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“Online retailer says it has doubled its selection and launched a new mobile website ahead of the holiday season. With the expanded selection, the retailer now offers more than 10,000 wines to consumers served by its West Coast distribution hub, while its East Coast hub now markets more than 7,000 wines. Meanwhile, with mobile devices accounting for 40% of traffic and mobile revenue up 55% this year, the company expects its new mobile site to stoke further progress in that fast-growing area of the market.”

November 18, 2015


winebusinesscom Launches World’s Largest Mobile Wine Store

“Top online wine retailer doubles selection, launches new mobile site and offers live chat sommelier service 7 days/week

San Francisco, CA, November 18, 2015 –, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, today announced it has doubled its selection of wine and launched a new mobile website, making it the world’s largest mobile wine store. In addition, customers can now get friendly, expert wine advice 7 days/week from’s live chat sommelier service.”

November 18, 2015


just_drinks goes mobile, doubles wine offer

“US-based online wine retailer has doubled its wine selection and launched a mobile site. The company is also offering a live chat service with sommeliers.”

November 18, 2015



5 Tips to Rock Your Friendsgiving

“So you’ve never hosted a big dinner party and now you’re on the hook as the host for Friendsgiving? Don’t sweat it – we’ve got lots of ideas for you!

Wow your friends and show off your culinary diversity by going a bit nontraditional with your meal. We’ve all seen enough turkey disasters to know that sometimes it’s better to skip the stress and leave the cooking to the experts.

Here are our top 5 suggestions for how to win Friendsgiving, along with some great coupons and a little background on #HowTheHolidaysArrive”

November 12, 2015



12 No-Fail Secret Santa Gifts Under $25

“Don’t let the “elephant in the room” be that you notoriously give crappy Secret Santa gifts to co-workers! Yes, these presents can be tricky. The combination of the $25-ish spending cap and the anonymity aspect make for shaky ground for even the savviest of shoppers. But the 12 presents below are practical and fun, so I promise they will combat any disappointment you or your officemates might encounter.”

November 3, 2015



Online Wine Retail Key To Long Term Growth

“Most wine marketers are still in the early stages of developing an online strategy”, the report noted. “They are struggling to find ways of standing our in a crowded playing field, avoiding channel conflict and effectively integrating process with their social media presence.”

One way to achieve this, according to the report, its to introduce interactive tools to assist consumers with their buying. for example has introduced online sommeliers, who its members can chat live with in order to pick wines. Social media was also highlighted as “one of the most important” tools in driving online wine sales, with analysts advising wine brands to “integrate their social media platforms into the overall online experience.”

October 19, 2015


Tipsi App Partners With New In-App Wine Purchase Feature And Food And Wine Deals!

Wine and food app Tipsi, is teaming up with to boost the dining experience for foodies and wine connoisseurs. As a part of the deal Tipsi will use as its preferred retail partner when making referrals to users looking for their next great meal. The partnership gives Tipsi app users the ability to make in-app purchases from Tipsi through Tipsi is a free food and wine location pairing app available for iOS devices in Apple’s app store and for android devices via Google Play. The app launched in 2014.

July 27, 2015

Uber For Drinks: Recommendations App Partners With Delivery Companies  To Bring You Drinks You Actually Want

Next Glass, an app that will offer drink recommendations based on the drinks you say you like, is now working with Drizly, Total Wine and to provide drink delivery anywhere. The partnerships mean that if Next Glass recommends a drink, you can make it happen straight from the app.

July 3, 2015


Next Glass Partners With Total Wine,, Drizly to Offer Discounts

Next Glass, an app that will offer drink recommendations based on the drinks you say you like, is now working with Drizly, Total Wine and to provide drink delivery anywhere. The partnerships mean that if Next Glass recommends a drink, you can make it happen straight from the app.

June 11, 2015

Wine e-tailers offer choice customers crave was born in 1998 as eVineyard, at the beginning of a three-year period that saw a surge in dot-com investment flood into the wine business. “Some tried to create a buyer’s-agent model, going back 15 to 20 years,” said Michael Osborn, 46, founder of “We sought local licensing to be a local retailer of wine.”

April 20, 2015

Survey: Big data projects sneak up on basic BI on IT priority list

“Everyone has plenty of data at this point. Now it’s about using it,” said Cam Fortin, senior director of product development at Inc., an online wine retailer based in San Francisco. This year, Fortin and his team are focusing on improving the site’s recommendation engine.

January 29, 2015

One FedEx package’s journey to CNBC

CNBC’s Morgan Brennan explains one package’s journey from’s distribution hub in California to CNBC’s office in D.C.

December 3, 2014

FedEx and simplify the process of buying wine online

fedexvineyardshot, the largest online wine retailer in the U.S., has integrated FedEx Web Services into their own website to make buying wine online more convenient for their customers.

November 18, 2014


Lost seconds cost millions in online shopping

Like with shopping in general, consumers are turning to the Internet for their wine purchases. And when looking for the desired beverage, the website is a natural landing spot, which explains why the San Francisco-based company generates about 30 percent of its annual revenue in the first three weeks of December.

November 17, 2014 Uncorks New Digital Marketing Opportunities

Unlike wine, marketing strategies don’t necessarily get finer with age. So, marketers should continually ferment and test new ones. That’s the approach 16-year-old online retailer is taking as it infuses digital into its full-bodied marketing mix. The goal is to simplify the shopping process and remain at the top of customers’ minds.

August 13, 2014


Wine Made Easy: Get recommendations, home delivery and discounts from

We spoke with Gwendolyn Wilson Osborn, the director of education and content for, to learn more about the company and how to get the best wines for summer—on any budget.

June 3, 2014


Best Gadgets For Outdoor Entertaining


March 20, 2014


How uses affiliates to boost the bottom line

The wine e-retailer has 2,000 web sites in its affiliate program, and 10% to 15% of’s transactions come through them.

March 20, 2014


Wine and Dine: It’s hard not to fall head over heels with

That type of expertise might be hard to come by in some instances, but thankfully doesn’t waiver in its pursuit of excellence in all facets of its business, from satisfaction to simply offering a assortment of wine that is nothing short of spectacular.

March 5, 2014

Liquor Stores Losing to Apps? CEO Rich Bergsund on Internet deliveries of alcohol.

August 21, 2013


Celebrities uncork the wine business

When it comes to celebrities and whatever outside brands they launch, there has to be a clear connection between the person and product for a chance at long-term survival, never mind any guarantee of success.

