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In the Dec. 31, 2018 Issue

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.

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.

Cover Story

The Top 100 - Blue-chip bottles rose to the fore in the globe-spanning assortment of wines reviewed by our editors in 2018. But under-the-radar regions and producers delivered spectacular results as well, with this year's most exciting wines occupying the top tiers of quality, value and artistry

WineSpectator.com: Blue-chip bottles rose to the fore in the globe-spanning assortment of wines reviewed by our editors in 2018. But under-the-radar regions and producers delivered spectacular results as well, with this year's most exciting wines occupying the top tiers of quality, value and artistry

Wine of the Year
Top 100 at a Glance
Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100
Top 100 by Region and Variety
10 Years of Top 10s
Wines of the Year 1988 to 2017
Values in the Top 100
Tasting Notes for the Top 100 Wines
Classic-Scoring Wines of 2018

Features

Tasting Reports

In Search of Finesse - Producers of Argentine Malbec are moving beyond the ripe, generous style the grape is known for in favor of more elegant expressions
FREE: Argentina Alphabetical Listing - More than 320 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.

WineSpectator.com: VIDEO: Sebastián Zuccardi explains how selection impacts value.

Argentina's Chart-Toppers - Ten wineries leading the pack with Malbec and more
Bubbly Bounty - Sparkling wines from the United States deliver compelling quality at wallet-friendly prices
FREE: U.S. Sparkling Alphabetical Listing - More than 125 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.

Events

New York Wine Experience - Wine Spectator's annual celebration of wine culture drew thousands for three days of world-class tastings led by the vintners themselves

People

In Memoriam - Honoring wine and food luminaries who died in the past year

Wine

100 Values - Priced at $20 or less, these delicious reds, whites and sparklers are sure to bring cheer to holiday tables

Books

A Wine Lover's Library - Our editors recommend intriguing new wine reads delving into the intricacies of terroir, obscure and ancient grapes, regions from California to Barolo, and more

Grapevine

World

California Wine Country Rebuilds After Wildfires

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

Court of Master Sommeliers Voids Exam Results
Chef Commemorates Wine-Country Fires in Film and Food
Bottle Of 1945 DRC Smashes Auction Record

Dining Out

Hot Spots In Chicago, Nashville And Honolulu

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

Travel

Sunny Destinations Perfect for Escaping Winter

Cellars / Collections

Michael And Kim McCarty's Malibu Home - The many lives of Michael and Kim McCarty’s Malibu home and vineyard

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

Italian Values, Pinot Picks, A Global Cornucopia

Columns

James Laube - Cannabis conundrum

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

Alison Napjus - Champagne's mystique

Inside Wine

France's Languedoc - Wines from this expansive region are scaling new heights of quality

A Perfect Match

Branzino with Champagne

WineSpectator.com: Find out more about this intriguing pairing—and get the recipe from executive chef Chris Flint of NoMad Los Angeles. 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 100 COUNTDOWN Join Wine Spectator's senior editors as they discuss this year's Top 10 in our annual video series. Plus, discover more original content. Find matching recipes and in-depth articles related to this year's Top 10. Take a look through wine history with our full set of Top 100 lists back to 1988.

ENTER OUR TOP 100 SWEEPSTAKES! Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a bottle of each of the Top 10 wines of 2017.

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.

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.

  • 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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