During a virtual conversation talking about his new limited-edition Academy Awards wine line, the six-time Oscar winner opens up about the crowded awards season landscape.
April 28, 2021
Companies from Kraft Heinz to Triple Coffee across multiple consumer goods categories, including wine, coffee and household products, lean into the power of online tasting and sampling experiences.
April 12, 2021
Amid the rise in virtual test kitchens and tastings, the ability to entertain still rules the day.
March 26, 2021
Online wine sales have seen strong steady growth for more than a decade, and saw explosive growth in 2020 as a consumer wine buying option during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael Osborn, founder and executive vice president of Wine.com, one of the oldest and largest online wine retailers, believes strong sales growth will continue and there is significant opportunity for online sales to carve out a larger share of the off-premise wine sales market.
March 17, 2021
With 40+ virtual public tastings completed since the COVID Pandemic started, Wine.com gets our “Best of Show” Oscar for production quality, celebrity winemakers, and Hollywood star guests like Cameron Diaz. The sheer number attendees they attract is impressive.
January 19, 2021
Wine.com posted sales up 119% to $329 million in calendar 2020, including a 64% jump to $111 million in the fourth quarter. Growth was driven by the online retailer’s StewardShip subscription program, which offers free shipping and delivered revenues up 149% to $189 million.
January 14, 2021
Founded in 1998 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wine.com bills itself as the world’s largest wine store. It is the biggest online wine retailer in the US, offering 17,000 different labels from regions around the world. Featuring a mix of both well-known and well-distributed wines to smaller boutique brands, the company works hard to deliver what consumers want.
January 13, 2021
Why should we buy wine online in the first place? So, yes, Pandemic. But also your local liquor store probs doesn't carry every single wine label known to woman. Picking your poison online means you have access to the entire world of of wine, and you don't have to settle for the same few brands every time. Vogel's go-to? Wine.com. (Yeah, that's a website.)
November 9, 2020
For this $250 Case Challenge, Anna-Christina Cabrales accepted our request to build an exceptional 12-bottle case from Wine.com. Cabrales is a New York City-based sommelier who until recently worked at Morrell Wine Bar & Café, serving as the restaurant’s general manager and wine director before it closed permanently as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
October 14, 2020
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses are among the most respected in the wine business. The four-course program takes three, or more, years to complete and functions as the precursor to the to the even-more-challenging Masters of Wine program. Thus far, only several hundred people have completed the final Diploma program of the course (with yours truly being one of them).
August 18, 2020
Wine.com sponsors NBC Sports Bay Area's Field to Table cooking show and selects wine pairings
At the start of the Covid-19 crisis, e-commerce retailer Wine.com saw its sales roar into overdrive, and that growth has continued unabated. After experiencing a 47% increase in sales to nearly $200 million in the 12 months through April, Wine.com’s trailing 12-month figures for May jumped by 65% to $222 million. Meanwhile, revenue from the company’s membership program, StewardShip, was up 74% to $115 million in the trailing 12-month period through May.
June 29, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis appears to have accelerated the shift of U.S. wine consumers to online buying, and several of the nation’s top retailers expect wine buyers to stay online.
May 29, 2020
The popular wine website is tapping winemakers, wine critics, and other pros for a series of free virtual wine and spirit tastings. Join Invivo X creators Sarah Jessica Parker, Rob Cameron, and Tim Lightbourne for a tasting of their inaugural New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Provencal Rosé, or get to know the trailblazers of the Oregon wine scene as they share stories about winemaking, artistry, and entrepreneurship.
May 19, 2020
Instead of just sipping wine with strangers on a video call, Wine.com is taking drinkers on guided journeys with question-and-answer-style webinars. Most recently, the online wine distributor's Director of Education and Content Gwendolyn Osborn hosted Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite chairwoman Saskia Rothschild, who gave viewers a virtual tour of a few wineries under her family company's umbrella in countries including Chile, Argentina and France.