March 10, 2013


3 Companies Get Personal With Customers

Omaha Steaks, a gourmet food delivery merchant, is increasing sales through a growing relationship with Through the collaboration, Omaha Steaks has paired its entire product line with selected wines provided by

February 20, 2013


3 Companies Get Personal With Customers

Companies that have mastered the art of leveraging data to create personal interactions with their customers benefit from a more long-term business relationship, as a trust-based relationship triggers repeat business and turns customers into advocates., Laser Design, and HomeAway are three companies which are using customer data to create a truly personalized experience for their customers

January 28, 2013


Full Disclosure: CEO Reveals Disappointment with Daily Deals CEO Rich Bergsund was excited to partner with daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social. The executive saw the sites as an excellent platform for getting the word out about his brand. The coupons were selling out for many companies, and Bergsund anticipated bringing in thousands of new customers.

January 22, 2013


The $168,000 bottle of wine

Just in time for the New Year, a wine that costs almost as much as the average American home. is selling one of 12 limited edition bottles of “Ampoules of Penfolds 2004 Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon.” It’s a rare, single-vineyard wine from a Cabernet Sauvignon vine that was transported from France to Australia in the 1830s, says Rich Bergsund, CEO of

January 2, 2013


The New New Year’s Eve: Five Sparkling Alternatives to Champagne

The Spanish bottle:Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava, around $8. Spanish winemaker Freixenet started popularizing cava – the Iberian sparkler – more than a decade ago. But Jaume Serra has helped win it a new generation of fans – in fact, this cava is the second most popular bottle on, a major online retailer. Gwendolyn Osborn, the director of education at, says it’s the ideal low-cost refresher — “very dry and very crisp…a perfect party wine.” Oh, and she says it’s worth keeping in mind for movie night: “It goes great with popcorn!”

December 31, 2012


High-Quality Wine Right To Your Door With

This time of year is beyond crazy, and with New Years just a week away I have simplified some of the running around by ordering wine from, the nation’s leading online wine retailer. Through this online system, you can quickly purchase a variety of wines where it will then arrive right to your door. The beauty of the website is that you can literally find everything you need including great gift ideas like wine baskets and wine gear.

December 27, 2012


Wine Ventures are on the vine – again

While neither of those two problems are going away, the resurrected has proven that consumer openness to new ways of buying wine may, at least, be improving. CEO Rich Bergsund — who rescued the company in 2006 when it had one week of cash left — said his company has been profitable for three years. It will do $80 million in revenue this year and had its biggest single day of sales ­— $1.5 million — on Dec. 17. “The big picture is that the wine business is a $35 billion U.S. market,” Bergsund said. “There’s plenty of room for other ways of doing it.”

December 21, 2012


A French-Inspired Holiday Gift Guide

Can’t make it to France? With the Tour de France Wine Gift Set, you can take a tour of France’s three most famous wine regions, Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone instead. No passport required! Price: $39.99. Alternative: Make your own wine gift set by purchasing bottles from different regions.

December 19, 2012


Raise a Glass! 10 Holiday Wines Under $20

We asked Gwendolyn Osborn, director of education and content at, to pull the best (and quite affordable) bottles for all of your holiday meal pairing and gifting needs

December 11, 2012

shankennewsdaily’s Top-Sellers Show Progress in Imports, White Wines

Online retailer has revealed its 100 best-selling wines for the 11 months through November. The top 10 wines purchased on the site during that period were: Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava, Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2010, Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label, Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Shoofly Shiraz 2010 and Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007.

December 5, 2012


The Top-Selling Wines of 2012

If you’re buying wine online, you’re probably shopping at the online retailer, which ships to 43 states, shipped more than 2.5 million bottles of wine this year. Now, has released its top-selling wines of 2012, and the list reveals what bottles we’re popping open this year.

December 5, 2012


Drinkhacker Reads: Top Wines of 2012

Our friends over at have released its list of top sellers in 2012. A quick glance reveals many of their customers appear to fancy Cabernet Sauvignons; with six of them placing in the top ten.

December 5, 2012 doubles its Thanksgiving weekend mobile sales

A lot of mobile shoppers were making merry with wine on Thanksgiving weekend. Mobile commerce sales were up 100% year over year for the weekend at e-retailer Inc., and 22% of total sales for the period ranging from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday came through’s m-commerce site, its iPad app and through customers shopping the e-commerce site on a tablet.

December 5, 2012


Holiday Gifts for the Home

Frenchie Napoleon 2009 Red Blend, $25 at

December 3, 2012

Pop the Cork On The Holidays With Great Value Sparkling

It’s a thirsty world and demand for the bubbles grows each year. According to, sparkling wine and Champagne sales on their site alone grew roughly 21% over this past year.

December 3, 2012


10 Best Bargain Wines in the World

I asked 12 of the biggest wine retailers around the country to tell me their 10 most popular wines. I concentrated on stores where the main focus was wine, such as Zachys Wine & Liquor and the Wine Library in the northeast; K&L Wine Merchants and Wally’s in California; Spec’s in Texas; Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago; and several others (, which, being an online retailer, is located everywhere and nowhere all at once).

December 2012

Surprising Surge in U.S. Economic Growth

The government has revised its estimate of third-quarter economic growth from 2 percent to 2.7 percent – more than twice as rapid at the second-quarter. But, is this a one-quarter wonder, or is the economy really picking up? Anthony Mason reports.

November 29, 2012

CNBC Video: Squawk Box Holiday Central: Getting Into the Spirits

Rich Bergsund, CEO of, discusses the booming business of online wine sales.

November 21, 2012


Rose Wines We Love Under $15

We talked to Jordan Salcito, wine director of Crown in New York City, to find out 6 of her favorite budget pink wines. These cheap rose wines — all under $20 — are perfect for pairing with meals or to serve at your next party.

November, 2012

Is Amazon’s New Online Wine Market Good For The Wine Biz?

Rich Bergsund, CEO for, a leader in online wine sales, believes it’s an exciting time for the wine business. “Amazon entering the online wine sales is a good thing; anything that makes wine more accessible is a good thing.” Access has been a problem, but Bergsund notes that’s revenue has doubled in the past 5 years while also cautioning that, “Online wine sales are still a small part of the overall market because of regulatory hurdles.”

November 9, 2012

Amazon Launches Online Wine Sales Site

There are two key differences between the Amazon and projects. Amazon’s direct-to-consumer program includes only domestic wines, while also works with importers that have California wholesale licenses. “For us, imports are already half of what we sell online,” Bergsund said. Unlike Amazon, handles all of the shipping, logistics and legal compliance for wineries.

November 8, 2012

Amazon unveils wine marketplace in some U.S. states launched its own online wine marketplace earlier this week, ahead of Amazon’s move, which had been reported recently., which has been in the online wine business for 14 years, launched its marketplace with shipping to 20 states and also offered wines from countries outside the United States, includingFranceItaly, Spain and Australia.

