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WINE.COM ANNOUNCES BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY DEALS; GO GREEN, SAVE GREEN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Wine.com, 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 Wine.com. "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 giving."

  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 entertaining.
  4. Save on Shipping: Wine.com’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 you!
  5. Gifts Under $40: Wine.com 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 www.wine.com/green
  8. Bye Bye Baskets: Be eco-conscious by giving gifts packaged in recyclable gift boxes. Wine.com 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 Wine.com 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. Wine.com 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. Wine.com also sells a popular model by Vacuvin. In fact, Gwyneth Paltrow told Oprah a wine saver was one of her kitchen must haves.

Wine.com Promotions and Tips on Twitter and Facebook

Throughout the holidays Wine.com 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 http://facebook.com/winecom

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

Shop Wine.com’s Online Catalog

For an easy way to find great gifts this holiday season, shop Wine.com’s online catalog, available at http://www.wine.com/Wine-Bottle-and-Wine-Gift-Catalog.htm

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 Wine.com’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 knowledgeable.

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