Top 100 Best Buys of 2012

Our exclusive ranking of the year's best values.


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Once people discover where we work, a common question tends to follow: What’s a great bottle of wine for around $10? It’s the constant conundrum of the wine lover, and a topic that attracts us all—how do you get the most bang for your buck? To help guide smart shoppers the world over, we create our annual Top 100 Best Buy list.

The wines listed here carry suggested retail prices of $15 or less and are all labeled as Best Buys, meaning each possesses an excellent quality-to-price ratio. Our tasting experts reviewed more than 17,000 wines over the past 12 months, awarding the Best Buy designation to only 1,134 (roughly 6.7%). We whittled the list down from there, ultimately selecting wines that showcase the best relationship between score and price while also assessing other factors like availability and buzz. We also consider the overall balance of the list, striving to provide a wide range of different styles, varieties and origins for all palates and preferences.

Our 2012 list is one of the most diverse and exciting collections of Best Buys we’ve ever released, emphasizing the incredible assortment of high-quality selections that are currently available at affordable prices. Our quest to find even more wine values continues on, but for now, here are our Top 100 Best Buys of 2012.

See the full list of Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Best Buys of 2012 in PDF form, or view the list in our Buying Guide.

To see the Top 100 Best Buys of 2011, click here.

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