November 8, 2012

Third Time’s A Charm? Amazon Tries Again With Launch Of New Vertical, Amazon Wine was also quick to point out the differences between its site and Amazon’s forthcoming service, noting that handles all the fulfillment, storage and shipping logistics including any fees, whereas Amazon cannot, for example. And because Amazon can’t combine fulfillment orders from different wineries, each Amazon Wine order from a different winery will be shipped separately, requiring an adult signature.

November 8, 2012 opens online wine marketplace, partners with wineries

Wine has been available online for years through purveyors such as, and more.

This week, as if preparing to compete with Amazon Wine, announced the similar Marketplace after a soft launch earlier this year.

November 8, 2012 Inc. starts selling wine online

Two days ago, San Francisco’s Inc. beefed up its own online wine offerings, adding more of what it characterized as “unique, hard-to-find and library wines.”

November 8, 2012 looks to one-up new Amazon wine

On Monday, announced a new “Marketplace,” designed to make it easier for consumers to purchase small-production wines domestic and imported.

November 8, 2012 Launches as Ups the Ante, another internet leader in wine sales, has stepped into the ring.  They have added “Marketplace” to their website, where again small wineries that have been squeezed out of the three-tier system can market their wares.

November 8, 2012

Amazon Launches Online Wine Shop

By contrast, San Francisco-based retailer handles fulfillment, storage and shipping logistics including any fees, and ships to 20 states, a spokeswoman for that company said.

November 8, 2012

Competition for Amazon’s Wine Biz

Soon after the world’s largest Internet retailer, Inc.(AMZN – Analyst Report) announced its intention to get into the wine-selling business,, one of the leading online wine retailers made a similar announcement. The latter is slated to launch an online platform — Marketplace, which will let smaller wineries sell their wines.

November 6, 2012

DBR: Drinks Business Review introduced new marketplace to expand wine sales, a California-based online wine retailer, has introduced Marketplace that allows domestic and imported wines with limited distribution to reach to additional consumers in the US.

November 6, 2012 Readies New Marketplace to Battle Amazon

Just in time for the holiday selling season, the online wine wars are heating up., the leading online wine retailer, said it is launching the Marketplace, which will allow smaller domestic and international wineries with limited distribution channels the ability to sell its wines on

November 5, 2012 Launches Third-Party Marketplace to Take on Amazon

In a preemptive measure, opened an online marketplace on Monday for third-party sellers to sell and distribute their wines amid reports that Amazon is planning to launch a similar business later this year.

November 5, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Nothing says good morning like a crisp mimosa and fresh pancakes. Pamper your mom, best friend or sister to a stay-cation with Jean-Louis, a delicious French sparkling wine, mimosa mixer, Stonewall pancake mix, wild Maine blueberry jam and syrup that comes in a ceramic batter bowl. ($69.99)

November, 2012

Steak and wine are just fine online

Online consumers can now enjoy a nice tipple with their T-bone. Inc. has started to sell bottles of wine and wine gift sets from Inc. on its web site.

October 30, 2012

Wine: The Web’s Final Frontier

Online sales are expected to grab an increasing share of holiday shopping this season. But one product category remains stubbornly resistant to the trend: wine. While bigger online audiences and efficient shipping operations have enabled categories like pet food and diapers to become viable Web businesses, selling wine over the Internet remains thorny. Chief among the hurdles is a patchwork of U.S. and state regulations governing alcohol sales that makes shipping bottles directly to consumers’ doorsteps a mind-boggling proposition.

October 26, 2012

Wine Pairing Tips for a Cure

Over twenty years ago the pink ribbon was introduced as the official symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness month (now known fondly as ‘Pinktober’ to many). Here at and we’d like to raise a glass to the anniversary of the powerful symbol and the importance of awareness, specifically with a few of our labels at that give back directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

October 24, 2012

The Accidental Sentimentalist

Most wine bottles are popped open within a day of purchase, and 95% of what we buy is consumed within a week. And yet, I’d be willing to bet that we all have at least one bottle lurking in the depth of our wine cellar/back of the refrigerator/cardboard box in the corner that is long past its expiration date.

October 3, 2012

Fergie, Drew Barrymore, Real Housewives: What They’re Really Doing in the Wine Business

Fergie and Drew Barrymore are getting into the wine business for the same reason that any celebrity gets into any business: No matter what they may say about their “passions,” or “muses,” it’s about money. And at least one celebrity is charging ridiculous amounts of said money…and he’s not even crushing grapes with his feet or anything.

September 30, 2012

Wine Uncorked: The Cult Classics

Working in a retail store many years ago, I used the phrase “cult wine” to describe a bottle to a client.  Her eyes went wide, as if it were the product of some kooky group that believed the end was nigh, and she might have to sign up to join them. Fortunately, cult wines are much less sinister – and more delicious – than she imagined.

September 4, 2012

Gwendolyn Osborn on How to Serve Wine at Your Summer BBQ

At summer BBQs and picnics, we’re outdoors with big groups of people and often reach for the beer. Wine doesn’t always come to mind for these gatherings, but maybe it should.

August 24, 2012

Case in Brief: Makes Personalized Shopping Recommendations

Choice is great, but at times it can also be overwhelming.’s customers, who are not oenology experts, felt confused when they went to the site to buy wine. With such a wide selection of vineyards and varietals, they sometimes found the process of choosing a bottle unwieldy.

July 25, 2012

The Cheap Summer Wine Guide

Who says budget is a bad thing? Turns out some of the season’s hottest bottles cost less than $12—and taste delicious.

July 11, 2012

Wines make Fourth festive

These wines recently won favor in a blind tasting by the Chronicle panel while also offering excellent value and good availability. Further, each will provide excellent drinking with your upcoming Fourth of July festivities.

June 26, 2012

App Update; Forkly 2.1; New Food Photo Filters, Tastemaker Features, and More

Forkly friends, get excited… the newest version of Forkly is now available to download! Forkly 2.1 includes a series of updates for users and food & drink businesses alike. What’s included? ✓ integration: Buy wine you find on Forkly

June 20, 2012

Cool Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Golf & Wine Legends Wine Gift Trio: Does Dad like to spend an afternoon hitting little white balls and chasing after them? Instead of buying him three mentally debilitating rounds of golf, why not three wines from golf legends. is offering a three-pack of wines from Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Ernie Els. A perfect gift for the 19th hole.