May 18, 2020
The long-term impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on consumer buying habits may be the final push online beverage alcohol sales need to become mainstream. After two decades, online wine sales are now cruising in the e-commerce fast lane for American consumers.
May 14, 2020
With wine’s e-commerce channel seeing marked expansion lately, online retailer Wine.com posted sales up 25% to $165 million for its fiscal year ended in March, with the $33 million yearly increase marking the largest in the company’s history.
May 14, 2020
With online wine sales spiking during the pandemic, many wineries have turned to virtual wine tastings to connect with guests in lieu of tasting room experiences.
May 3, 2020
Far into our second month of social distancing, we’re all continuing to take major safety precautions while cooking food and pouring drinks we love at home. Fortunately for us, wine purveyors have leaned into the times, with everything from virtual tastings via Zoom to tutorials on Instagram Live, and you can even find wine and recipe pairings taught by Michelin-starred chefs.
April 30, 2020
“With stay-at-home measures in place, the wine industry has a unique opportunity to develop and improve the online experience,” said Wine.com founder Michael Osborn. “E-commerce enables tasting alongside global wine and spirits leaders, and the chance to hear firsthand details from such experts is extraordinary.”
April 30, 2020
Wine.com — Powered by the strength of their killer URL, the nation’s largest retailer has built their success on offering an extensive range of options to wine lovers of all stripes, from the bargain hunter to the collector. Their mobile-friendly platform appeals to younger audiences, and their live chat is managed by an army of wine experts who make it easy to quickly find and purchase exactly what you’re looking for.
April 29, 2020
Wine.com has launched a series of virtual experiences as wine educators lead attendees through tastings, the wine making process, pairing suggestions and more.
April 28, 2020
Next Tuesday, Jersey legend Jon Bon Jovi along with his son and co-owner of wine brand Hampton Water Jesse Bongiovi and renowned winemaker Gérard Bertrand, will be hosting a live virtual wine tasting that will transport our hearts and minds to the east end, at least for a few minutes anyway. Completely free and open to the public via Zoom, the virtual event will start at 4pm (PST) and last around 30 minutes or so.
April 24, 2020
Music legend Jon Bon Jovi and his entrepreneur son and Hampton Water creator Jesse Bongiovi are among the latest to announce an online event. They will lead a virtual wine tasting in partnership with winemaker Gérard Bertrand, on April 28th on Wine.com.
April 24, 2020
Boisset Collection is rolling out additional virtual online sessions with special guests, including a second Wine.com tasting, this time with singer/songwriter John Legend on May 6.
April 22, 2020
Ecommerce sales are surging for necessities like groceries as U.S. consumers continue to adjust to numerous state and local stay-at-home directives during the coronavirus crisis. For a lot of consumers, it appears wine is among the essentials they value.
April 6, 2020
E-commerce retailer Wine.com said demand in March more than doubled from the year-earlier period, and was accelerating to three times the year-earlier pace in the early days of April.
April 6, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way we interact, shop and, well, practically everything about the way we live, at least temporarily. But will these changes last? As we get accustomed to buying daily essentials online, will we buy our wine that way, too? If so, what wines will we buy?
April 3, 2020
Once you’ve got your meal plans set, don’t forget to shop for a nice bottle of wine to pair with them. You can buy individual bottles from online retailers like wine.com...
April 2, 2020
Wine.com founder Michael J Osborn also says, “The demand is coming from both existing and brand new Wine.com customers.” And the operational changes they’ve made at Wine.com in response to the pandemic and resulting demand indicates they are prepared for continued demand during the pandemic. “Our warehouses are fully operational, practicing social distancing, and extra cleaning procedures. We’re happy to support the community by hiring 100 additional people to help pick pack & ship orders.”
