News, strike distribution deal will deliver beers sourced by

Sept 18, 2000 - The leading online wine destination, (, and the world's largest web portal for beer, (, today announced an agreement under which exclusive beers sourced by will be delivered to consumers through the distribution network which now fulfills wine orders placed through


"The high quality of our online consumer experience is matched by the high standards of our order fulfillment system," said Bill Newlands, president and CEO of "This agreement leverages our expertise in managing a fully-compliant system for delivering alcoholic beverages to American consumers and makes good economic sense for both companies."

"We believe that has done a great job in developing a viable delivery system in a challenging environment," stated Robert Imeson, president of "This agreement will allow us to focus our efforts on sourcing the world's most exotic beers for members of our exclusive club, The Michael Jackson Real Beer Tour ( It will also provide us with the opportunity to continue to develop a vibrant and exciting e-store which will be stocked with some of the world's best, yet hardest to find, beers."

About ( was founded in 1994 and quickly became the leading beer content site on the web. currently boasts over 125,000 pages of content and has agreements with most of the world's top beer writers designating the company as the exclusive publisher of their notes and articles on the web. Earlier this year, merged with, which previously partnered with Michael Jackson, the world's foremost beer authority. Under Jackson's guidance, the integrated company has been able to go directly to some of the world's finest breweries in order to provide members with great beers previously unavailable in the USA. As a result of these efforts, has succeeded in developing the world's largest Internet based beer club. has plans to extend its e-commerce activities to Europe, Australia and New Zealand in the coming year. is headquartered in San Francisco and also has offices in London, Seattle and Auckland.

About (
Founded in 1994, was the first wine merchant on the Web and is the leading online wine destination. serves wine consumers in 90% of the United States market, as well as Europe and Asia, through the Internet's most comprehensive legally compliant wine distribution network. features a carefully chosen, ever-growing selection of American and international wines and wine-related gifts and accessories. The company makes wine buying easy and fun with a proprietary wine tasting chart and detailed wine information written by one of the largest professional wine teams ever assembled. This wine team is lead by two Master Sommeliers and one Master of Wine to provide expert information and select the wines featured on the site. Each wine is 100% guaranteed.'s "Featured Wineries" gives consumers access to exclusive wines from such leading wine brands as Niebaum-Coppola, Kendall-Jackson, Sterling Vineyards, Domaine Chandon and Gallo of Sonoma. is privately held and is located in Napa, California.

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