Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys 2013

Rainstorm PInot Gris

Number 54 – Rainstorm Pinot Gris $12

Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys 2013

Although not out on the newsstands until next week, you can view the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Best Buys 2013 list online at the magazine’s Website. As I did with the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines 2013, I filtered out the wines that we can buy locally and have listed them below.

I thought it was a bit odd that no Tempranillo wines from Spain made the list. There was only one Malbec on the list from Argentina. I would have expected at least a few more to make the list. There are so many Tempranillos from Spain and Malbecs from Argentina that are very delicious and always under $15.

The Wine Enthusiast says that 992 wines they reviewed this past year were Best Buys, and that represents 5% of the total wines evaluated. The final 100 list came down to “availability and buzz.” Availability is a good criteria, but buzz? I need a little more definition of buzz in terms of wine quality.

I don’t quite understand why wines in numerical order are not necessarily in point evaluation order. Example: Wine 18, Chateau St.Michelle 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, has a 90-Point rating. The wine below it, Cameron Hughes 2010 Lot 335, is 92 points. By the way, so much for availability. I looked at the Cameron Hughes Website and this Meritage Lot 335 is sold out. Perhaps some of the stores will still have a bit of inventory left.

Here are the wines that I found in the greater San Francisco Bay Area at local wine shops and fine markets.

  • (2) Aveleda 2012 Quinta da Aveleda Estate Bottled (Vinho Verde) – KL Wines $8.99
  • (3) Kirkland Carneros 2011 Pinot Noir – Costco $10
  • (15) Geyser Peak 2012 Sauvignon Blanc – Safeway $8
  • (43) Rotari NV Rosé – KL Wines $9.99, BevMo $14.99
  • (47) Bogle 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel – various supermarkets $11
  • (52) Condes De Albarei 2011 Albarino – KL Wines $12.99
  • (54) Rainstorm 2012 Pinot Gris – The Wine Stop $11.99
  • (64) Kendall Jackson 2011 Avant Chardonnay – KL Wines $11.99
  • (85) Barefoot NV Sauvignon Blanc – various markets $7

Black Friday is coming and even some Black Thursday sales. I would like to see more of this in the wine stores, but I’m afraid no one as far as I know has taken advantage of this idea for wine. I can just see it now: “BevMo to open at 8Pm on Thursday; some cases are 60 Cents!”


  1. The Rainstorm 2012 Pinot Gris was at my Costco store today for $9.79. They also have the Geyser Peak S.B. for $7.79.

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