November 2007
Features at Wine & Spirits

Winter 2007 Special Issue
Editor's Note

Directory of Wine &    Spirits Wineries
  
of the year

2008 Calendar of
   Wine Events

Spirits of the Year

Drink books
   of the Year

100 Best Wines
   of the Year

100 Best Buys
   of the year

Wine Accessories    Resource Guide    Glassware, wine racks
   and storage solutions

American Wineries of the Year
Excellence and consistency are the standards we use to determine our American Wineries of the Year. Our 2007 list represents the top performers from the more than 3,300 newly released American wines we tasted blind at our offices over the past 12 months. The final selection is based on each winery's high-scoring wines, the average score of the total recommended wines and the percentage of wines recommended from among those tasted.

The complete article is available in the print edition of Wine & Spirits.

International Wineries of the Year
Regional differences thrive in today's international wine market. The producers listed among our International Wineries of the Year consistently make great wines expressive of their particular regions. To determine our list, W&S panels tasted more than 5,800 newly released imported wines over the past 12 months, selecting those that stood out for both quality and regional character.

The complete article is available in the print edition of Wine & Spirits.

Grower of the Year
To get an idea of how good a grape grower Dick Boushey is, sink your teeth into one of his cherries. Along with apples and grapes, Boushey has been growing Rainier cherries on his farm in Washington State's Yakima Valley for 20 years. When I arrived for a visit this past June, he greeted me with a carton of fruit.
     The cherries were a swirl of sunset colors-yellow gold, red orange, a pinkish, creamy red-the skins still cool from having been picked that morning. They practically exploded in my mouth, bursting with juice, sweet, firm and perfectly ripe.

The complete article is available in the print edition of Wine & Spirits.

Hall of Fame
At Wine & Spirits, our interest in wine extends beyond quality. We're intrigued when a wine shows the character of the place where it was grown, or reveals something about the traditions of the people who made it. Our 100 Best Wines revel in the diversity of the world's vineyards, as do our 100 Best Buys.
     Our Annual Buying Guide reviews not only the best wines of the year, but also the best wineries. The score is only part of the story. The bigger question is, how has a winery performed over time? That's what the Winery of the Year concept is all about. It's a distillation of all the tasting we've done this past year: From more than 9,100 wines, we've selected 100 wineries with the highest scores and the highest percentage of wines recommended.

The complete article is available in the print edition of Wine & Spirits.