I love wine, unabashedly so. I could drink wine every single day/night and be perfectly content. Don’t get me wrong, I also love beer, bourbon, and other spirits but these days when I think about having a drink during dinner it’s almost always a dark/spicy Red Zin, Cab, or something of the like.
The one thing I don’t particularly love about wine is how comically expensive good bottles can be at the store. Suffice it to say I was pretty stoked when I came across this year’s ‘Best Wines in the World’ rankings/awards from The World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists (WAWWJ). The highest-rated bottle of wine for sale in the world this year is the ‘Taylors Jaraman Shiraz 2014’ from Taylors/Wakefield Wines in Australia (the #1 winery in the world for 2017), and this bottle sells for only $20 at the store.
Because wines are aged before released the ‘Best Wines of the Year’ aren’t all vintages from 2017. These awards/rankings are based on over 100 wine contests worldwide, with each competition given a point value that’s added to the wine’s total score. This way, it’s not just one competition and one set of judges choosing the best wines, it’s a great representation of the best wines across the globe.
These are the 25 Best Wines in the World Right now
1. Taylors Jaraman Shiraz 2014 — Australia
2. Taylors St Andrews Single Vineyard Release Shiraz Clare Valley 2013 — — Australia
3. Noe Pedro Ximenez Vors — Spain
4. Taylors St Andrews Single Vineyard Release Shiraz Clare Valley 2014 — Australia
5. Casa Perini Moscatel — Brazil
6. Beronia Rioja Reserva 2011 — Spain
7. Los Noques Finca Don Juan 2013 — Argentina
8. Matusalem Oloroso Dulce Muy Viejo VORS — Spain
9. Taylors Shiraz Clare Valley 2015 — Australia
10. Beviam Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 — Argentina
11 Bodegas Robles 1927 Seleccion de Robles Pedro Ximenez — Spain
12 Singani Tierra Alta Camargo Premium — Bolivia
13 Trapiche Terroir Series Finca Ambrosia Malbec 2012 — Argentina
14 Garibaldi Espumante Chardonnay Brut — Brazil
15 Casa Santos Lima Valcatrina Tinto 2014 — Portugal
16 Champagne De Castelnau Blanc De Blancs Millésimé Brut 2003 — France
17 Beviam Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 — Argentina
18 Taylors St Andrews Single Vineyard Release Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley 2013 — Australia
19 Finca Las Moras Gran Syrah 2013 — Argentina
20 Pont Leveque Legende Rebel Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 — Argentina
21 Ramos Pinto Quinta Do Bom Retiro 20 Year Old Tawny — Portugal
22 Familia Giraud Billoud Malbec Reserva 2012 — Argentina
23 Viña La Rosa La Capitana Barrel Reserve Carmenère 2014 — Chile
24 Taylors St Andrews Single Vineyard Release Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley 2014 — Australia
25 Casa Santos Lima Colossal Reserva 2014 — Portugal
The World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists (WAWWJ) not only rank the Top 100 Wines in the World, but they also rank the best wineries in the world as well as the best countries for wine. This year, France was ranked #1, the USA 2, and Spain came in at #3. You can see the full list of the 100 Best Wines in the World, the best wineries, and the best countries for wine by checking out this PDF of the full WAWWJ report.