As Food & Wine’s wine editor, I’m very lucky—I get to taste a lot of extraordinary wines each year, many of them either rare or alarmingly expensive. But, when I look back on the year, those wines aren't always the ones I remember with the most pleasure. So this top ten list runs a gamut, from a $26 bottle that should blow away anyone’s preconceptions about how impressive Vinho Verde can be to a pair of nearly-$300 French classics. Sure, the latter aren’t cheap; they’re expensive, no way around it. But they’re also transcendently good—and what’s more, they’re actually out there on store shelves, should you need a last-minute gift for someone truly special (maybe yourself). Here are my top 10 wines of the year.- Ray Isle

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