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Wine Spectator

December 31, 2019

Wine Spectator rates over 15,000 wines per year, in every price range, to fit every occasion. Read about the world's great wineries and winemakers and visit restaurants with outstanding wine lists. Plus, each issue features delicious recipes and pairs them with the perfect wines.

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winespectator.com

Visit WineSpectator.com/123119 to find links to all of the following resources. FREE RESOURCES FOR ALL OUR WINESPECTATOR.COM READERS 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. 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, budget-friendly wines. WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Don’t miss these clips: How We Pick the Top 10 Watch our senior editors at work and find…

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our top 100

Of all the projects we tackle, none is more difficult, or more rewarding, than selecting the Top 100 wines of the year. The field of candidates is daunting: Of the more than 15,000 new releases reviewed by our 10 official tasters in 2019, 6,250 reached the 90-point baseline for consideration in the Top 100. We spend many hours sifting and sorting, discussing and debating as we work to create a list that reflects the judgments of everyone on our team and, we hope, engages and enlightens our readers. Our goal is to assemble a group of wines that represent quality, value and excitement. While each wine must stand on its own, together they should embody the wonderful diversity of the wine world as well as reflect its ongoing evolution in terms of…

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wine spectator

A Publication of M. Shanken Communications, Inc. MARVIN R. SHANKEN • Editor and Publisher EDITORIAL Thomas Matthews Executive Editor Senior Editors: JAMES LAUBE, KIM MARCUS, BRUCE SANDERSON, JAMES MOLESWORTH, DANA NIGRO, ALISON NAPJUS, MARYANN WOROBIEC, TIM FISH Managing Editor: CORDELIA WINTON TASTING DIRECTOR: ALISON NAPJUS Assistant Managing Editor: KEITH NEWTON Features Editor: OWEN DUGAN News Editor: MITCH FRANK Associate Editor: GILLIAN SCIARETTA Assistant Editor: JULIE HARANS Copy Editors: BEN LASMAN, HILARY SIMS Editorial Assistant: SHAWN ZYLBERBERG Tasting Coordinator: AUGUSTUS WEED (Napa) Associate Tasting Coordinators: AARON ROMANO (Napa), ALEKS ZECEVIC, CASSIA SCHIFTER Assistant Tasting Coordinators: ESZTER BALOGH, NATALIE CROOKS Administrative Assistant: ELIZABETH REDMAYNE-TITLEY (Napa) Auction Correspondent: PETER D. MELTZER Contributing Editors: ROBERT CAMUTO, JACK BETTRIDGE (Spirits), SUZANNE MUSTACICH Emeritus: HARVEY STEIMAN DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Vice President, Production: KEVIN MULLIGAN Art Director: DAVID A. BAYER Associate Art Directors: LISA AURIGEMMA, TODD MILLER Assistant Art Director: DIANA WITKOWSKI…

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feedback

End of an Era Harvey Steiman will be missed. His knowledge of Oregon and West Coast wines, his wonderful palate, his sense of humor have been an important part of my wine-loving life since I began reading the Wine Spectator in 1985. However, all the new faces and new approaches in your magazine make me a believer in the future of Wine Spectator. Your 2016 Cabernet report is mind-blowing. Keep up the good work. Joel Jensen Union, Ky. Great Lakes, Great Wines After reading “A Guiding Hand to the Finger Lakes” (Travel, Sept. 30), I started thinking about the Great Lakes area and how fascinated I was by the tastings there. Not just [how affordable] but the actual taste itself. I’m so used to the tastes of the West Coast, my taste buds were shocked. As…

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fires return but sonoma averts crisis

Just a few hours after the Kincade wildfire started, on Oct. 23, Fred Young knew his family’s Geyserville farm, Robert Young Winery, was in trouble. “Early Thursday morning we saw the fire coming over the hill at around three or four in the morning,” said Young. “Winds were at 70 mph, which is unusual for us. Within 40 minutes the flames were down at the edge of the vineyards.” The fire quickly burned brush surrounding the Alexander Valley property. Fred, his brother Jim and son Robert refused to leave. They were joined by a team of firefighters who, after 36 hours, succeeded in protecting the 160-year-old family ranch. Such resilience and bravery were ubiquitous throughout the region as the crisis unfolded. Two years after devastating wildfires tore through Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino…

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beloved wine manga gets full english translation

Wine and manga fans rejoice. Kodansha Comics and Amazon digital comics platform ComiXology have announced that a full English translation of Kami no Shizuku, known to non-Japanese speakers as The Drops of God, has arrived. The 44-volume saga, written by sister-brother team Yuko and Shin Kibayashi (under the nom de plume Tadashi Agi) and illustrated by Shu Okimoto, was an unexpected hit that enraptured Japanese readers for its 10-year run, from 2004 to 2014. The story is part detective thriller, part wine-education seminar. Shizuku Kanzaki is summoned home one day to discover that his estranged father, a famous wine critic with a cellar that’s the stuff of legend, has died. But he soon finds that claiming his inheritance will not be so simple as signing on a line: His father has…