June 13, 2012

Frenchie to Help Other Animals

Frenchie Winery, Napa Valley’s only tasting room for dogs and a new line of wines, launched earlier this month at Raymond Vineyards in Napa Valley’s Rutherford District. Wines are also available online at and

June 7, 2012

Rich, Unique and Profitable

Shopping on Inc.’s iPad app is quite unlike shopping its e-commerce site. A wine lover can swipe left to right and back again through thousands of wine labels, with the labels coming to the fore, then disappearing in back, presented like the album covers in iTunes. When a shopper stops on a label, a global map below zeroes in on the region where the winery is located.

May 1, 2012

Defining Green Wine

There’s been a lot of talk about “green” wines recently, so in honor of Earth Day we decided to break down the journey from the vine to the bottle to determine how a wine gets the green stamp. These days there are many shades of green so we are looking at four buzzwords to define what it means to be green: sustainable, organic, biodynamic and natural.

April 22, 2012

What is a green wine? Infographic

There are plenty of buzzwords around sustainable wines, but what do they mean? We spell it out for you.

April 16, 2012

How Came to Dominate its Market

Since Mike Osborn founded in 1998, he has tackled a complex web of state-by-state regulations, and effectively shut out competitors. sales were $60 million in 2011.

March 23, 2012

Heard Through the Grapevine: Lessons from’s Performance Marketing Success
Sustaining a leadership position in a competitive online marketplace can be a challenge, especially with new entrants, fickle customers and diverse sales channels entering into the picture. There are, of course, a wide range of marketing channels to choose from and marketing managers need to use their budgets wisely. One example of a company that’s a good steward of its budget is (a LinkShare client).

March 23, 2012, Obviously is simply, incroyable!   It is the place to go for everything wine.  Looking for a sweet and light white? Or are you seeking a bold red?  Got $20 to spend or $75?  This site will point you in the right direction!

March 22, 2012

Viticulture briefs, the online wine retailer based in San Francisco, launched an educational resource to help wine lovers learn about new wines. The virtual Tasting Room provides custom wine recommendations and guides.

March 18, 2012

How to Order Wine at a Restaurant Without Looking Clueless

Ordering a bottle of wine at a restaurant can be a tricky affair, especially if you’re on a date or you’re ordering with a group of people and they all turn to you for advice.  It’s easier than you think, and we sat down with a wine expert and educator to come up with some tricks you can take with you to the restaurant.

March 16, 2012

Dress Up Your Picnic

Champagne: “With its etched floral design, this bubbly looks as good as it tastes.” Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne 2002, $139;

March, 2012

What App?

S ince Prohibition, states have had great power to control the flow of alcohol. sees this as a barrier to entry for potential competitors, says Rich Bergsund, CEO of the online retailer.

March, 2012

How to order Wine Director of Content Gwendolyn Osborn gives 7Live a crash course on how to order wine.

February 13, 2012

5 Tips for Buying the Perfect Bubbly

Whether its for a special occasion, like a celebration of love, or just to enjoy with fruit and chocolate, bubbly wines are certainly the way to go. We spoke to’s Gwendolyn Osborn for the 5 best tips for picking a perfect tingly bubbler.

February 13, 2012

Daily Deals For Wine Lovers

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches, a fine bottle of wine is the perfect gift for your beloved.

An exclusive, members-only website, offers the best daily deals on fine wines. Featuring limited time and limited quantity wine deals, WineShopper offers premium vintages touting ratings from top wine critics. Many wines rated 90+ are offered for less than $20 a bottle.

February 12, 2012

How to Order Wine on a Date Without Getting Dumped

There’s an art to ordering a good bottle of wine on a romantic date, and let me assure you that it certainly doesn’t involve panic in the streets, hand sweats, fumbling through the list, and acting like you learned how to read only yesterday. Sure, wine can be intimidating, but that doesn’t mean you should let it make a mockery out of you, especially in front of your date. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner it’s time you learned to order like a pro. So, relax, open that wine list with poise and confidence, and let Gwendolyn Osborn from show you how it’s done:

February 9, 2012

Grilling with Wine 101

When most people consider pairing beverages with their grilled and barbecued dishes, they automatically revert to the classic cooler full of beer and soda. But today we’re here to broaden that thought process by turning to a panel of experts who will guide the community through the basics pairing wine with your favorite outdoor dishes.

February 1, 2012

Romanced by South African Rosés

Certain combinations seem to go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Steak and eggs. Stroll through any wine shop around the beginning of February and it’s clear that pink wines just go with Valentine’s Day.

Just like romance, there’s something frivolous and exuberant about the color pink. Pink is soft, delicate and juicy as a kiss — and rosé wines have the same appeal.
January 31, 2012

Taking the “chill” off with Winter Wine Picks
What do we mean by “Winter Wines?” Gwendolyn Wilson Osborn of online superstore, says that when the crew thinks of Winter Wines, “We think of wines that are warming, wines that have good structure, but supple fruit, wines with a spicy element, whether it be sweet spices (think allspice that reminds you of Christmas) or peppery-spice. Winter wines are wines you want to sip by a fire or pair with a hearty winter meal like stew or roasts.”

January 31, 2012

Happy Birthday, dear iPad

Tablets will reshape the e-retailing landscape in the years to come. Some savvy retailers already are optimizing their e-commerce sites for viewing on iPads and creating dazzling iPad apps. These retailers include, Inc. and Inc., all of whom happen to be speaking on tablet apps at the Mobile Commerce Workshop at the 8th Annual Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition in Chicago June 5-8.

January 26, 2012

Wine websites get mixed reviews “is like a warehouse store that people can visit. We’re just online,” Rich Bergsund said. “What Zappos did for shoes, we’re doing for wine.”

January 17, 2012

The grapevine: Wine news and events

Web wine option: The giant wine website can now legally ship to Texas. There are more than 13,000 wines in its inventory and the site claims to have more 90-point, under-$20 choices than its competition. The site also offers business gift-giving services and $49 shipping for an entire year. And, you can shop via your iPad or smartphone.

January 3, 2012

It’s enough to burst your bubble– the price of Champagne is going up in 2012. So what’s behind this not-so-sparkling price spike? And more importantly, what can consumers do… besides stocking up?

Wine.Com’s Gwendolyn Osborn is giving GalTime the inside scoop on how to get your Champagne “fix”… but not fizzle out your bank account.

December 26, 2011

Wine retailers in the Dayton area and across the country are toasting a resurgence in interest in champagne and other sparkling wines as they gear up for what they hope is an effervescent Christmas and New Year’s Eve shopping season.

