Best-Of-Year 2013

One-Track Wine Lists

NYC's 2nd Annual Red and White Bash

Red and White Bash

Don’t miss the event of the year! Buy tickets to our New York and Chicago parties now.

White Wine Pairings for Winter

Why you need to forget the rules and brighten up your cold winter days.

Turning Frozen Grapes to Gold

Nature's frozen alchemy turns grapes to gold.

Masters of Portuguese Wine

These six influential characters are reshaping the Portuguese wine scene into something modern, dynamic and quality focused.

7 Culinary Classes in Wine Country

Experience the wine and food culture of California firsthand in these standout culinary classes.

5 Best Wine-Centric Caribbean Resorts

Here’s where the bottle selections are as seductive as the white-sand beaches.

International Christmas Cocktails

These international cocktails will get you in the spirit of the season.

New Year’s Day Brunch

Here’s how to lessen the sting and start 2014 in style.

Fizz the Season

Prepare to pop better bottles this New Year’s Eve and all year long with our ultimate guide to sparkling wine.

American Wild Ales

Some American brewers have embraced wild yeasts, bridging the gap between beer fans and wine lovers.

5 Asian Whiskies to Try

The best whiskies you're not drinking.

A Mid-Winter Cocktail

This chest heater will keep Jack Frost at bay.

8 Top-Rated Cognacs

There has never been a better time to explore Cognac.

Break Out of Your Wine Rut

Explore wine regions and varieties in 2014.

Bordeaux's Culinary Rebirth

In a region known more for its wines, a food revolution is taking place.

Delicious Dumpling Recipe

Fill up on this gourmet take on the traditional dumpling.

5 New World Wines to Gift

These wines, from Argentina to Virginia, encourage friends and loved ones to explore vinous alternatives.

Born Into Bubbles

We sit down with Vitalie Taittinger, the heiress of Champagne Taittinger and the company’s global ambassador and artistic director.

The Enthusiast 100 of 2013

Our annual list of must-have wines.

Top 50 Spirits of 2013

A year of innovation and excellence.

Top 25 Beers of 2013

The best beers reviewed this year.

Copenhagen Travel Guide

Winter in Denmark? Believe it. Book now and discover why this emerging culinary capital is consistently rated as one of the happiest places on the planet.

2013 European Winery of the Year: Marqués de Riscal

A benchmark winery in Rioja for more than 150 years, this producer’s recent visionary moves have changed how the wine world sees Spain.

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award: Gianni Zonin

The visionary head of the largest private wine enterprise in Europe has one foot firmly planted on American soil.

2013 Winemaker of the Year: Benoît Gouez

In his relatively short tenure, the cellar master for Moët et Chandon has raised the bar in terms of quality and consistency.

2013 American Wine Legend: Peter Mondavi, Sr.

The president of Napa Valley’s historic Charles Krug Winery has made invaluable contributions to wine during his 38 years at the helm.

2013 Rising Star of the Year: Eric Trump

The real estate executive has proven that Virginia’s wines can contend with the greatest around the globe.

2013 Retailer of the Year: Kroger Co.

This grocery superstar surpassed $1 billion in annual wine sales in 2012 and expects to post double-digit growth this year.

2013 Sommelier of the Year: Alpana Singh

The vivacious owner of Chicago’s The Boarding House has devoted her career to demystifying wine.

2013 Wine Person of the Year: Barbara Banke

The chairwoman of Jackson Family Wines has overseen a dramatic expansion of the company’s vineyard holdings.

2013 Wine Region of the Year: Paso Robles

This California region has reinvigorated itself with new blood, creativity and rapidly improving wines.

2013 Brand Ambassador/Mixologist of the Year: Jacob Briars

The bar is this star teacher’s classroom, spirits and cocktails are his preferred subjects.

2013 Importer of the Year: Kysela Père et Fils

For 20 years, Fran Kysela’s international portfolio has helped shape this country’s perception of quality wine.

2013 Spirit of the Year: Bushmills

After more than 400 years, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey producer is now more relevant than ever.

2013 New World Winery of the Year: Penfolds

Under Chief Winemaker Peter Gago’s inspired leadership, this Australian icon is back on top.

2013 American Winery of the Year: Rodney Strong

For more than 50 years, this trailblazing producer has been a Sonoma standard bearer.

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2013 Best Restaurants

Restaurants that serve up a true passion for presenting mind-blowing wine-and-food pairings.

The Wine Star Awards

Wine Enthusiast Magazine honors the wine and spirit industry’s influential leaders of 2013.

2012 Best Reasturants

Wine Beginners

Kick-start your ongoing exploration of wine. Through these simple and smart guidelines, you’ll discover your own palate.

Cocktail Recipes

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2013 Vintage Chart

Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s vintage chart is a year-by-year guide to the overall quality and drinkability of the wines from the world’s major winegrowing regions.

2011 Best Restaurants

Cooking with Wine

Adding wine to your favorite recipe can impart wonderful flavor, but too much or the wrong style can put the kibbosh on a potentially delicious dinner.

Wine and Cheese

Wine and cheese are two of life’s great culinary pleasures, and finding the perfect match can be a delicious endeavor.

Wine Pairings

Each season offers some opportunity, great or small, for the worlds of food and wine to have a graceful pas de deux.

German Wine Facts & Terms

German wine labels can be intimidating: long, foreign words and ornate script are enough to make many consumers head straight for a different section of the wine shop.

Italian Wine Facts & Terms

Italian tradition is so closely grafted to the vine that the good cheer and easy attitudes associated with wine culture are mirrored in the nation’s temperament.

French Wine Facts & Terms

The style of French wine echoes that of the French themselves—elegant, well-dressed, showing an appreciation for the good things of life but never to excess.

Varietal versus Appellation Labeling

Throughout Europe, wines are classified by vineyard, village and/or region where they are made. This appellation system is based on precisely defined wine regions, some as small as a single vineyard.

White Wine Information & Basics

Learn the varietal characteristics of white wine grapes.

Red Wine Information & Basics

Learn the varietal characteristics of red wine grapes.

Glassware and Serving Basics

Insisting on a good glass is not snobbery; it’s common sense.

How To Taste Wine

Learn to evaluate wine by sight, smell and taste.

Wine For Beginners

Learning to taste wine is no different than learning to really appreciate music or art—the pleasure you receive is proportionate to the effort you make.

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