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In the Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2017 Issue

Editors' Picks

Take a tour around the world as our editors highlight wineries you can rely on.

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

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

Cover Story

Editors' Picks: Thirty Wineries to Discover - Big-name wineries get most of the attention, but there are lesser-known producers around the world whose commitment to quality and value across a range of releases makes them deserving of a place at your table. Here, Wine Spectator editors shine a spotlight on some of these underappreciated gems, with scores, notes and prices of standout bottlings to try
California, Oregon, Washington
Argentina, Chile
South Africa, Australia, New Zealand
Spain, Portugal

WineSpectator.com: Get our latest editors' picks and thousands of other new reviews on the go with the WineRatings+ app, which offers access to Wine Spectator's expert ratings for 350,000 wines, as well as curated lists and top values. The newly revamped version for iOS includes enhanced vintage charts and news feed. Find WineRatings+ at the App Store or Google Play.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Learn more about some of the editors' picks from the producers themselves. Discover old-vine Zinfandel at Carlisle, California's take on Rhône varieties at Favia, biodynamic farming at Zind-Humbrecht and Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon and dry-farming techniques at Montes.


Tasting Reports

Port's Allure - Deep, rich and capable of aging for decades, the fortified wine known as Port can often present a puzzle for drinkers unfamiliar with its many forms. We guide you through the styles and recommend bottlings
FREE: Port Alphabetical Listing - More than 110 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.


Pull-Out Vintage Card - More than 40 varietals and regions are scored across multiple vintages Regularly updated vintage charts are available free for most phones and tablets on our WineRatings+ app.
Ultimate Guide to Value - A complete list of the 1,236 wines that earned 90 or more points and cost $30 or less in our 2016 tastings

WineSpectator.com: For regular updated on great values throughout the year, download our free Xvalues app for iOS. Find it in the App Store!

New York's Finger Lakes - Experienced vintners show they can handle any kind of growing season
FREE: Finger Lakes Alphabetical Listing - More than 190 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.


A Coffee-table Book for Wine Lovers


FAQ: Port - 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.


Year in Review: 2016 - Members can browse complete tasting notes for all wines reviewed in 2016 via our online Wine Ratings Search. To narrow down the list, select "Advanced Search Options" and choose additional criteria, such as price, score, region or variety.

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

2016 Northern Hemisphere Harvest Report - Get more in-depth reports on harvest quality in key regions in the United States, France and Italy in our online news section.

Savvy Shopper

Oregon Pinots, Global Whites, Reds from Europe


Luck of the Irish - Coming back from the verge of extinction, Irish whiskey has been revitalized as a complex, compelling quaff with myriad variations

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


Mardi Gras Around the Globe - Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. With more than 3,500 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Cellars / Collections

David and Hilary Pisor's Chicago Home - After a disaster, David and Hilary Pisor's well-loved kitchen gets a revamp


2016 Article Index

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - A plan for buying 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 - Eternal wine truths

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.)

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP STORIES OF 2016 We've rounded up the most popular articles, blogs, Q&As, tasting reports, videos and Unfiltered items of 2016. Find out what you missed, or revisit your favorites of the past 12 months, in our News & Features section.

WINE PICKS Keep on top of exciting editors' picks throughout the year with Wine Spectator's free e-mail newsletters. Sips & Tips features a great value Wine of the Week; the twice-monthly Collecting highlights collectibles and highly recommended cellar-worthy wines that can benefit from aging, while our Private Guide to Dining spotlights great bottles to choose from restaurant wine lists.

VALENTINE'S DAY The way to anyone's heart is a night of great food and wine, and we've got just what you need: Try a recipe from one of the country's top chefs, start and end the date with outstanding sparkling and sweet wines, and get our tips on chocolate candies and other desserts. Or, check out one of nearly 3,600 restaurants that hold a Restaurant Award for their wine lists.

WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week for a new mobile-friendly video. Don't miss these recent favorites:

RATINGS ALERTS Start 2017 off right by getting early updates on the smartest buys and hottest collectibles from our editors' latest tastings—delivered right to your inbox!

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VALUE WINES Did your New Year's resolutions include sticking to a wine budget? You can still drink great wines without spending a lot. Check our site regularly for updated quick lists of Top Values, Easy Finds and Wineries for Values. And don't forget to download our free Xvalues app for iOS!

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