The US magazine (Wine Watcher) was founded in 1976 by Bob Morrisey in New York and bought three years later by publisher Marvin R. Shanken. It is next to the "Wine Advocate" by Robert Parker as the world's most influential wine publication and was classified in 2008 by the Luxury Institute as a business consumer magazine No. 1 among affluent readers. The editor-in-chief is Thomas Matthews.
The articles about all wine regions of all wine producing countries The world with its wines are supplied by renowned wine journalists on site, and regular contributions were provided by Hugh Johnson, John Platter, Cyril ray and Jancis Robinson, There are 15 issues per year, each containing 400 to more than 1,000 tasting notes. These are done after the 100-point system from experienced wine critics, In the past, these included former editor-in-chief Jim Gordon, Per-Henrik Mansson and James, who was responsible for managing the European office in Paris until 2010 Suckling, The current critics include executive editor Thomas Mathews, editor-in-chief Harvey Steiman, James arbor, Kim Marcus, Bruce Sanderson, Tim Fish, James Molesworth, Alison Napjus and Mary Ann Worobiec. The classification levels (see also under wine review ):
In 1981, the Restaurant Awards program was introduced, with which the wine Lists be rated by restaurants. From the magazine 1986 became the second round of the famous Paris Wine Tasting sponsored, organized and conducted in New York. Since 1988, the last edition of each year has published a "Top 100 List", in which the world's best wines and wineries with a wine rating of 90 points and over are awarded the best price / quality ratio as "Winery of the Year" become. There is also an online edition with an extensive wine database, which can be searched for around 280,000 wines.
Every year, the Wine Experience is organized, which includes wine tastings, seminars, lunches and a prize banquet. The magazine also runs the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation to support wine and food programs. A sister publication published since 1992 called "Cigar Aficionado" (Cigar lovers) and unites the topics " Wine and cigars ". See also complete lists of relevant keywords to the subject matter under literature. wine guide and Viticulture personalities,