The Wine Curmudgeon does not do year-end lists, but many others do. Here's a peek:
• Wine.com: The wine retailing Web site is almost apologetic, given the recession: "Surprisingly, the average selling price of this year's Top 100 was $23.50 per bottle, an increase of 15% over last year. ..." No surprises here. Given shipping costs, who is going to buy $10 wine through the Internet? The site's best seller was Cambria's Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006, which is pleasant enough if you like the modern style of California wine.
• San Francisco Chronicle: Less expensive wines, more rose, and better blends -- including one of my all-time favorites, the Pine Ridge chenin blanc-viognier. The McManis viognier, a nifty $11 bottle, also made the list. No wines, however, that aren't from California, Washington, and Oregon.
• Wine Spectator: I love this part: "Since 2009 was a year of economic retrenchment, we focused even more on value as we made our choices; the average price per bottle is $40, down from the past two years." One has to admire the Spectator's consistency -- price is all when it comes to wine.