Releases Second Annual 100 List

Top 1% of Wines as Judged by

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 12/3/2008, the nation's #1 online wine retailer, today
announced its second annual 100 list based entirely on customer
preferences. The only list of its kind is generated by ranking the top 1
percent of bottle sales of the over 10,000 wines sold nationally on during the first 11 months of 2008. For a complete list, go to

"Our annual ranking is unique in that it reflects the opinions of our
customers," said Rich Bergsund, CEO. "The trend we’ve seen is
that wine enthusiasts are looking for the greatest value – highly rated
wines at lower price points – and are increasingly choosing wines from
South America and Australia."

The 100 list shows customers are choosing both quality and
price, with 94 of the wines rated 90 points or higher from leading wine
critics, including Wine Spectator, and over 70 wines priced under $20.
The 100 list also demonstrates consumer demand for notable
brands such as Silver Oak, Caymus, Dom Pérignon, Cakebread, Duckhorn,
and Jordan.

The most popular wine of 2008 hails from Chile's Veramonte
. Veramonte’s 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva sells for
$9.99 and received a 92-point rating from The Wine News. Veramonte's
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and two vintages of the winery’s premium red
blend, Primus, also made the list.

"Veramonte wines have been a favorite of ours for a decade," said
Michael Osborn, founder and VP of Merchandising for "Having
five of our Top 100 from this estate shows that customers recognize
their artisanal quality wine and the great value they offer."

In contrast with most U.S. wine retailers, where on average 25% of
wine sold is imported, the 100 contains 63 imported wines.
While California dominates domestically with 31 wines on the
100 list, eight other countries are represented led by Australia (27),
Chile (11), Argentina (8), Spain (6), France (5), Italy (4), and New
Zealand (2). Wines from Australia and South America demonstrated the
biggest trend, moving to 27% and 19% this year from 18% and 13% last
year, respectively.

Red wine represents 74% of the top 100, led by Cabernet Sauvignon
(18), Syrah (16), and Malbec (6). Of the 20 white wines on the list,
Chardonnay (10) and Sauvignon Blanc (6) topped the list. recently introduced evening,
Saturday, date-specific and by appointment delivery
and is the only
wine retailer in the U.S. to offer these convenient shipping options.
The company also introduced the Steward-Ship™ Program
offering frequent buyers one year of free delivery on every order,
regardless of size, for just $49.

About is the nation's #1 online wine retailer, according to Internet
Retailer magazine's annual ranking of websites by revenue, offering
thousands of wines, wine gifts, gift baskets, and monthly wine clubs.'s mission is to be the ultimate resource for wine enthusiasts,
whether shopping for themselves or sending a gift, by offering a great
selection, low prices, convenient delivery and helpful information. is the world's most visited wine web site, according to
research conducted by comScore Media Metrix. For more information, visit
the company's website at
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