Our November issue is one of my favorites of the year. Its focus—the year’s most exciting Best Buy, or value, wines—not only represents the amazing quality-to-price trends on the market today, but further showcases our editorial commitment over the last three decades to offering fantastic wines that you can find and afford.
Our 2015 Top 100 Best Buys list is especially interesting because an Italian wine is No. 1 for the first time ever. As a category, Italian wine continues to evolve, offering more variety and higher quality at different price points than ever before.
I love to see an established, quality-driven, Old World country producing wines like our top choice that are also affordable. The wine’s uniqueness (a Carignano from Sardinia) exemplifies the diverse styles and varieties on this definitive shopping list, which draws from 16 countries. These are the pours that should be on your table each day of the week.
For many, Bordeaux is synonymous with high prices and precious auction bottles, but European Editor Roger Voss makes the case for its incredible value wines. Many of the 30 wines under $30 in the piece come from high-quality producers working in top vineyards and renowned appellations, while some are simpler Bordeaux, but produced with just as much care.
Though infinitely popular, Pinot Noir isn’t always easy on the wallet. Our editors buck the trend and highlight five American West Coast wineries offering high-quality Pinot at great prices, making the world’s “heartbreak grape” just a tad less trying for fans of its elegant, versatile style.
Also in the issue: the lusty but balanced wines of Spain’s Levante region as discussed by Contributing Editor Michael Schachner; a globally diverse and wine-friendly Thanksgiving menu from Lifestyle and Entertaining Editors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen; and six pie and wine pairings for your holiday party table.