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In the Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2019 Issue

Smart Buys

California has responded to price pressure from abroad with an increasing number of bargains, while in elite Old World regions such as Piedmont, a string of excellent harvests has driven up quality for lower-priced categories.

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

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

Cover Story

Ultimate Guide to Value - Our annual roundup of wines rated 90 or more points and priced at $30 or less takes in more regions and grapes than ever before, counting a staggering 1,463 bottles. Whatever type of wine you’re thirsty for, you’ll find a highly rated version at an affordable price, reflecting the drive by producers worldwide to raise quality while keeping a lid on prices.
Argentina, Australia, Austria and Chile
France, Germany and Italy
New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa and Spain
Other International
California, New York, Oregon and Washington
U.S. Sparkling

WineSpectator.com: Wine Spectator's Free Xvalues App: Get our newest most highly rated, easy-to-find value wines!


Tasting Reports

Port - The widely declared 2016 vintage offers classic quality, although reduced yields will make the wines scarce. For nearer-term drinking, Port fans can look to the many high quality tawnies and well-priced LBVs in current release.
FREE: Port Alphabetical Listing - More than 155 wines were reviewed for this report

WineSpectator.com: Members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

WineSpectator.com: VIDEO: Pairing Port with Chocolate: Complementing rich Ports with dessert at Eleven Madison Park.


Editors' Notebook - Our senior editors open their journals to share stories of the wines, people, places and magical moments experienced over a year of their lives in wine.
Thomas Matthews
A Dane in Spain
Cellar Treasure
A Brooklyn Haunt
Bruce Sanderson
A Barolo Cru
A Tuscan Tale
Burgundian Elegance
James Molesworth
Cabernet Reunion
Parisian Treat
A Rhône Musketeer
James Laube
A Farmer's Table
Tim Fish
A Family Affair
A Standout Zin
Apples to Artisans
Alison Napjus
A Soave Leader
Dinner of the Decade
An Etna Ambassador
Harvey Steiman
A Golden Occasion
Rocky Mountain Refuge
Kim Marcus
Coastal Terroirs
Nature's Remedy
Salmon À La Marcus
MaryAnn Worobiec
A Daughter's Destiny
Seafood Serendipity
A Pedigreed Red
Wine Spectator Pull-Out Vintage Chart: 2019 Edition
Pull-Out Vintage Card - Regularly updated vintage charts are available free for most phones and tablets on our WineRatings+ app.



Year in Review - 2018 wine data and analysis

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


Malibu, Calif., Wildfires
Marvin R. Shanken Receives Magazine Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
In Brief: Feds Order Joe Wagner to Change Wine Labels; Drew Bledsoe Builds New Walla Walla Winery


A Tart for Your Sweetheart

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Owen Dugan's columns and other articles about chocolate.


Illycaffè Honors Coffee Farmers from Nine Nations

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Mark Pendergrast's columns and other articles about coffee and tea.


Best Cocktail Recipe Books

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


Ski Resorts for Wine and Food Lovers

WineSpectator.com: The World's Best Restaurants For Wine: Find more than 3,700 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners.


2018 Article Index

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Continental Standouts, U.S. Bargains and German Rieslings


James Laube - South Africa escapades

WineSpectator.com: What's On Our Minds? Our editors discuss trends and their latest discoveries.

Bruce Sanderson - The oak factor

Inside Wine

FREE: Switzerland Alphabetical Listing - More than 90 wines were reviewed for this report.

WineSpectator.com: Members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

A Perfect Match

Baeckeoffe with Riesling

WineSpectator.com: Find out more about this intriguing pairing—and get the recipe from chef Gabriel Kreuther of Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant in New York. Get it for free and watch a video clip about the pairing.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP STORIES OF 2018 The most popular articles, blogs, Q&As, Tasting Highlights, videos and Unfiltered items of 2018. Find out what you missed or revisit your favorites in our News & Features section.

WINE PICKS Keep on top of exciting editors' picks with our free email newsletters. Sips & Tips features a top value Wine of the Week. The twice-monthly Collecting letter highlights collectibles and cellar-worthy wines. 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 3,800 restaurants that hold a Restaurant Award for their wine list.

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