December 20, 2011

And if you have champagne tastes but a Boones Farm budget? Buy the fruit of the vine online. A discount comes in handy at this time of year, given the expenses associated with the holidays. In the next couple of weeks you might be:

December 20, 2011

The economy may be in a funk and consumer spending in a slump, but there’s one glass that seems to be more than half full — flutes of Champagne to be precise. After seeing sales tumble as the recession hit, Champagne shipments were up nearly 22 percent comparing the first six months of this year to the same period in 2010, with a total of 7.5 million bottles shipped to the U.S. as of June, according to the Washington-based Champagne Bureau.

December 13, 2011

You’re Newlyweds:
Your strategy
: You’re in it for the long haul, and that’s something to celebrate. Having special bottles of wine to enjoy on  the next holiday is a fun way to look forward to your marriage standing the test  of time. Try this set of top-quality California reds: Enjoy the Twomey Cellars’ textured Merlot this year, and open the Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon right  around your 10th anniversary, when it should hit its peak.

December 12, 2011

When you can’t recall if it was Chardonnay or Cabernet that she prefers, this is the smart gift–giving solution. Meant for the holiday hostess who enjoys handpicking and ordering her bottle after the company has gone home.

December 11, 2011

TABC Approves Online Wine Sales for

Just in time for the holiday season, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has issued a Winery Permit to the new location in Houston, Texas. This will enable Texans to purchase and ship wine and wine-related gifts all over the state.

December 2, 2011

Just in time for the holiday season, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has issued a Winery Permit to the new location in Houston, Texas. This will enable Texans to purchase and ship wine and wine-related gifts all over the state.

December 2, 2011

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has cleared to resume shipping to its 30,000 customers across Texas, putting an end to a permitting dispute that halted sales here back in October.

December 2, 2011

The Wine Curmudgeon Blog

The  wine glut that has held prices down for the past couple of years hasn’t  completely gone away, and holiday wine prices — with a couple of notable  exceptions — should remain competitive. Which means there will be bargains for  shoppers willing to do a bit of work.

December 1, 2011

Retailers of every shape and size
are hoping to cash in during this always-important holiday season. Among those
hoping to end the year with a bang is the nation’s largest online wine
distributor, for whom the holiday season is always crucial period.

November 30, 2011

Oprah’s Favorite Things 2011

Brut Gold Champagne, Armand de Brignac
“Jay-Z has a head for business, a soul for poetry, and a taste for luxury. He sent me this glorious Champagne, and I’ve since sent 25 cases to friends.” – Oprah
Read more:

December, 2011

Serving wine on the tablet wins over shoppers at

While fine-tuning its mobile commerce site to woo shoppers on smartphones, is winning over wine lovers who prefer shopping on tablet computers.

November 30, 2011

Drinking and texting? Bad idea.
Buying wine with your smartphone? More popular than you might expect.

According to Cam Fortin, Mobile Website Project Manager at, 8% of the popular wine buying site’s web traffic comes from mobile phones. An additional 5-6% comes from tablets. That’s no small feat considering the average iPad order value is 50% higher than the site average.

November 22, 2011

Here’s one way to avoid getting trampled by bargain-hunting hordes knocking down store doors on Black Friday: Online deals service LivingSocial is unveiling a slew of bargains for the holidays that are just a couple of mouse clicks away.

November 21, 2011

Gogo’s ‘Flybuy Wednesday’ in-air shopping specials

Gogo’s in-air store will be available through the holidays, from November 23 through New Years. Special in-flight only holiday discounts and offers include Barnes & Noble,,, Harry & David,, jcpenney, Lobster Gram, Macy’s, Omaha Steaks, and more (retailers and offers may vary based on airline).

November 18, 2011

FlyBuy Wednesday has the deal for air travelers: free access

Black Friday or Cyber Monday has nothing on “FlyBuy Wednesday” when Gogo, a leading provider of in-flight connectivity has a special deal for passengers traveling onboard the more than 1,200 Gogo-equipped aircraft this holiday season:  Free In-flight Internet access.

The online store features special holiday discounts and in-air only exclusives from retailers including Barnes & Noble,,, Harry & David,, jcpenney, Lobster Gram, Macy’s, Omaha Steaks, and more.

November 17, 2011

Maybe mobile wine shopping isn’t such a lame idea after all

Last November 3% of shoppers on were on smartphones; this year it’s up to 8%. However, the conversion rate for smartphone shoppers is only 1%. With a sharply increasing number of customers using smartphones who have to pinch and zoom their way through an e-commerce site on a mobile device, Inc. decided it was time for a mobile commerce site.

November 15, 2011 seeks to better mobile conversion with a newly optimized smartphone site

Last November 3% of shoppers on were on smartphones; this year it’s up to 8%. However, the conversion rate for smartphone shoppers is only 1%. With a sharply increasing number of customers using smartphones who have to pinch and zoom their way through an e-commerce site on a mobile device, Inc. decided it was time for a mobile commerce site.

November 15, 2011

Better Late Than Never: Gets A Mobile Website

Today, the online retailer for wine enthusiasts (with the killer domain name) is finally launching a mobile site at Like its desktop-sized counterpart, the new site allows customers full access to’s inventory of wine, gifts and accessories, site search with filtering, product details, account management, and of course, the ability to make purchases from your mobile device.

November 15, 2011

“Flash” Wine Sites Proliferate As Consumers Search The Internet For Better Deals

On a recent Monday, website was selling Riverbench Chardonnay for $15, with a three-bottle minimum purchase. was offering five-packs of Silverado Vineyards 2009 Sauvignon Blanc for $59.99. At, selections included a Novelty Hill 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon at $14.99—40% below the suggested retail price.

November 15, 2011 hires Kenton Chow as first chief financial officer

Online wine seller, Inc. hired Kenton Chow as its first chief financial officer.

Chow’s job at the San Francisco company will include finance, raising money, talking to investors, and looking into mergers and acquisitions.

October 18, 2011 reports iPads accounted for 7% of Q2 sales Inc, a privately held e-retailer, reported second quarter sales from Apple iPads were more than 7% of revenue and growing. Exact sales amounts in dollars were not disclosed.

October 12, 2011

Thirsty Thursday – Farmers Market Sips

Pull out the sweatshirts and scarves—cool temps bring fall’s freshest produce from crisp apples and hearty squash to juicy tomatoes. Savor the eats with a glass of just the right vino!

September 29, 2011 Receives Top Rating for Customer Service from STELLAService, the #1 online wine retailer, today announced that it received an “ELITE” rating for online customer service from teh independent customer service ratings agency, STELLAService.

Steptember 27, 2011

Wine Enthusiast’s Annual Wine Star Awards

Each year, the editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine honor outstanding achievement in the wine world, in that given year and over time. Here, we present the nominees in each of the categories. The winners will be announced in our December 15th issue, and the honorees will be presented their awards at a gala black-tie dinner in New York City in January 2012.

