Tips & Techniques Book Briefs Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine
Book Brief: Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine

Whether you're looking for a moderately priced Chardonnay to drink with dinner tonight or a vintage port to buy for a special gift, you'll find just the information you need in the newest edition of the Wine Spectator’s Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine. Published by Wine Spectator, the definitive magazine for wine lovers, this indispensable reference will help you get the most for your wine-buying dollar.

The book is filled with authoritative and up-to-date information, arranged in an easy-to-use fashion. You'll have at your fingertips:

  • Ratings and prices for more than 40,000 wines from around the world, half of them added since the last edition. Organized by country and producer, each section includes the appellation, vintage, price and rating. (Wines are scored using Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale. Keep in mind that even wines with lower ratings can still be good. It's all a matter of personal taste.) Also featured is a general introduction to each country, highlighting the wine-growing regions and primary grape varieties.
  • Tasting notes for more than 20,000 wines, including a description of the wine's aroma and flavor plus advice on whether to drink the wine now or hold it in your cellar.


  • Great wines, a collector's guide to the best wines (those that scored 90 or above) from recent vintages of eight prestigious wine types, including red Burgundy, Tuscan red and California Cabernet.


  • Best-value producers, a handy checklist of wineries that regularly produce good quality for $12 or less per bottle.


  • Wine Spectator’s top 100 wines for the past 12 years.


  • Complete vintage charts for 19 different types of wine, so you can see at a glance what years were the best for various wines.

Selecting wine is ultimately a personal decision, based on your own tastes. But with so many wines to choose from each year, some expert advice is always appreciated. Novices as well as connoisseurs will find this guide to be an invaluable resource in helping them make informed buying decisions.