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."

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