Announces Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals; Go Green, Save Green this Holiday Season’s Wine Expert Shares Top Ten
Gifts and Entertaining Ideas

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 11/20/2009, the nation’s #1 online wine retailer, today
announced its Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers to kick off the 2009
holiday shopping season. On Black Friday, November 27th, customers will
receive a 25 percent discount on select wine gift sets and gourmet gift
baskets (Promo code: 25FRIDAY). On Cyber Monday, November 30th,
customers will receive one-cent shipping with any order of $49 or more
(Promo code: CYBERMON).

Save Green, Go Green Tips From Wine Director, Gwendolyn Osborn

"Wine lovers are still watching their wallets this holiday season," said
Gwendolyn Osborn, Wine Director at "At the same time, they
are looking for earth-friendly gifts. Here are my top ten tips for
saving 'green' and going 'green' this holiday when entertaining or gift

  1. Buy in Bulk, Save on Shipping: On Monday, November 30th, take
    advantage of one cent shipping when you spend $49 or more – it’s a great
    time to stock up for parties, holiday meals and gift giving.

  2. Highly-Rated Wines Under $20: Shop more than 400 of our popular 90+
    rated wines under $20
    for both entertaining and gift-giving; you’re
    sure to impress your friends and family without breaking the bank.

  3. Look South! Bubbly for Less: Spanish Cava and Italian Prosecco
    are lower-cost alternatives to Champagne, but Argentina offers great
    sparkling wines too, and most bottles can be found for under $20. Two of
    my favorites include .Vida
    Organica Sparkling Chardonnay
    ($12) and Ernesto
    Catena Selections Siesta Extra Brut
    ($18). Argentinean sparklers
    are dry and crisp, and offer a little something different for

  4. Save on Shipping:’s Steward-Ship program
    gets you 12 months of unlimited shipping for $49. All your holiday
    gifts shipped for just $49, and the next 11 months of free shipping for

  5. Gifts Under $40: offers more than 80 gift sets
    under $40
    . Our Organic
    Wine and Food Pairing is eco-chic on a budget.

  6. Host a "Green" Wine Tasting Party: You provide the food, and ask
    guests to bring a bottle of organic wine in a non-descript paper bag.
    Create festive tasting stations around the room with notepads, pens and
    hors d’oeuvres. Guests can mingle, taste, jot down notes and vote for
    their favorite “green” wines. Tasting parties ease the financial burden
    of hosting a full bar, and create great conversations.

  7. Organic Wines for Less: Try my favorite three organic wines under
    $15: Bonterra
    Organically Grown Viognier
    , Red Truck Winery Petite Sirah. Shop
    our entire green collection at

  8. Bye Bye Baskets: Be eco-conscious by giving gifts packaged in
    recyclable gift boxes. has a great selection of festive, 100%
    recyclable gift boxes available on many wine gifts at no extra charge. A
    green alternative to traditional wicker.

  9. Save the Earth, Spare the Budget: Check out our
    Eco Wine Trio
    . Its budget-friendly $29.99 price tag, 100% recycled
    and recyclable packaging materials, PET bottles and carbon-balanced
    shipment make this the perfect gift for an earth-conscious loved one.

  10. Waste Not: Don’t let a half-finished bottle go bad. An
    inexpensive wine saver makes a great stocking stuffer. sells
    two kinds. The Private
    Preserve Wine Preserver
    fills the bottle with a safe, inert,
    environmentally safe gas that blankets the wine with a protective layer,
    preventing it from oxidizing. Or, try a bottle vacuum. also
    sells a popular model by Vacuvin.
    In fact, Gwyneth Paltrow told Oprah a wine saver was one of her kitchen
    must haves. Promotions and Tips on Twitter and Facebook

Throughout the holidays will use Twitter and Facebook to offer
entertaining and gift-giving tips as well as special promotions. Be sure
to follow @wine_com on
Twitter and become a fan at

In addition,’s Wine Director, Gwendolyn Osborn, will be
posting more in-depth holiday entertaining and gift-giving advice on the blog.

Shop’s Online Catalog

For an easy way to find great gifts this holiday season, shop’s online catalog, available at

About Gwendolyn Osborn

Gwendolyn holds an advanced certificate from the London-based Wine
& Spirit Education Trust and expects to achieve the Diploma
certification from the same organization later this year. Previously,
she was the education coordinator for the Wine Spectator School, an
online wine education program that teaches and promotes wine
appreciation. She also worked extensively in the San Francisco area with
Uncorked Events, teaching seminars in wine and organizing larger
tastings. More recently, she opened and managed’s Retail Outlet
in Berkeley, CA.

Her educational pursuits in wine have led her to travel extensively
in wine regions, including France, Italy, Oregon, Chile, Argentina,
South Africa, Australia and of course, California, meeting with top
winemakers around the globe.
Her mantra? Everyone should feel free to enjoy wine without confusion or
pretention. Gwendolyn’s passion is contagious, no matter what level
wine drinker you are. Her style is easy-going, amusing, enthusiastic and

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, its blog at
, or Facebook at and
Twitter at  

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