In the December 31, 2016 Issue
This year's Top 100 takes in wines from 14 countries, with the U.S. leading the way with 32 wines and California fielding the largest contingent from any region. The 2016 list also emphasizes value, including 29 wines at $20 or less.
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 Argentine wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.
Cahors: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Cahors wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.
The Top 100 - Drawing on the ever-expanding bounty of the wine world, the best wines of 2016 bring the globe to your glass, with exceptional bottlings showcasing style, value and unsurpassed quality
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 2016and the factors that earned them a coveted spot in our annual list.
WineSpectator.com: Visit our Top 100 website to find matching recipes, videos and in-depth articles related to this year's Top 10. Take look back through wine history with our full set of Top 100 lists back to 1988. And enter Wine Spectator's sweepstakes for a chance to win a bottle of each of the Top 10 of 2015!
Washington's Winning Streak - From ageworthy Cabernets to dynamic Syrahs, this Pacific Northwest state is building on its track record for quality
FREE: Washington Alphabetical Listing - More than 885 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 VIDEOS Get a primer on Washington's top two varietal wines: Chardonnay and Cabernet. What do they taste like and what makes them stand out in the state? For a quick tip, find out which foods pair well with Washington's style of Cabernet. Woodward Canyon owner Rick Small joins Wine Spectator's Gloria Maroti Frazee to taste and talk Washington.
Vintage Vibrancy - At a decade-plus, reds from Quilceda Creek and other Washington standard-bearers are fresh and balanced
Rainy Days - Argentina has struggled in recent vintages with rain and disease in the vineyards, but careful winemaking continues to yield noteworthy reds and whites
FREE: Argentina Alphabetical Listing - More than 430 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 Concrete Philosophy: Why use egg-shaped tanks for fermenting wines? Sebastián Zuccardi, winemaker for Argentina's Familia Zuccardi, joins senior editor Kim Marcus to explain the advantages of concrete and of the unusual shape.
The New York Wine Experience - Thousands of enophiles flocked to Manhattan to celebrate the world of wine
WineSpectator.com: We've got even more coverage of these great tastings and seminars online, where we bring the world's best winemakers, chefs and other stars of the culinary and wine worlds to you with Grand Tasting and Grand Award Banquet photo galleries and videos.
In Memoriam - Wine Spectator pays tribute to wine leaders who died in 2016
100 Values - Great wines costing $20 or less abound across six categories, with pairing suggestions
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.
Cahors Malbec - Cahors seeks to reclaim its identity on the world stage
FREE: Cahors Alphabetical Listing - More than 70 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.
Reviews of Wine Books from 2016 - A collection of new wine books on the personal, the scientific and everything in between
WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.
ThinkFoodGroup's Andy Myers - Andy Myers oversees the ThinkFoodGroup chef's many wine lists with a song in his heart
WineSpectator.com: Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. From among more than 3,500 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.
Cellars / Collections
Kevin and Paula Jussila - Kevin and Paula Jussila built a Finnish-accented compound in Central Coast wine country
WineSpectator.com: Help yourself to a forkful of Kevin and Paula Jussila's hearty locavore lifestyle in Paso Robles with Paula's wine-friendly recipe for wild boar sausage and kale frittata.
New York City Cellaring - In space-starved New York City, wine collections take myriad forms
WineSpectator.com: Want more design inspiration for your wine storage? Our free Collecting email newsletter shares a new age-worthy wine pick in each edition, plus photo galleries on cellar and kitchen design, expert tips on wine collecting and news.
This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken
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.
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.)
A Perfect Match
The Buying Guide
The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.
TOP 100 WINES OF 2016 Join Wine Spectator's senior editors as they discuss this year's Top 10 in our annual video series. Plus, discover more original content. Find matching recipes and more in-depth articles related to this year's Top 10. Take a look through wine history with our full set of Top 100 lists back to 1988. And don't forget to enter our free Top 100 sweepstakes for a chance to win a bottle of each of the Top 10 of 2015!
HOLIDAY PARTY PLANNING We've recruited leading chefs to share some of their favorite dishes for seasonal entertaining, while Wine Spectator editors recommend crowd-pleasing wines that won't strain your holiday budget.
2016 VINTAGE REPORTS What factors affected the expected quality and character of wines from key regions in the Northern Hemisphere? Find out in our in-depth harvest news coverage.
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- Matching Magic—José Andrés' Tomato Tartare: The irrepressible chef returned to the 2016 Wine Experience for another no-holds-barred pairing competition. This time he makes a stand for a vegetable-based dish. Whose wine pick wins out—restaurateur Piero Selvaggio's or executive editor Thomas Matthews'?
- From Star Wars to Stellar Pinot—George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch: Winemaker Scott McLeod shares the scoop on California's little-known Marin County and its distinctive style of Pinot Noir, along with some lore about the filmmaker's wine estate.
- In the Tasting Room at Wine Spectator: Find out how we evaluate wines in our blind tastings. Take a tour inside our New York tasting room with some of our editors and tasting coordinators.
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