Check out WineSpectator.com over the next few day! They are providing FREE ACCESS to their entire wine site from Nov. 15 to 28. Also, during this period, they are unveiling their Top 100 Wines of 2010!
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TOP 100 Wines of 2010
The annual TOP 100 Wines list, which debuted in 1988, reflects significant trends, spotlights successful regions and recognizes outstanding producers. In 2010, they reviewed more than 15,800 new releases from around the world in blind tastings. More than 3,900 of these wines earned outstanding or classic ratings (90 points or higher on our 100-point scale). Then they narrowed the list down based on four criteria: quality (represented by score); value (reflected by release price); availability (measured by cases made or imported); and an X-factor they like to call excitement. But no equation determines the final selections: These choices reflect the Wine Spectator editors’ judgment and passion about the wines they tasted.
The major trend in wines in 2010 was an increase in expensive, limited-production wines at one end of the spectrum and in large-volume, value brands at the other. Looking for values, wine lovers sought out less-familiar regions and grape varieties. In this year’s top 100 wine list, 14 countries are represented, and wine quality remains high, with an average score of 93 points. The average price per wine bottle is $48. This is a great list of exciting values, emerging stars and time-honored stalwarts and their hope is that the Top 100 Wines of 2010 leads you to more deeply explore the world of wine.