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Top 100 Wines 2015

This year, Wine Enthusiast’s tasting panel reviewed more than 19,800 wines from around the globe, spanning Old World and New World wine regions alike. In the last two issues, we celebrated wine with excellent quality-to-price ratios (Top 100 Best Buys) as well as those cellar-worthy options that need a bit of rest before they’re best enjoyed (Top 100 Cellar Selections). So now comes the show stopper: The Enthusiast 100.

This yearly roundup of the best-of-the-best showcases the incredible diversity of high-scoring wines on the market. Each was chosen for a myriad of reasons, including high quality-to-price ratios, good market availability and “buzz,” an x-factor that can’t be precisely defined. The wines span 16 countries, hitting every wine style imaginable—from dry whites and reds to sparklers, rosés and sweet wines. With an average rating of 93.84 and an average price of $38.55, this collection is sure to be your go-to list the next time you hit thewine shop. Stock up on what you can find now, since these winners will be snapped up fast. Here’s to another fabulous year of savoring the best in the glass. Cheers!

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