August 26, 2011

Thirsty Thursday – Warm Weather Wines

Found—refreshing pours for any summer meal. No need to stow away your stemware when the weather calls for light summer meals.

August 18, 2011

Bloomberg West interviews CEO, Rich Bergsund is Toasting its first profits. How did CEO, Rich Bergsund and his fantastic team turn the company around? Watch the video here.

August 3, 2011

No Sour Grapes Here: Battles the Heat

When a heat wave grips the nation, “temperature management” becomes an issue for anyone looking to stay comfortable. But when your business involves shipping heat-sensitive items, it takes on a whole new meaning. Such is the case for, one of the nation’s largest online wine retailers, which shipped more than 2 million bottles in the past 12 months.

July 28, 2011

Success in a Bottle: Wine Sites Finally Start to Win Over Web

Thanks to more states opening borders to shipments and the success of daily-deals sites, category has improved with age. From soil to sip, it takes a long time to make the finest wine. So it’s fitting that the industry’s journey to online buying has been a slow one, marked by legal and legislative hurdles that have scared away some of the biggest retail players.

July 25, 2011

the drinks business Voted Best Online Retailer

The San Francisco-based site came top with a ranking of 16 out of 20 in a survey that asked 3,000 wine drinkers to test the user-friendliness of 29 wine websites around the world.

June 27, 2011 says it made a profit

Online wine seller Inc. said its sales jumped 25 percent in the year ended March, and that it made a profit for the first time.

June 7, 2011

Internet Retailer boasts 25% growth in annual web sales

Wine merchant Inc. found the right blend for its e-commerce business in fiscal 2011. The web-only retailer reported that it reached $56 million in sales for the year ended March 31, a 25% increase from the prior year.

June 7, 2011

PR: Wine.Com Announces 25 Percent Growth, First-Ever Profits And Seventh Straight Year As Top Internet Wine Retailer, the leading online wine retailer, today reported financial results for its 2011 fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.

June 6, 2011

It’s Baaack: Shopping for $10M to $15M — Exclusive

It’s been an astonishingly long and bumpy ride, but finally, is making a claim for the first time in its 13-year history: It’s profitable.

June 1, 2011 sees revenue rise as competitors fall, which has had its ups and downs over the last 13 years, is on an upswing.  The San Francisco-based online wine and gift basket seller’s revenue in fiscal 2011, which ended March 31, jumped more than 24 percent to $56 million, and CEO Rich Bergsund is projecting a 20 percent to 25 percent spike in revenue for this year.

May 20, 2011 is the #1 Internet Wine Retailer for the seventh year in a row ranks #239 on the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide 2011 Edition and #14 in the Food/Drug Category.

May 2011

How to Find the Wines you Want

Wine Enthusiast names one of the “Major Web players” to help you find the wines you want.

May 2011

Leading Flash Sales Sites Identified

WineShopper offers one to five products at a time, with five to six offers usually live at any one time. It is affiliated with and touts heavy discounting from known brands, which are balanced between imports and domestic wines.

February 2, 2011 Launches Wine Store

Aliso Viejo-based e-commerce retailer is expanding into wine sales, the firm said today, via a partnership with According to, the new online wine shop with include hundreds of wines from all regions and varietals, offering nearly 1,500 listings in the new wine store.

January 6, 2011

Champagne Or Sparkling Wine? Affordable Bubbly Choices

I have some friends who insist on the good stuff when it comes to champagne and others who really don’t care what it tastes like as long as they have something bubbly to toast with. I thought I’d take this opportunity for a champagne vs. sparkling wine discussion with some help from, and some suggestions for affordable bubbly.

December 31, 2010

Living Social announces top deals of 2010

D.C.-based LivingSocial, the discount coupon dispensing website, has recapped its most popular deals of the year with a list dominated by food and drink. LivingSocial’s best-selling deal of the year was a coupon for $60 worth of wine for $30 from Offered nationwide, LivingSocial sold 14,366 of the coupons amounting to almost 57,000 bottles of wine.

December 30, 2010

Champagne Alternatives for New Year’s Eve

Gwendolyn Osborn talks to Brooke Carlson on Fox12’s Better Portland about great bubblies to help ring in the New Year.

December 28, 2010

A sales season to cheer about

Consumers have spent $27.46 billion since Nov. 1, representing a 12% increase in online holiday sales from the same period last year, according to web measurement firm comScore Inc. Sales for the week of Dec. 10-17 alone topped $5.15 billion, making it the strongest online sales week ever.

December 20, 2010

Holiday Cheers and Sips

Entertaining is a huge part of the holiday season, and gifts of wine tend to be among the most popular choices. That’s because wine shows thought without being overly personal, it’s easy to transport to the office or to clients, and is a sure crowd-pleaser at a party. But selecting just the right bottle can feel like a daunting task. Red or white? Domestic or international? Expensive or cheap? sought the help and advice of three very different types of wine merchants: Kobrand, a wine and spirits importer;, an online retailer; and Tinto Fino, a small specialty wine store.

December 17, 2010

Free Shipping Day 2010 Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

So congratulations on your successful Christmas gift-buying procrastination, but now it’s time to get moving. The one-day only free shipping event means you can check off everyone on your shopping list, and not pay a dime in shipping. No malls, no shipping fees, and finish your holiday shopping! Sounds pretty good. Even better, we’ve asked the folks behind Free Shipping Day to provide us some free shipping day gift ideas for everyone on your list, and wow, did they deliver. No doubt, you’ll find great gifts for the whole family and more.

December 16, 2010

Stock the ultimate holiday bar on the cheap

It’s the season of giving, but damn—do we really need to give our friends $500 worth of alcohol for a few hours of entertaining? Follow these tips for a fully stocked bar for around $100.

Big House Red isn’t the most nuanced—or original—wine you’ll ever serve. But at $18 for three liters at (which equals four $4.50 bottles of wine), who’s going to complain?

December 16, 2010

How to Personalize Customer Service: “It’s Personal, It’s Business”

According to research, 78% of consumers say their most satisfying experience occurred because of a capable and competent customer service representative.

December 14, 2010

“ for iPad” for iOS Now Available on the App Store for iPad, developed by 2010, is now available from the App Store and has made Apple’s Top 300 iPad/iPod applications list. The app was last released on November 12, 2010 and sells for Free.

December 14, 2010

Is it Time to Invest in Fine Wine?

For those clients who want to have their investments and drink them, too, wine futures could merit some consideration. The Liv-ex 100 Fine Wine Investables Index, which tracks the price movements of the 100 most sought-after fine wines with active secondary markets, is up close to 40% year to date.

