Wine & Spirits Magazine to Host 13th Annual “Top 100” Tasting Event
Wine & Spirits magazine will announce its Top 100 wineries of 2016 with its Winter issue, inviting them all to gather at the 13th Annual Top 100 tasting event on Monday, October 10th, at San Francisco’s City View at METREON. The popular consumer and wine trade event, which benefits San Francisco Baykeeper, will feature over 200 top-scoring wines from producers who have earned the highest ranking from the magazine’s critics during a year of blind tastings by the editorial staff, guest sommeliers and retailers.
Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits Publisher and Editor
“Guests at the Top 100 are bound to discover something new and delicious among some of the greatest names in the world of wine. Our staff critics each focus on a consistent set of regions; they lead panels for those regions with sommeliers and retailers who also know the regions well. Our panel recommends the wines, and then our critic rates them. This two-step blind process keeps us open to a range of perspectives while providing a consistent voice to our readers, helping them discover new wines.”
In addition, the magazine’s “Annual Buying Guide” marks its 30th edition in 2016 and debuts at the event on the eve of its release to the public. This collector’s edition will be on stands alongside the current issues through January 2017 and is a consumer’s go-to source for the year’s most drinkable wines, standout vintages and producers.
“Thirty years ago, when we established our Annual Buying Guide, our panels were tasting 4,000 wines a year compared to the 15,000 we taste now. We have fine-tuned our tasting process over the years to provide a distinctive service to our readers. As we have grown over the past 30 years, our team has remained remarkably stable: four of our six critics have been on staff for more than fifteen years,” says Greene.
Along with the sips, attendees at the Top 100 tasting event on October 10th will have the opportunity to sample food from restaurants on the magazine’s elite SF50, including: 1760, A16, Absinthe, À Côte, Barrel Room SF, Bellota, Cotogna, Foreign Cinema, Hillside Supper Club, RN74 and Smokestack. Artisan purveyors, including Dandelion Chocolates, Firebrand Artisan Breads, Hog Island Oyster Co., O’Cacao Chocolate, Point Reyes Cheese Company, Powder Shaved Snow, Ritual Coffee Roasters, Sour Flour, Tomales Cheese Stand and Trou Normand will provide a selection of cheese, snacks and sweets.
Wineries named to the Top 100 list for 2016 will be announced on September 14th via the magazine’s website. Wine & Spirits produces the Top 100 tasting event annually for its beneficiary, San Francisco Baykeeper, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, preserve and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the San Francisco Bay. The official glassware sponsor for the 2016 Top 100 is Stolzle USA.
Date: Monday, October 10, 2016
Location: City View at METREON (135 4th Street, San Francisco)
Tickets Options (available here):
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
*Ticket includes early entry to taste wines from W&S all-time favorite wineries, pouring 10 mature vintage wines.
General admission: $125*
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
*Ticket prices include all wine and food, a one-year subscription to Wine & Spirits and a complimentary tasting glass courtesy of Stolzle-USA.
ABOUT WINE & SPIRITS
Founded in 1982, Wine & Spirits is published eight times a year and read by over 200,000 members of America’s wine community. Wine & Spirits, the only wine publication to win five James Beard Awards for excellence in wine writing, evaluates more than 15,000 bottlings every year. Consumers and wine professionals read the magazine for information on established and up-and-coming regions and producers, the art and science of viticulture, industry happenings and food and wine pairing.