There’s no better time than the holidays to turn to ageable, collectible wines. Though the majority of wine offerings these days are crafted for drinking now, some of the most interesting wines in the world are destined for time in the bottle. They also make very special gifts.
Our Top 100 Cellar Selections list is the go-to shopping list for anyone who loves wine or is looking for that perfect gift for a wine-loving friend or family member. Covering a wide swath of wine styles and producers from across the globe, this year’s editor-chosen list offers an average rating of over 95 points and one of the lowest average prices we’ve seen yet. We just made your holiday shopping a lot simpler.
Keeping it simple is also the theme of our seasonal entertaining package starting. Hosting a holiday party? Lifestyle and Entertaining Editors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen give you a comprehensive guide on how to throw an elegant yet minimalist party that puts wine at center stage.
Consider Spain’s vibrant and exciting red—Mencía—for your table this year. Produced in Bierzo, its vivid fruit, punchy acidity, firm tannins and overall elegance are a perfect match to the rich and robust foods of the holidays. Contributing Editor Michael Schachner breaks down the region.
Also in the issue, beautiful Burgundy pairings with unlikely foods give the classic pours a new spin; our California editors sound off on the excellent 2012 Pinot Noir vintage, and Managing Editor Joe Czerwinski gives you 10 reasons to drink wines from Down Under.