Top 100 Wine Lists

trophyred_130Today announced its Top 100 list for 2010. This is the fourth year we have produced this list, and it features the top one percent of wines sold on the website during 2010. We’re certainly not the only one to produce a Top 100 list each year, but we do it a little differently than most others.

Publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine and Spirits Magazine, Wine Enthusiast and many different newspapers, gather their Top 100 lists each year based on ratings and opinions of the editors. Our Top 100 is decided by our customers. One way to look at it – we’re like the Billboard Top 100 Music chart, reporting our Top 100 “hits” of the year. The list is based on volume of bottles sold, not revenue, so it reflects the amount people are buying.

We enjoy following the other Top 100 lists, because they are usually a diverse list of wines and represent everything from great values to hard-to-find collectibles. From the lists of large publications that take in all the wines of the world, to smaller lists, like the Seattle Times which focuses on the top 100 Washington Wines, they are all worth a look.

For the 100, our results are on consumer trends, and here is what we found for 2010.

– The number one wine, d’Arenberg’s Stump Jump Shiraz 2008 has a retail price of $9.99, but the average selling price for the list this year is $28.44, up 30% from last year and the highest it’s been in our four years of publishing the list.

Napa Valley featured 20 wines on the list, up from 13 last year.

Pinot Noir was the grape for 10 wines on the list, up from 2 last year. Most of them were around or under the $20 mark, noting a growing trend for great value Pinot Noir.

Cabernet Sauvignon was still top varietal, representing 25% of the list, while Chardonnay fell to just 4 wines, having had 10 last year.

– 50% of the wines were domestic, while in previous years, imported wines had led by at least 60%.

– Wineries that have been featured every year include: Caymus, Chateau St. Jean, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Conundrum, Cristalino, d'Arenberg, Falesco, Kim Crawford, Punto Final, Silver Oak, Veramonte, Veuve Clicquot.

What are some of your favorite Top 100 lists of the year?