Since 1988, Wine Spectator's editors have been reviewing the best wines in the world.

In 2014, they reviewed about 18,000 new wines and narrowed their list down to a manageable 100 they deemed the most “thought-provoking.”

This year, the winner was surprising. Instead of the usual French or California bordeaux or chardonnay, the winning wine was a vintage port from Portugal — highly unexpected. 

The ranking spans 14 countries (including the US) with an average price point of $47 (lower than last year’s $51). 

Below are the 20 best wines of 2014, according to Wine Spectator, based on quality, value, availability, and "x-factor." 

Dow Vintage Port ($82)

Mollydooker Shiraz McLaren Vale Carnivale of Love ($75)

Prats & Symington Douro Chryseia ($55)

Quinta do Vale Meão Douro ($76)

Leeuwin Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series ($89)

Castello di Ama Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione ($52)

Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($135)

Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills ($40)

Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor ($125)

Château Léoville Las Cases St.-Julien ($165)

Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains ($60)

Château Guiraud Sauternes ($50)

Fonseca Vintage Port ($116)

Fontodi Colli della Toscana Centrale Flaccianello ($120)

Bedrock The Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley ($42)

Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden ($69)

Soter Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Mineral Springs Ranch ($60)

Château Doisy-Védrines Barsac ($35)

Luca Malbec Uco Valley ($32)

Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille ($90)

You can view the full list of 100 wines at Wine Spectator.

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