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Wines of the Year 2010

by Tom Cannavan, 12/10

Once again I present my Wines of the Year - the best wines I have tasted in seven different categories, plus two extra categories: 'Dud' of the Year, and 'Thing' of the Year. There is a link to my tasting notes on all of the wines featured.

As always, I am looking for your entries to be added to this feature too. Your 'dud' should be the worst, or most disappointing wine you have tasted - it could be a cheap wine that was truly horrible, or an expensive wine that really didn't deliver. 'Thing' is a catch-all category: many people suggest I add extra categories - 'Restaurant of the Year', 'Wine Merchant of the Year' and so on, but rather than have an ever-expanding range of categories, please use 'Thing' as imaginatively as you like.

Link to Visitors' Lists at bottom of page


Tom's wines of 2010

Red Château Cheval Blanc, St Emilion 1985, France
White Quinta do Feital, Dorado Superior 2008, Portugal
Budget red Prats & Symington, Post Scriptum Douro Red 2009, Portugal
Budget white Hilltop Estates Cserszegi Fuszeres 2009, Hungary
Sweet Disznoko, Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2002, Hungary
Sparkling Champagne Bollinger, Grande Année 2000, France
Fortified Quinta do Noval, Nacional Vintage Port 2000, Portugal
Dud Tesco, Moscatel de Valencia NV, Spain
Thing Our 25th anniversary

click to read my full tasting notes for my Wines of the Year 2010

Another fine year of tasting. I was honoured to receive the award as Portuguese Wine Writer of the Year 2010, which has meant four trips to Portugal and tasting over 700 wines, so lots to choose from there! I also tasted thousands of wines (as well as actually drinking quite a few more of course). I won't comment on all of my selections above as there is a link to tasting notes on each of them, but just to say that the red of the year - the Cheval Blanc 1985 - certainly goes down as one of my great wine experiences ever, not just in 2010.

See Visitors' Wines of The Year