SiteSmith Inc., a leading Internet site operations company, announced today that it has been selected by wine.com to manage all aspects of the successful website and corporate network upgrade for improved performance and scalability.

Working with wine.com as an extension of the company's existing IT department, SiteSmith's technical team can draw on the expertise of more than 200 SiteSmith technical experts as it manages dozens of vendors and service providers to quickly create wine.com's robust network. The creation of the custom-built wine.com site will have greater scalability and performance, which is required to keep pace with the company's continually expanding offerings and rocketing number of new and repeat customers. The new network consolidates wine.com's disparate systems at a single location for easier management, better control and lower costs.

"By working with SiteSmith we're able to augment our IT department to fit the job without unnecessarily hiring additional internal staff. SiteSmith provides the highest level of outsourced Internet site operations that we need to ensure smooth data migration and optimize site performance," said Bill Newlands, president and CEO of wine.com.

"wine.com has quickly emerged as a national brand, and as such, understands that to continue its incredible growth, it must rapidly scale its website for the future," said Marv Tseu, CEO of SiteSmith. "We, at SiteSmith, are extremely excited about this opportunity, which involves development of not only the e-commerce portion of the new site, but also a new corporate website and intranet."

About wine.com

Founded in 1994, wine.com was the first wine merchant on the Web and a pioneer in electronic commerce. wine.com features an ever-growing selection of wines from around the world and wine-related gifts and accessories for customers worldwide. The company makes wine buying easy and fun with detailed wine information, its proprietary wine tasting chart, and expert advice from its professional wine team, which includes two Master Sommeliers and a Master of Wine. With the exception of Rare Wines, each wine offered on the site is tasted and selected by wine.com's experts, and all are 100 percent guaranteed. The "Featured Wineries" area of the site highlights exclusive wines from such leading wine brands as Sterling Vineyards, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and the Artisans & Estates Wineries, Domaine Chandon, Niebaum-Coppola and Gallo of Sonoma. Wine.com is able to ship wine through a legally compliant network of wholesalers and retailers to more than 90 percent of the United States, as well as Asia and Europe. wine.com is privately held and headquartered in Napa with an office in Fremont, Calif.

About SiteSmith

SiteSmith, Inc. is a leading provider of outsourced Internet site operations for new start-ups and established e-businesses. Since its inception in October 1999, SiteSmith has assembled a world-class team of Web engineers, Internet technologists and project managers to help companies build and operate reliable, scalable and secure Internet sites. SiteSmith is dedicated to helping e-businesses deliver the performance and consistent services that customers, investors and partners demand -- twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. SiteSmith is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with offices in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles and Herndon, VA. Information about SiteSmith and its services is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sitesmith.com or call 1-888-424-0059.