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by Cyril Penn | October 16, 2013 | 3:00 PM
Publisher and Editor Joshua Greene at the 10th Anniversary Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting

Each Year, Wine & Spirits publishes a special issue where it names its Top 100 Wineries of the Year. There’s also a corresponding tasting, held annually in San Francisco.

This year marked the tenth anniversary of the tasting.

I finally got a chance to check it out. What a treat. I'll be back. The wines selected “garnered the most attention” from the critics. Each winery pours the wine that received the highest ratings (i.e. the wine that put them on the list). What an eclectic selection of high quality wines - from California to Italy to Greece to Tokaji. I've been to so many wine tastings, some of them very large, but don't remember one offering this many different styles of wine under one roof.

Most of the winemakers behind these special wines were on hand to do the pouring. Most of us mere mortals can't actually taste them all in a couple of hours. There are a couple of bloggers out there - I spotted them at the tasting - who might, however. 

Yesterday’s tasting drew more than 200 from the trade and 600 consumers. The trade portion of tasting always sells out; this year the consumer tasting sold out for the first time.

The size of the tasting is limited by the amount of wine that's available. Each winery brings a case of their top scoring wine, and is invited to bring a second wine of their choosing (although there were at least a couple wineries with an extra wine or two discretely stashed).

Ten years ago the magazine came up with the top 100 after tasting 8,300 wines. This year, the magazine evaluated 12,500 wines before naming the Top 100. Also new this year were Wine Australia and The Washington State Wine. As sponsors, they were pouring a range of wines that were part of the Top 100 in previous years.


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