Our comprehensive database of 157,739 wine ratings and reviews reflects the depth, breadth and variety in the U.S. market, all reviewed by our tasting panel. Exhaustive and wide-ranging, you'll find everything from the latest Assyrtiko from Greece to the top rated Zinfandels from California and everything in-between. Learn more about the Wine Enthusiast tasting team and how we rate.
Our tasting panel includes the most knowledgeable wine critics in the business. Located worldwide, our editors are assigned to specific regions, offering insider perspective on the emerging stars and iconic producers.
The Buying Guide includes wine ratings and wine reviews of new releases and selected older wines evaluated by Wine Enthusiast Magazine's editors and other qualified tasters since the current program's inception in 1999.
All tastings reported in the Buying Guide are performed blind. Typically, products are tasted in peer-group flights of from 5–8 samples. Reviewers may know general information about a flight to provide context—vintage, variety or appellation—but never the producer or retail price of any given selection. When possible, products considered flawed or uncustomary are retasted.
Our wine ratings reflect what our editors felt about a particular wine. Beyond the rating, we encourage you to read the accompanying tasting note to learn about a wine's special characteristics.
|Classic||98—100:||The pinnacle of quality.|
|Very Good||87—89:||Often good value; well recommended.|
|Good||83—86:||Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value.|
|Acceptable||80—82:||Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances.|
Wines receiving a rating below 80 are not reviewed.
Editors' Choice wines are those that offer excellent quality at a price above our Best Buy range, or a wine at any price with unique qualities that merit special attention.
Cellar Selections are wines deemed highly collectible and/or requiring time in a temperature-controlled wine cellar to reach their maximum potential. A Cellar Selection designation does not mean that a wine must be stored to be enjoyed, but that cellaring will probably result in a more enjoyable bottle. In general, an optimum time for cellaring will be indicated.
Best Buys are wines that offer a high level of quality in relation to price. There are no specific guidelines or formulae for determining Best Buys, but they are generally priced at $15 or less.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine tastes, rates and reviews wines, spirits and beers for publication in our Buying Guide, both in print and online. If you are interested in submitting samples for review and publication, please click here.