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Dec 31, 2016

Top 100

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.

Cover Stories

The Top 100

The Top 100

The world of wine is full of surprises. Capturing the character of the year just past is the goal …
Dec 31, 2016
Wine of the Year

Wine of the Year

Wine Spectator 's James Laube profiles the Wine of the Year, Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley …
Dec 31, 2016
Top 100 at a Glance

Top 100 at a Glance

A quick look at Wine Spectator 's Top 100 wines of 2016.
Dec 31, 2016
Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100

Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100

Profiles of Wine Spectator 's Top 100 wines of the year, Nos. 2 to 100.
Dec 31, 2016
2016 Top 100 by Region and Variety

2016 Top 100 by Region and Variety

The 2016 Wine Spectator Top 100, broken down by region and variety.
Dec 31, 2016
Wines of the Year 1988 to 2015

Wines of the Year 1988 to 2015

Wine Spectator 's Wines of the Year from the years 1988 to 2015.
Dec 31, 2016
10 Years of Top 10s

10 Years of Top 10s

A look at the past decade of Wine Spectator 's Top 10 wines of the year.
Dec 31, 2016
Values in the 2016 Top 100

Values in the 2016 Top 100

A list of all the values featured in Wine Spectator 's 2016 Top 100.
Dec 31, 2016
Special Report: 2016 Top 100

Special Report: 2016 Top 100

The on-release tasting notes for the wines of Wine Spectator 's 2016 Top 100.
Dec 31, 2016
Classic-Scoring Wines of 2016

Classic-Scoring Wines of 2016

A look at the wines rated 95 points or higher by Wine Spectator in 2016.
Dec 31, 2016

Tasting Reports

Quality Quotient

Quality Quotient

Washington wine has changed significantly since the 1980s. In recent years, wines made from Syrah …
Dec 31, 2016
Storm Warnings

Storm Warnings

Recent vintages in Argentina have proved challenging to the country's vintners and grapegrowers, …
Dec 31, 2016
Vintage Vibrancy

Vintage Vibrancy

Washington reds can age without losing their freshness and bold fruit character. That was the …
Dec 31, 2016

Features

100 Top Values

100 Top Values

Great wines don't have to be expensive. The wines in this year's annual roundup of top values offer …
Dec 31, 2016
Malbec's French Homeland

Malbec's French Homeland

Cahors, in southwest France, has been producing wine from the Malbec grape, known locally as Cot, …
Dec 31, 2016
2016 New York Wine Experience

2016 New York Wine Experience

The 36th annual Wine Experience was with surprises. For three days in October, more than 5,000 …
Dec 31, 2016
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Wine Spectator pays tribute to wine leaders who died in 2016.
Dec 31, 2016
The Wine Lover's Library

The Wine Lover's Library

Wine Spectator editors review recently released wine books.
Dec 31, 2016

Grapevine

Constellation Buys Five Brands from Charles Smith

Constellation Buys Five Brands from Charles Smith

Constellation Brands is adding to its burgeoning collection of premium wine brands, agreeing to …
Dec 31, 2016
A Familiar Face at Margaux

A Familiar Face at Margaux

Château Margaux owner Corinne Mentzelopoulos has named Philippe Bascaules as the Bordeaux first-gro…
Dec 31, 2016
Silver Oak Achieves Green Milestone

Silver Oak Achieves Green Milestone

California's Silver Oak has become the first commercial-production winery in the world to earn LEED …
Dec 31, 2016
The Metalhead With José Andrés

The Metalhead With José Andrés

Andy Myers is wine director at José Andrés' and Rob Wilder's ThinkFoodGroup, where he manages a …
Dec 31, 2016
Cayman Cookout

Cayman Cookout

Wine Spectator editors recommend travel picks including a Cayman Island cookout with chef Eric …
Dec 31, 2016
Paso Home, Nordic Heart

Paso Home, Nordic Heart

Winery owners Kevin and Paula Jussila built an industrial-modern home of glass, steel and cedar …
Dec 31, 2016
Cellars in the Sky

Cellars in the Sky

Housing a personal wine collection in New York City poses a host of challenges: Limited space, …
Dec 31, 2016
Collecting ABCs

Collecting ABCs

Collecting wine can be an endless source of enjoyment, even outright passion. Finding the right mix …
Dec 31, 2016
Washington Standouts, German Giants, South African Treasures

Washington Standouts, German Giants, South African Treasures

Recommended and affordable wines from Washington, Germany and South Africa. Wine Spectator 's …
Dec 31, 2016
Clash Over Wine Merchant Shipping Laws Grows

Clash Over Wine Merchant Shipping Laws Grows

Attorneys who filed a suit in federal court challenging Illinois' ban on wine sales by out-of-state …
Dec 31, 2016
In Brief: Burgundy Négociant Maison Champy Sold

In Brief: Burgundy Négociant Maison Champy Sold

AdVini, a French wine company that owns more than a dozen wineries in France and South Africa, …
Dec 31, 2016
Bears, Boars and Baboons, Oh My!

Bears, Boars and Baboons, Oh My!

Winemakers in many regions face pests ranging from pocket-size rodents to predators weighing well …
Dec 31, 2016

Departments

FAQ: Merry Poppings

FAQ: Merry Poppings

Dec 31, 2016
Pot Roast with Gigondas

Pot Roast with Gigondas

Troy Guard of Guard and Grace in Denver shares his recipe for pot roast, paired with Gigondas. …
Dec 31, 2016
Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Forward

This issue also presents our annual Top 100 list, capped by the Wine of the Year. Also look for the …
Dec 31, 2016
Feedback

Feedback

Wine Spectator readers write in about Ronald Reagan's wine collection, Israel and Wine Spectator …
Dec 31, 2016
Year-End Reflections

Year-End Reflections

When asked what's new in wine, the temptation is to say just about everything. One approach is to …
Dec 31, 2016
My Wines of the Year

My Wines of the Year

What has really grabbed Wine Spectator 's Matt Kramer this year, repeatedly and forcefully, is …
Dec 31, 2016

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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.

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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.

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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