December 02, 2011 10:00 ET Resumes Shipping to Texas in Time for Holiday Shopping

Full Inventory Now Available to Texas Customers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 2, 2011) - Just in time for the holidays,, the #1 online wine retailer, today announced that it has resumed shipping to Texas after a brief hiatus. Customers throughout Texas can now purchase thousands of wines and wine-inspired gifts, which will be delivered from the new warehouse in Houston. is the perfect resource this holiday season for Texas wine enthusiasts, offering such holiday favorites as Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon, Dom Perignon and Godiva truffles and the Silver Oak Trophy Reds gift set. Additionally, carries the most extensive list of wines rated 90 points or above by the world's renowned wine publications with a price under $20.

With now delivering to 92% of the country, it's easy for Texas shoppers to send gifts both inside and outside the state. Consumers can select their desired delivery date and the Steward-Ship® program gives members a year of unlimited free shipping for just $49. Texas residents can also take advantage of mobile shopping with the new mobile site -- the first fully functional mobile shopping site in the wine retail sector -- and with the iPad app. Consumers can order wine and gifts as late as Thursday, December 22nd for delivery in Texas in time for Christmas.

"We're thrilled to be back in Texas and serving our 30,000 Texas customers from our new facility in Houston," said Rich Bergsund, CEO. "The TABC (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission) has been extremely cooperative and business-friendly, granting us the necessary permits to operate."

"We welcome to Texas," said Alan Steen, TABC Administrator. " brings jobs, competition and tax revenue to Texas -- all good things for the state's economy."

As an added bonus for Texas wine lovers -- and in advance of the highly anticipated 2011 100 wines of the year -- the company also announced today its Top 10 Wines in Texas list. The 100 is the only wine ranking based entirely on customer preferences, where customers vote with their wallets to determine what makes the list. Among the Top 10 Wines in Texas are: Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, d'Arenberg Stump Jump Shiraz 2008 and Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label.

About is the nation's #1 online wine retailer, offering thousands of wines, wine gifts, gift baskets 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 majority 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.

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