The US magazine (Wine Observer) was founded in 1976 by Bob Morrisey in New York and bought three years later by publisher Marvin R. Shanken. It is considered the world's most influential wine publication alongside Robert Parker's "Wine Advocate" and was ranked No. 1 business consumer magazine among affluent readers by the Luxury Institute in 2008. Thomas Matthews serves as editor-in-chief.
The articles on all wine regions of all wine producing countries of the world with their wines are delivered by renowned local wine journalists, regular contributions were made by Hugh Johnson, John Platter, Cyril Ray and Jancis Robinson, among others. 15 issues are published annually, each containing 400 to more than 1,000 tasting notes. These are written according to the 100-point system by experienced wine critics. In the past, these have included former editor-in-chief Jim Gordon, Per-Henrik Mansson and James Suckling, who was responsible for the European office in Paris until 2010. Current critics include Executive Editor Thomas Mathews, Editor-in-Chief Harvey Steiman, James Laube, Kim Marcus, Bruce Sanderson, Tim Fish, James Molesworth, Alison Napjus and Mary Ann Worobiec. The classification levels (see also under wine evaluation):