Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Celebrating the Deal of the Day at

If you're following us on Twitter or Facebook, you've probably noticed that there seems to be a new deal from popping up every day. Did the holidays come early this year? This is like day after day after day of cool presents! The holidays didn't actually come early, but we wanted to make sure you know about the best deals on so you have time to ship your wine and gifts before the holidays.

Every day until December 19th, we'll be offering a special "Deal of the Day" on, along with other special prices and "Today's Hot Pick." Today, for instance, you can save 15% when you buy six or more bottles. There are only nine days left for standard shipping rates if you want to make it before Christmas, so make sure to check back often. You never know what might pop up tomorrow!

For a persistent link to the Deal of the Day, click here

For a persistent link to Today's Hot Pick, click here

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Announcing The 100 List

When choosing the right wine to quench your indelible thirst, who do you turn to for advice? While it's always great to get tips from the experts who make a living out of studying this sort of thing, we've found over the years that our community at has some great insights too. Just browsing the thousands of community reviews and wine lists can really help to narrow down that perfect wine for the occasion. That's why for the second year in a row, we chose to honor our sharp customers with the 100 list. This list is unique because it's based entirely on community preferences. The rankings reflect the top 1% of wine sold nationally on during 2008.

So what have the people decided? The biggest trend we've seen this year is that people are looking for highly rated wines at lower prices. The #1 ranked wine, Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2006, for instance, keeps people coming back for more with its very reasonable price and a 92 point ranking from the Wine News. We also saw that the community has very "international" tastes. Besides the many domestic wines on the list, 100 wines hail from eight other countries, including a larger percentage than last year from Australia and South America.

Interested to dig into the list and learn more? Here are a few great choices that have the backing of a great community!

#1 Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2006

Deep, dark ruby red. Concentrated blackberry and black cherry aromas with well-integrated oak. Juicy red and black fruit highlighted with earthy notes and elegant oak that lend a creamy mouth feel. Plush with soft, rich tannins, this wine is concentrated, round and luxurious with a long finish.

#17 Conundrum 2006
Conundrum 2006 exhibits soft tropical notes of guava and cherimoya, also peach and honeysuckle. The rich perfume is supported by concentrated and focused layers of peach and apricot nectar, pear and green melon with spicy vanilla notes. The creamy texture and balanced acidity carries through the palate for a long finish.

#44 Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2005
Deep ruby in color, this concentrated Alexander Valley Merlot offers classic aromas of ripe black plum, blueberry and currant. The core of vibrant fruit balances nicely with the soft, round tannins creating a lush and juicy mouthfeel. Notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, which come from aging in oak barrels, meld nicely with the rich fruit and lead to a long, velvety finish.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Cyber Monday!

We had a pretty good time during Black Friday last week and thought we'd extend the cheer this week for Cyber Monday. How many of you rolled into the office this morning, all puffed out from the Thanksgiving turkey, and all you wanted to do was check out the online shopping deals? We did!

So here is our promo for Cyber Monday - we're offering 1 cent shipping on any order, no matter how big or small. You can order 1 bottle of wine or you can order 50 and you will still receive 1 cent shipping. Check here to learn more and start shopping to your heart's content!

We gave some suggestions for great wine gifts and gift baskets in our last post, but there are so many more to choose from to take advantage of this best shipping offer of the year. Our gift selections - from Godiva chocolate and wine pairings to gourmet food and wine baskets - are perfect for family and friends looking to celebrate the holidays and bring in the new year. Here are some more top picks:

Warres Otima Port & 8-Piece Godiva Chocolates
Is there a better combination than tawny Port and chocolate? From the renowned Port house Warres, Otima is a 10 year tawny Port made in a lighter, more contemporary style. Beautifully packaged and incredible when paired with Godiva's 8-piece ballotin of assorted creamy milk, white and dark chocolates.

California Wine Tour Gift Basket
Celebrate wine country living with three top shelf wines and assorted gourmet foods in a wicker picnic basket. Intense aromas of cherries and black raspberries define this full-bodied Kenwood Pinot Noir from the Russian River, while Wente's Sandstone Merlot delivers flavors of blackberry and spice, accented by hints of licorice and tobacco. DeLoach Chardonnay is rich and clean with a smooth, long-lasting finish.

Enjoy these wines with scrumptious treats such as Napa Valley mustard, Ghirardelli chocolates, lemon almond biscotti, California pistachios and much, much more.

At checkout, remember to use the code CYBERMON. Have a Happy Cyber Monday!