Celebrates Four Years of Free Shipping “Steward-Ship” Program

The #1 Online Wine Retailer Offers Free, Month-Long Trial

San Francisco, Calif. (November 14, 2012) – Today,, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, marks the four-year anniversary of Steward-Ship, the industry’s first loyalty shipping program. To celebrate, is offering customers a taste of Steward-Ship with a free, month-long trial. The landmark program provides members with one year of unlimited free standard shipping, on all personal and gift orders, regardless of order size, for $49.

Shipping wine can be tricky. Wine is subject to a number of different challenging factors including extreme weather, the necessity for an adult signature upon delivery, and complicated state shipping laws. To top it off, wine is heavy and fragile, which means shipping costs can get expensive. has spent the last decade navigating these complexities and developing a series of innovations and services to make ordering, and shipping, wine online a snap.

Now, offers the must convenient way to buy and ship wine online. The site provides customers with industry firsts like warehouse weather-holds to protect wine from heat damage and date-specific delivery, which allows customers to choose the exact day they would like to have their wine delivered. Steward-Ship adds to the shipping experience by offering a premium shipping deal, exclusive offers to members only, and early access to promotional offers. And it doesn’t hurt that since launching in 2008, Steward-Ship has remained the best wine shipping deal in the industry.

“People hate paying for shipping,” said Rich Bergsund, CEO of “ Steward-Ship is the best deal in the wine business, and we’re going to keep making it better.”

Find out more about the Steward-Ship free trial at

About is the nation’s #1 online wine retailer, offering thousands of wines, wine gifts, gift baskets, corporate gifts and monthly wine clubs.’s mission is to be the ultimate resource for wine enthusiasts, whether shopping for themselves or a gift. offers a combination of selection, value, service and detailed product information that is impossible to find in a brick and mortar store. is the world’s most visited wine website and also runs the wine flash sales site, WineShopper. is owned by Baker Capital. For more information: visit, the Wine Notes Blog, Facebook page, Twitter, or download the iPad app. For WineShopper, visit or on Facebook and Twitter.

About Baker Capital

Baker Capital, founded in 1995, is New York based private equity firm with $1.5 billion under management. Baker Capital invests globally in digital communications, media and technology companies at all stages of development. The partners of Baker Capital have extensive private equity and operational experience allowing the firm to provide its portfolio companies with not only capital, but also global strategic thinking and relationships.

Lauren Lloyd or Jason Mandell

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