December 12, 2010

Wine magazines dead? I don’t think so

And as proof I offer’s #1 wine of the year, Cambria 2006 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, from the Santa Maria Valley.

December 8, 2010 toasts the holidays with an iPad app

With its eye on the holiday shopping season, Inc. has launched an iPad app that enables consumers to research, browse and buy wine through an optimized interface for the tablet PC that makes shopping on the iPad different from on the e-commerce site or iPhone app.

November 17, 2010

Ladies Home Journal Gift Guide Giveaway

Yes we realize that it’s a bit silly to give away—in advance—our suggestions for last-minute gifts. But there’s some really good stuff here, and we didn’t want you to miss out on another prize package of fun holiday prezzies.

November 15, 2010

Host A Wine Tasting Party

The holidays are approaching and what could be more fun for than an interactive wine tasting party? A successful wine tasting party begins with a great theme, encourages conversation and mingling and in the end, everyone gets in the party spirit and learns a little something.

October 28, 2010

iVillage “Of the Month” Club Roundup

We’ve got something for even the pickiest wine connoisseur with’s 90 Point Rated Wine Club. Each month, the recipient of this gift will receive two ultra premium red wines that were rated 90-plus within the last two vintages. Available in 3-, 6- or 12-month memberships.

October 26, 2010

EBay iPad users spend 50pc more than PC Web users

An eBay executive said that the average spend via its iPad application is 50 percent higher than the PC Web average during a panel at the National Retail Federation’s conference.

September 29, 2010 finds loyal customers through the iPad

Two months after introducing an iPad app, has found that shoppers using the Apple Inc. tablet computer tend to buy wine for themselves more often than buying it as gifts.

September 28, 2010

Pinot (blanc) and pasta… and more!

It was time once again to go “drawer diving.” As in the desk drawers, where my cohorts Sweet and Dry hoard the bottles of wine the Swirl Girls are sent for possible review. So I dug in and came out with a wine I’d never tried before, from a winery I didn’t know.

August 6, 2010

Fruit Ninja HD among this week’s great iPad apps

I probably didn’t need to know how easy the app (free) would make it for me to order wine for home delivery. Browse for wines by rating, type, region, style, and more.

July 20, 2010

Summer Wines That Don’t Break the Bank

Gwendolyn Osborn talks to Brooke Carlson on Fox12 Portland about great summer wines that are easy on the wallet.

July 15, 2010 Launches Deal of the Day Site

Wine is not the most inexpensive habit to indulge in. So when I learn about new ways to save on high-quality, top-rated wines, my interest is understandably piqued. As it was last week with the launch of

June 29, 2010 gets in on the daily deal trend

Following the success of web retailers such as Gilt Groupe and Rue La La, has launched, a members-only, daily flash-sale site for premium wines.

June 23, 2010

A Deal of the Day on Wine, in Your Inbox

For wine connoisseurs, finding a good deal on an unusual bottle is part of the fun, so it is no surprise that wine is the latest luxury item to join the private sale rush. On Monday,, the big wine e-commerce site, will start WineShopper, a members-only site with limited-time sales on select bottles of wine.

June 21, 2010 Launches Flash-Sale Site

It is about time that the members-only flash sale has come to the most popular virtual source for vino. What Tablet Hotel’s private sales are to lodging,’s has launched will be the same for premium wines and champagnes: a place to buy the finest fermented elixirs at up to 70% off during a 72-hour window… or until they sell out.

June 21, 2010

NBC The Today Show: Wedding Gifts

Women’s Day editor-in-chief, Elizabeth Mayhew, talks to Ann Curry about’s Wedding Milestone Trio as a great gift for the happy couple.

June 10, 2010

South Florida Today NBC-Miami: Wines that Taste Good in a Plastic Cup

Gwendolyn Osborn appears on South Florida today, talking with Trina about great summer wines under $15 that won’t break the piggy bank.

June 10, 2010

Napa Wine Gains 49% from ‘Abyss’ as Auction Raises $8.5 Million

Retail stores in the U.S. show price erosion for Napa wines. A 2006 Groth Reserve Oakville cabernet sauvignon rated 95 points out of 100 by Wine Spectator magazine lists for $90, down from $140, at K&L Wine Merchants in California. The 2006 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux blend is $100, off from the original $130, at Web retailer

June 8, 2010

5 Deals for Father’s Day

When it comes to getting gifts, my dad’s requests usually vary from the oh-so-creative “nothing” to the super-practical “save your money.”

June 3, 2010

Looking Ahead to the Holidays

To say that the holidays spike sales is a huge understatement at, where customer traffic and orders surge 1,000% during the Christmas shopping season—and account for 80% of annual sales.

May 27, 2010

App Roadmap: Retailers accept complexity as the price of cool, serving consumers the mobile apps they crave

E-retailer launched a mobile app right before Christmas that lets its customers save favorite wines in virtual cellars, create shopping lists, and view winemaker notes and label images. More than 100,000 consumers have downloaded the app, which is good for extending the brand, says Amy Kennedy, vice president of marketing. But the success poses the question of improving the app, for instance, making it easier for consumers to use it to make purchases through their smartphones.

May 27, 2010

Of Wine and Wall Street: Announces Bordeaux Futures Program

If you’re a fan of Bordeaux, numerous vintage reports have ranked the 2009 vintage as being superb – one commentator went so far as to ask if it weren’t the best vintage in 60 years. Your job now is to make sure you can actually get one of the finer bottles, and help has arrived in the form of’s 2009 Bordeaux Futures Program.

May 8, 2010

Green Wines under $20

Gwendolyn Osborn, Wine Expert, recommends sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines perfect for Spring and just in time for Earth Day.

April 21, 2010

How is getting a better return on corporate gift sales marketing

With about 80% of its corporate gift sales coming in November and December,’s corporate sales department spends much of the year searching for customers. A new database tool is making that search more productive, director of corporate sales Maile Cooper says.

April 13, 2010

Unfiltered: March 18, 2010

To aid in the relief efforts, online retailer has put together a list of Chilean wines under $25 and will donate $100 for every twelve bottles they sell for the rest of this month.

March 18, 2010

Drink Up

OK, so this isn’t our normal thing, but we felt that it was only right to fill you all in on this excellent opportunity to 1. drink a lot of wine and 2. contribute to a worthy cause.

March 10, 2010

Stephanie’s Top 10 Gift Pick

For the wine lover. You can visit for a huge selection of wines & other great gift ideas.

