’Tis the season for major wine periodicals to release their lists of top 100 wines. I thoroughly enjoy examining each one carefully and look forward to their arrival each year. They reveal trends, expose us to new wines and regions and always include a few selections that appeal to those seeking the broadest price to quality ratio. Far from arbitrary or elitist, they value factors such as availability, drinkability and the aforementioned ratio.

This week, we are starting with Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Top 100 wines of 2019. They are represented by 16 countries, mainly the United States (30), Italy (17) and France (16). Domestically, California contributed 18 wines followed by Oregon (5), Washington state (4), the Finger Lakes region in New York State (2) and Virginia (1).

Prosecco leads Wine Enthusiast magazine Top 100 Wines of 2019

Sierra Mar Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. ( Courtesy photo)

Prosecco leads Wine Enthusiast magazine Top 100 Wines of 2019

Ranked 24th on the Wine Enthusiast magazine top 100 wine list of 2019, the Brandborg 2015 Gewürztraminer is sourced from 30-year-old vines. (Courtesy photo)

Prosecco leads Wine Enthusiast magazine Top 100 Wines of 2019

Barboursville Vineyards, where the only wine from Virginia that made the Wine Enthusiast’s 2019 top 100 list, was produced. (Courtesy photo)

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