This year the magazine took a slightly different approach to seeking entries for its annual list. Wineries were invited via email to participate in the Top 100 tastings. They could send a maximum of four wines, one in each of the following categories: one $25 or less, one $25–$50, one $50 or higher, and one white wine of any price. Alternately, wineries submitting in only one price category could send two wines.
All wines were sampled in groups of four to six, organized by varietal, and scored by Sean Sullivan. Wines were subsequently broken into various lists and ranked based on score, price, and overall excitement about the wine.