March 7, 2010

Chile Wine Industry Prices Earthquake Damage At $250 Million

The crushing earthquake in Chile cost its prestigious wine industry $250 million so far, a relatively small amount compared to the size of the industry, which is expected to bounce back and start shipping soon.

March 3, 2010

A Fashionable Way to Sell Wine

Know what might work well with that Marc Jacobs parka in your shopping cart? A discounted bottle of Champagne.

March 1, 2010

9 Red Wines for less than $10

America’s best sommeliers and wine merchants reveal their favorite bargain bottles. The best part? You can buy them all online!

February 2010

Affordable Champagne Alternatives

Gwendolyn Osborn, Wine Expert, recommends champagne alternatives that are easy on the wallet!

February 10, 2010

72 Tips for a Perfect Day

Gwendolyn Osborn, Wine Expert, gives advice to Brides planning wine for their wedding!

February 2010

New York Times Magazine: Samurai Shopper – Seeing Red

You can toast your Valentine with Champagne, Mr. and Mrs. Boring, but I’m gunning for a big, fat, plummy/spicy Aussie shiraz to seal the deal: find Mollydooker’s 2007 “Carnival of Love” at

February 8, 2010

Avoiding “America’s Biggest Rip-offs”

Wine at Restaurants. You can whip out your smartphone at the restaurant and see what to see just how steep the markup is on the wine list.

February 4, 2010 “By Appointment Only”
Many a gift is made that much more compelling by the addition of a bottle of wine. So when the opportunity arises to give a gift that is sprinkled with phrases like “private” and “VIP” and “Napa,” and that gift comes with not one, but three, bottles of distinguished ambrosia — well, it begins to look like a little bit of attention might be in order.

January 5, 2010 Publishes its Top 100 Wines of 2009

It’s not that you could ever be accused of running with the herd. However, when we’re talking about the choices of several million people, and those choices concern several million bottles of wine, well, it couldn’t hurt to lend one little ear to the vox populi.

December 24, 2009

Fine Wine

We recently had our office holiday party, which had me thinking about wine, and that led me to recall a meeting I had awhile back with the people from, visiting us in New York from San Francisco. See how one thing leads inevitably to another? Anyway, at the time I was quite impressed with the quality of the company’s wares.

December 23, 2009 Makes the Crimson Elixir “By Appointment Only”

Many a gift is made that much more compelling by the addition of a bottle of wine. So when the opportunity arises to give a gift that is sprinkled with phrases like “private” and “VIP” and “Napa,” and that gift comes with not one, but three, bottles of distinguished ambrosia.

December 18, 2009 Uncorks iPhone App, a popular wine retailer with a fantastic domain name, is launching its own free iPhone app to help wine lovers everywhere find the perfect bottle.

December 12, 2009

Food gifts for all types

The ideas below offer a real diverse selection of options and they all are earth-friendly in either their ingredients, packaging, business practices or all three. – the world’s largest online wine retailer — has a great earth-friendly and wallet-friendly gift pack called the Eco Wine Trio.

December 8, 2009

Go greener with your holiday spirits

Eco wine trio –’s trio of reds with a reduced carbon footprint.

December 7, 2009

Four Washington state wines in’s best-seller list

Four wines from Washington state, including two from Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, are listed on online wine retailer’s top 100 list, which is based on customer preferences of wines from around the world.

December 2, 2009 Get to Know your Customers

This online retailer uses technology to deliver an enjoyable shopping experience to its customers.Rich Bergsund, CEO of San Francisco, Calif.-based, said his team’s overall strategy is the same now, despite a down economy, as it has always been. “In any economic climate, the most important aspect of our strategy is to know who our customers are. From there, we can do our best to be great at providing them with the experience they want,” he said.

December 1, 2009

Retailers’ websites are getting smarter about shoppers faced the daunting task of designing a site for a customer base with varying wine tastes and experience. The site already has an online community for users to share reviews. In August, it introduced new recommendation tools and a way to sort visitors into three categories: casual, connoisseur and gift-giver.

December 1, 2009

Retailers, technology companies looking to avoid ‘creepy factor’ in figuring out what consumers want faced the daunting task of designing a site for a customer base with a wide variation in wine tastes and experience. The site already has an online community for users to share reviews.

November 31, 2009

Great presents under $50 The Eco Wine Trio, exclusively for, includes three earth-friendly wines: a fruit-forward Merlot, a lush Rhône red and a bright fruity Pinot Noir are brought to you in a 100% recycled and recyclable gift box

November 21, 2009

Eco-Friendly Bottles and Budget-Friendly Wines

The tree huggers on your Christmas list will give you a big hug for the Eco Wine Trio, a threesome of good reds packaged in lightweight, shatterproof 100-percent recyclable PET bottles.

November 19, 2009

What to drink with sushi and sashimi — dining out and at home
Gwendolyn Osborn, who writes a wine blog for, chooses King Estate Pinot Gris, 2007, $14. “This Oregon Pinot Gris has ripe, tropical fruit balanced by zippy acidity,” she said. “It is a perfect match for the mix of salty and spicy in a Bento Box.”

November 12, 2009

Great Gift Idea: Wine in a Box

This would be a great gift idea for your bridal party, parents, or anyone else who loves drinking wine! You could put together your own selections of wine or you can purchase one of’s preselected gift sets. Even better, they have gifts under $40 (plus shipping).

October 22, 2009

Unbeatable Wine Bargains

Prices have dropped in the fine wine market due to the recession. Oenophiles can celebrate with these exceptional wines that have been discounted.

September 25, 2009

Internet Retailer Top 500 Retail Web Sites was ranked the #1 online wine retailer for the fifth year in a row by Internet Retailer Magazine in its annual rankings based on revenue. placed #15 in the food and drug category, and #218 overall in the Top 500 Guide of e-retailers, 2009 edition.

September 25, 2009

Drink Up!

Chances are you’ll be needing some wine for your wedding reception. Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir or Rioja—how do you decide when there’s so much to know? Enter There are so many good tidbits to share that I’ve taken it upon myself to put together a little top 10 list for you. You’re welcome.

August 19, 2009

Quiz: What Wine Are You?

What kind of wine are you and what should you be shopping for?

July, 2009

What’s Wrong With Wine on the Web – Some Who Do It Right – The granddaddy of Internet wine sites, based in San Francisco. The site itself is a pleasure to use, with a great deal of information easily presented. It’s very easy to order from – kind of an of wine.

April 11, 2009

Winning the Match Game

Why not resolve to let 2009 be the year you learn to pair food and wine like a pro? Wolfert’s next e-mail mentioned two somewhat less expensive options: a 2004 Vall Llach Idus ($50 at

December 31, 2008