tasting Reports

Washington's Diversity - Known for powerful Cabernets and Syrahs, the state is trying its hand at Malbec and Chardonnay, with impressive results
FREE: Washington Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Washington Alphabetical Listing - More than 920 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.

10 to Watch in Washington
Malbec Matures - Argentinian winemakers seek new terroirs for their centerpiece red varietal
FREE: Argentina Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Argentina Alphabetical Listing - More than 415 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 New York Wine Experience - Wine lovers from across the world converge on Manhattan for Wine Spectator's annual exultation of wine culture

WineSpectator.com: We've got even more coverage of these great tastings and seminars online, where we bring the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photo galleries and videos.

The Seminars
The Big Finish: The Grand Award Banquet
In Memoriam - Wine Spectator Honors Notable Vintners


100 Values - Find affordable bottlings across six categories: light and rich whites, elegant and big reds, rosé and sparkling

WineSpectator.com: 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.


Books: The Best New Wine Titles, Reviewed - This year's wine books include works by an economist, a winemaker and a cartographer


Treasury Wine Estates Buys Diageo Wine Interests
Ernie Els Wines Takes on Investment Partner to Spur Growth


French Cancer Cases Linked to Vineyard Pesticide Use

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

China’s Counterfeit Wine Market Booms
Château Margaux Auction Realizes $2.8 Million at Sotheby's
In Brief: Chanel Buys Napa Valley's St. Supéry

Savvy Shopper

Washington Winners, Treats from Europe, South American Reds


Tiramisu for Holiday Entertaining

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of David Gibbons' columns and other articles about cheese.


Best New Spirits of 2015

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


Celebrate at Grand Award–Winning Restaurants - Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. With more than 3,600 award winners for 2015, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.


2005 California Cabernet - In a challenging vintage, seasoned vintners came through with sumptuous wines

Cellars / Collections

Margaret Rens' Bordeaux château - A Dutch expat embraces the old and the new in a Bordeaux château


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Reflections on a year in wine

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 - 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.)

James Molesworth - "Plan B" wines

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Molesworth shares updates from his recent tastings, visits and chats with winemakers in regions as diverse as Bordeaux, Provence, the Rhône and South Africa. Join the conversation with other members.

FAQ Sports Stars in Wine

WineSpectator.com: Want more from Dr. Vinny? Our advice expert provides saucy answers to all sorts of questions—from tough topics about the technical aspects of winemaking to the finer points of wine etiquette—three days a week on WineSpectator.com. Submit your questions at www.winespectator.com/drvinny or on Twitter via @AskDrVinny.

A Perfect Match

Jimmy Bannos Jr.'s Grilled Octopus With a Jura White

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 WINES OF 2015 Watch Wine Spectator's senior editors discuss this year's Top 10 wines and how they were selected in a video series. And don't forget to enter Wine Spectator's free Top 100 sweepstakes through Dec. 15, and you might win a chance to taste this year's Top 10 wines at the 2016 Wine Experience!

PARTY PLANNING Need help with your holiday entertaining? We've got you covered. We've called on top chefs to share some favorite dishes, while Wine Spectator editors recommend great new gifts and wallet-friendly wines.

HARVEST REPORTS Get an early look at expected quality for 2015 in key regions in the Northern Hemisphere.

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