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Our Recommendations
Wine & Spirits recommendations start with a panel of our peers. We present all wines to screening panels composed of retailers, sommeliers
and other wine-buying professionals. We present flights of like wines in numbered glasses, revealing only vintage, appellation and variety-and price, if
the wine is $15 or less. We then ask our panelists if they would recommend the wine, and why. Our goal is to draw on a broad universe of tasters to help us
decide which wines are worth recommending, and to avoid the prejudices any one critic might exercise, consciously or not, against certain styles or types.
Our screening panels, run by a W&S editor, recommend, on average, 20 to 30 percent of the wines we taste. We then present all
recommended wines to the editor charged with reviewing that region's wines to rate them. Our goal with these ratings is for each of our
reviewers to provide a consistent point of view against which you may measure your own taste over time.
In the pages that follow, we present all the wines our editors have scored 90 points or better, as well as all the Best Buys-wines we have recommended that cost less than the median price for their respective categories. Subscribers can access our online database, including all wines tasted
and reviews of all recommended wines.

OCTOBER 2017 TASTINGS
YEAR'S BEST

TASTED

RECOMMENDED

TOP WINES

BEST BUYS

US CHARDONNAY, P. 60

695

402
308
190
105

140
148
136
85
69

55
50
66
41
35

21
39
21
16
13

167
121
15

55
42
8

28
6
7

16
23
2

858
555

201
206

115
111

28
40

3,416

1,090

514

219

ALTO ADIGE, FRIULI, SLOVENIA, P. 66
RED BURGUNDY, BEAUJOLAIS, P. 74
AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ, P. 83
AMONTILLADO, PALO CORTADO, P. 88

FOCUS
NEW ZEALAND, P. 71
BORDEAUX $30 AND UNDER, P. 80
MADEIRA, P. 87

NEW RELEASES
NORTH AMERICAN WINES, P. 91
IMPORTED WINES, P. 102

TOTAL WINES
The Top Wine and Best Buy numbers are a subset of the
total number of recommended wines.

SOME MEMBERS OF OUR TASTING PANELS FOR THIS ISSUE
SF: Rob Renteria, La Folie * Rachael Ryan, High Treason * Joshua Haberman, Burt Street Cellars * Francesca Maniace, Commonwealth * Gianpaolo Paterlini,
1760 / Acquerello * Tara Herrick, Dirty Water
NYC: Ryan Bailey, The NoMad * Jeff Patten, Flatiron Wines * Brooks Fraser, Fowler & Wells * Meng Chang, Park Avenue Summer * Sam Ehrlich, Blue Ribbon
Restaurants * Kim Cavoores, Maialino
The label reproductions that appear in our tasting reports are a form of advertising. After we complete our tastings and record the results, our marketing team offers wineries the opportunity to draw attention to their reviews with label reproductions. There is no obligation to advertise, and our scores and reviews
are in no way affected by a winery's decision regarding advertising. Neither does advertising influence our selection of the wines we taste; our tastings are open to
all. All bottle reproductions in the magazine are purely editorial art.
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