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The Enthusiast 100 of 2016

As the year winds down, we can’t help but reflect on our favorite wine tastings of 2016. We reviewed nearly 22,000 wines this year, so there’s certainly a lot to recall. But after compiling our Top 100 Best Buy list of the ultimate affordable sippers and then helping to invest in a stellar-cellar future with our list of Top 100 Cellar Selections, it’s time for the big one—The Enthusiast­ 100: our list of standout wines to buy and drink over the next few years.

The best of the best in more ways than one, this veritable shopping list illustrates the fantastic variety and diversity available to consumers today. With wines from 15 countries and across all styles—from punchy reds to delicate whites, brilliant rosés to sweeties and bubblies—it is an all-encompassing­ ranking that offers something for every palate and occasion.

The best news of all? In addition to these wines’ variety, they boast excellent quality-to-price ratios. They average 94 points and $36. In addition, we put in the work to hunt down these wines, confirming availability to ensure they are attainable. Because what’s worse than finding out about a great wine and not being able to buy it anywhere?

That said, these selections won’t stay on the shelves for long, so grab them, raise your glass and give a toast to blissful drinking.

What Is Blind Tasting?

All tastings reported in the Buying Guide are performed blind. Typically, products are tasted in peer-group flights of from 5-8 samples. Reviewers may know general information about a flight to provide context—vintage, variety or appellation—but never the producer or retail price of any given selection. When possible, products considered flawed or uncustomary are retasted.

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About The Scores

*Products deemed unacceptable (receving a rating below 80 points) are not reviewed.


The Pinnacle of quality


A great achievement


Highly recommended


Very Good
Often good value; well recommended


Suitable for everyday consumption, often good value


Can be employed