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
"For its forward-thinking approach as a nearly nationwide retailer of quality wines, Wine Enthusiast is proud to name Wine.com as its Retailer of the Year."
November 5, 2019
January 27, 2020
Cosmos are out and sauvignon blanc is in! Sarah Jessica Parker released her new brand of white wine in September, a collaboration with New Zealand-based winery Invivo & Co. The flavor is bright, crisp and citrusy, but not too sweet—ready to drink with dinner or at the next girls’ night. Parker says she was “very hands-on” throughout the process. “I have to be genuinely involved so I can speak enthusiastically about it.” $20; wine.com
September 25, 2019
One of the country’s most successful internet marketers of wine is jumping into the spirits game. Wine.com, which distributes wine in almost all of the United States—and is fairing well with millennials—has opened its warehouses to sales of stronger alcoholic beverages.
August 2, 2019
Michael Osborn, the founder of Wine.com, shared that rosé popularity is still on the rise for the San Francisco-based online wine retailer. "The U.S. was a little later than Europe in the adoption of dry-rosé, and so we're still likely to see high growth rates for years," he says.
July 23, 2019
Wine.com has supported the Sonoma County Barrel Auction since the inaugural event five years ago—their customers love the diversity of Sonoma County wines.
May 7, 2019
But some bidders, like Michael Osborn of Wine.com, found good deals at the three-hour-plus sale. "We are value shoppers here because ultimately we're going to sell these wines, as we have from the previous four years of auctions, on our website, as we do with Napa Premiere wines, wines from Washington and the Willamette Valley. The idea is to offer the customer something unique that they can't find elsewhere but not at the crazy prices that some of the Premiere Napa items go for."
May 7, 2019
"2017 tastes more restrained than 2016," Wendy Stanford, senior buyer for Wine.com says, echoing what many other buyers told Wine-Searcher. "It's already approachable and delicious, but the purity of the fruit's expression and the level of acidity make it very promising in terms of ageability. For the past few years, our customers have not been able to get enough Willamette Valley Pinot, especially our East Coast customers."
April 11, 2019
While wine retailers and number-crunchers have long lamented their lack of understanding and ability to market to millennials, one online store is having major success.
March 6, 2019
Wine.com donated $20,000 to the wine industry scholars program at Sonoma State University, which offsets tuition and other educational expenses for family members of vineyard and winery workers.
March 2, 2019
Amid the steady growth of e-commerce within the drinks industry, online retailer Wine.com saw revenues reach $130 million in 2018, with growth driven by imports.
March 1, 2019
The wine industry is shaping up to be more transparent and international than ever in 2019. Consumers want more local, sustainably sourced wines, but at the same time they are expanding their palates to newcomers on the market from places like Bulgaria, Hungary and Georgia.
February 27, 2019
Despite restricted national reach, imported wines shipped directly from retailers to consumers are making serious headway.
February 27, 2019
While retailers and current industry research are lamenting that the wine business has lost the lucrative interest of the millennial consumer, Wine.com executives beg to differ.
February 26, 2019