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The Top 100
Dec 31, 2018

The Top 100

The superb 2015 and 2016 vintages in Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône Valley, Tuscany and other Italian regions fuel this year's Top 100. And though drought-stricken, California also fielded many terrific wines.

Cover Stories

The Top 100

The Top 100

Each year, Wine Spectator editors select the most exciting wines we've reviewed for our Top 100 …
Dec 31, 2018
Wine of the Year

Wine of the Year

Tenuta San Guido's Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2015 is our 2018 Wine of the Year, an iconic …
Dec 31, 2018
Top 100 at a Glance

Top 100 at a Glance

Each year, Wine Spectator editors select the most exciting wines we've reviewed for our Top 100 …
Dec 31, 2018
Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100

Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100

Annually, Wine Spectator editors select the most exciting wines for quality, value, availability …
Dec 31, 2018
Top 100 by Region and Variety

Top 100 by Region and Variety

Each year, Wine Spectator editors select the most exciting wines we've reviewed for our Top 100 …
Dec 31, 2018
10 Years of Top 10s

10 Years of Top 10s

Annually, Wine Spectator selects the most exciting wines for quality, value, availability and an …
Dec 31, 2018
Tasting Notes for the Top 100 Wines

Tasting Notes for the Top 100 Wines

Each year, Wine Spectator editors select the most exciting wines we've reviewed for our Top 100 …
Dec 31, 2018
Classic-Scoring Wines of 2018

Classic-Scoring Wines of 2018

Each year, Wine Spectator editors select the most exciting wines we've reviewed for our Top 100 …
Dec 31, 2018
Wines of the Year 1988 to 2017

Wines of the Year 1988 to 2017

We’ve just revealed the Top 100 of 2018! Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines …
Dec 31, 2018
Values in the Top 100

Values in the Top 100

Each year, Wine Spectator editors select the most exciting wines we've reviewed for our Top 100 …
Dec 31, 2018

Tasting Reports

In Search of Finesse

In Search of Finesse

The 2015 and 2017 vintages lead the pack in Argentina, despite an uncertain economic environment …
Dec 31, 2018
Domestic Bliss

Domestic Bliss

U.S. sparkling wines maintain their track record for high quality and excellent value. Consumers …
Dec 31, 2018
Argentina Alphabetical Listing

Argentina Alphabetical Listing

A free alphabetical list of all wines from Argentina reviewed for the tasting report in this issue. …
Dec 31, 2018
Argentina's Chart-Toppers

Argentina's Chart-Toppers

These 10 Argentinean wineries are pushing the envelope in their home country, increasing quality …
Dec 31, 2018

Features

100 Top Values

100 Top Values

The diverse group of wines in this year's Wine Spectator 's annual roundup of 100 top values shows …
Dec 31, 2018
A Wine Lover's Library

A Wine Lover's Library

A roundup of the year's best books on wine, covering everything from the nuances of terroir …
Dec 31, 2018
New York 2018 Wine Experience

New York 2018 Wine Experience

The 38th annual Wine Experience, held in New York, celebrated the glorious minutiae of the wine …
Dec 31, 2018
Honoring Leaders in Wine and Food

Honoring Leaders in Wine and Food

Wine Spectator remembers the lives and accomplishments of the winemakers, vintners and industry …
Dec 31, 2018

Grapevine

A Year Later, Napa and Sonoma Rebuild

A Year Later, Napa and Sonoma Rebuild

The firestorms that tore through Northern California last year killed 44 people, burned 245,000 …
Dec 31, 2018
DRC 1945 Sets Auction Record

DRC 1945 Sets Auction Record

Two bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti 1945 set an auction record. The '45s were …
Dec 31, 2018
Escape the Winter

Escape the Winter

Wine Spectator 's Julie Harans and Emma Balter share places all over the world where wine lovers …
Dec 31, 2018
Hot Spots In Chicago, Nashville And Honolulu

Hot Spots In Chicago, Nashville And Honolulu

A guide to three great new restaurants for wine lovers in Nashville, Honolulu and Chicago.
Dec 31, 2018
Slow Burn

Slow Burn

In 1985, restaurateur Michael McCarty and wife, Kim, planted a vineyard on an acre of their Malibu …
Dec 31, 2018
Italian Values, Pinot Picks, A Global Cornucopia

Italian Values, Pinot Picks, A Global Cornucopia

Bruce Sanderson recommends a group of Italian values, primarily from Tuscany, sure to enhance any …
Dec 31, 2018
Court of Master Sommeliers Voids Exam Results

Court of Master Sommeliers Voids Exam Results

The Court of Master Sommeliers Americas voided the results of its 2018 deductive blind-tasting exam …
Dec 31, 2018
Chef Commemorates Wine-Country Fires in Film and Food

Chef Commemorates Wine-Country Fires in Film and Food

When chef Tyler Florence, of the Food Network, decided to host a benefit bash to raise money in …
Dec 31, 2018

Departments

Languedoc Rising

Languedoc Rising

For most of the past century, the Languedoc region in France mainly produced low quality bulk wines …
Dec 31, 2018
Top 100, x 30

Top 100, x 30

Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken discusses the Dec. 31, 2018, issue, with …
Dec 31, 2018
Feedback

Feedback

Wine Spectator readers share their thoughts, ideas and opinions on the stories we publish on the …
Dec 31, 2018
The Creep of Cannabis

The Creep of Cannabis

James Laube believes that there is trouble brewing in wine country. While cannabis is still illegal …
Dec 31, 2018
Revealing Champagne's Secrets

Revealing Champagne's Secrets

Alison Napjus believes that ultimately, wine is about pleasure and emotion, not technical analysis. …
Dec 31, 2018
Branzino with Champagne

Branzino with Champagne

Chris Flint, executive chef of the new NoMad Los Angeles hotel, shares his recipe of branzino with …
Dec 31, 2018

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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

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

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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.

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  • How We Pick the Top 10: Watch our senior editors at work and find out what it takes to become the Wine of the Year.
  • Wine 101—How to Decant: What even is decanting? Why is it done? How does it work? Which wines should be decanted, and for how long? We've got all the answers!
  • In the Vineyard at Snowden: At Napa Valley's Snowden Vineyards, winemaker Diana Snowden Seysses explains what she's looking for in her late-ripening Petit Verdot grapes.
  • A Perfect Match: Seared Branzino with Champagne: Find out more about this intriguing pairing—and get the recipe from chef Chris Flint of NoMad Los Angeles.

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