March 30, 2020
Does being cooped up inside make you want to crack open a bottle of wine? Same. If your wine cellar needs restocking, you can select from crisp & refreshing whites and bold reds at Wine.com. Additionally, you can also shop different spirits like whiskey, tequila, and vodka.
March 30, 2020
Americans are spending more time than ever at home right now, with trips outdoors limited to only the absolutely necessary. While alcohol businesses, including wine and liquor stores, wineries, breweries, and distilleries, have been deemed “essential” in states where work restrictions are in effect, U.S. drinkers are increasingly making their alcohol purchases online.
March 24, 2020
A January report from Rabobank, a global food and agribusiness bank, estimated that U.S. online sales reached $2.6 billion in 2019, growing 22% year on year. At the recent annual Impact Marketing Seminar, Rich Bergsund, chief executive officer of giant online retailer Wine.com, said the site pulled in $150 million in revenue in 2019.
March 24, 2020
According to the Rabobank ‘Beverages in the Time of Covid-19’ report: “The first cases of coronavirus in the US were recorded in January 2020, but the dramatic changes in consumer behavior did not begin until March.” According to the report, off-premise sales are growing significantly “…e-commerce channels are doing particularly well,” and consumers seek larger formats and lower-priced products “…at the expense of high-end premium/luxury brands.”
March 21, 2020
With an increasing number of people staying at home due to COVID-19, now is a good time to master the ins and outs of purchasing wine online. Some small wineries ship directly to consumers, but laws vary by state. Online retailers large and small offer breadth, depth and expertise, while digital wine clubs choose the wines for you, delivering regularly to your door.
March 20, 2020
Wine.com boasts the world's largest online wine selection, plus the convenience of home delivery or pick-up from convenient local stores (like Walgreens) that may be open late or on weekends. It's a good place to find your old favorites, discover new wines, and shop collectible and boutique wines. As an additional perk, Wine.com sells gift baskets, glassware, and other wine accessories.
March 19, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to force Americans to stay at home, online purchases of beverage alcohol are seeing major increases. E-commerce retailer Wine.com reports surging demand over the past week as people continue stocking up on wines and spirits by using home delivery.
March 19, 2020
Things could not have gone much better for Wine.com in 2019. Wine.com topped $150 million in revenue last year, a $20 million year-to-year bounce and the largest gain in its 15-year history. Those results were helped by 60 percent revenue growth over Cyber Weekend, high net promoter scores and improvements to the customer experience that kept consumers coming back for more outside of holidays and heavy promotional periods.
February 14, 2020
Michael Osborn, who founded Wine.com in 1998, said connections with consumers don’t just happen at wineries. He’s collaborated with wineries to promote events in select markets, underscoring the importance of partnerships in building a larger, consumer-oriented ecosystem.
“There are customers who are interested in learning more about your story, but from the source,” he said. This can happen at the winery itself, creating memories that will repay wineries for years as visitors remember and share the experience with friends.
February 13, 2020
Wine.com, one of the biggest online wine retailers in the US, has rolled out spirits sales into the key Californian market, as the latest data finds alcohol e-commerce has hit the $2.6billion mark.
February 12, 2020
The chat function, which Wine.com introduced in 2014, has been a way to communicate “a better understanding” of the wines to customers, according to Joe Kennedy, Wine.com’s head of customer service.
January 19, 2020
With e-commerce taking on growing importance for the beverage alcohol category, online retailer Wine.com saw revenue leap by $20 million in 2019 to surpass $150 million. The company said results were boosted by a robust holiday selling season, including a 60% increase during the Cyber Weekend period following Thanksgiving.
January 14, 2020
Wine could see a boost from online shopping. IWSR forecasts U.S. online alcohol sales to rise from $3 billion in 2019 to $13.4 billion by 2024. Sales have so far been driven by wine, which has fewer state-level restrictions than other drinks. San Francisco-based online wine retailer Wine.com says its revenue rose about 16% last year and that millennials make up about a third of its customers.
January 13, 2020