has announced a deal which will make it a featured partner on the Web site ( to help shoppers find and buy wine online. Amazon customers will find links to offerings in the Gourmet Food store ( and on the homepage.

In a statement, issued today (4 May), George Garrick, CEO of, said: "We are very excited about this opportunity to offer our vast selection of wines, wine clubs, and gifts to Amazon customers. The US$22bn wine industry is one of the largest remaining consumer categories to develop online, and has become the world's largest online wine store. For most occasions, buying online is a better way to buy wine, and this relationship makes online wine buying available to many more people." shoppers will be invited to take up an introductory offer of US$10 off any order of US$50 or more at

Last year, posted a record year of sales, up more than 40% from 2003 with over 2m website visitors and more than 100,000 customers who purchased more than 14,000 different wines. is also now able to direct-ship wines to 85% of the US wine-consuming population in 36 states, plus the District of Columbia.

"Our growth has continued to accelerate so far in 2005 on the heels of a record Q1," said Garrick. "Wine is one of the most exciting and fastest growing consumer goods categories, and we're excited to offer the convenience, expediency and comfort of online retail to even more wine consumers through our Amazon relationship."