Today, Wine Spectator kicks off the online unveiling of its annual list of the Top 100 Wines, in which the editors highlight the most exciting wines from the thousands they reviewed during the course of the year.
The reveal starts on WineSpectator.com with wines 10 and 9 and culminates on Friday, Nov. 15, with the 2013 Wine of the Year. The full Top 100 list will be available online on Monday, Nov. 18, in an interactive format. The Dec. 31 issue of the magazine, available on newsstands as of Dec. 3, will contain the full Top 100 with mini-profiles for all wines and additional information.
This year marks the Top 100’s silver anniversary, and the Wine Spectator team is celebrating with a new mobile-friendly format for the Top 100 and free access for all visitors to WineSpectator.com through Nov. 24.
Starting in 1988, Wine Spectator editors have annually surveyed the best wines reviewed in their blind tastings over the past 12 months and selected the most exciting for the Top 100 wines of the year. Each pick is based on quality (represented by score), value (reflected by release price), availability (based on the number of cases either made or imported into the United States) and an X-factor defined as "excitement."
Back in 1988, the wine world was much smaller. Wine Spectator reviewed about 3,000 newly released wines in its blind tastings, and the Top 100 skewed to France, Italy and California. In 2013, the magazine's editors reviewed more than 20,000 new releases, and the Top 100 includes wines from 13 foreign countries and four states.
This year, Wine Spectator editors have given more emphasis than ever before to the “X-factor”—the intensity of interest the wines excited by way of their singularity or authenticity. These 100 selections include more bottlings off the beaten path and represent the producers and wines that the editors were particularly passionate about in 2013. Overall, the average score of the wines in this year’s Top 100 is 93 points and the average price $51—an impressive quality-to-price ratio.
Visit Top100.WineSpectator.com to get details on all of the wines.
New tools and features this year include:
• Fresh, Mobile-Friendly Design—Online, the Top 100 is presented in a new, improved digital format that will scale to fit desktop, laptops, tablets and smartphones, giving users access to the Top 100 any time and place.
• Digital Discussion—For the first time, all visitors (not just site members) are invited to comment on Wine Spectator’s Top 10 by logging in via their own social media accounts.
• New Videos—Visually appealing and mobile-friendly, these videos show viewers why the Top 10 wines of 2013 stood out from the pack, how Wine Spectator evaluates wines in its blind tastings, and more.
• Top 100 Archives—The 2013 list will be incorporated into a redesigned Top 100 archives that includes all the lists back to 1988—in both an interactive, sortable list format and a printer-friendly version. Full tasting notes for all wines will be available to all visitors during the free-access period.
• Picturing the Top 100 Through the Years—A fun, interactive infographic lets users play around with Wine Spectator’s data to see how the Top 10 wines have changed over the years.