Kicking off with the world's largest online wine tasting,'s inaugural WOW - Wine Obsession Week will celebrate the nation's growing interest in food and wine and honor individuals and wineries who are leaders in these industries. Beginning Friday, August 18, 2000 to Saturday, August 25, 2000,, the leading online wine destination, is holding a series of public events centered around appreciation of wine.

Additionally, will contribute an amount equal to 5% of all orders placed through's website during WOW to the Napa Valley Migrant Farm workers Housing Fund. This fund helps to ease the problems associated with a shortage of affordable housing in the Napa area.

"This an exciting time in the wine industry. An increasing variety of wines plus expanded distribution through the Internet is leading more and more people to realize how interesting and fun the discovery of wine can be," said Bill Newlands, president and CEO of "WOW celebrates the great wines being produced today by centuries-old techniques and embraces the advantages offered by the Net."

The World's Largest Online Wine Tasting

On August 19, 2000 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time and 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, will host the world's largest online wine tasting on its website at Led by Peter Granoff, head of's professional Wine Team and one of only 41 Master Sommeliers in America, the online tasting will cover six exceptional white and red wines.

"We have chosen a mix of wines from around the world that will make a great introduction to wine for those new to wine as well as widening the boundaries for people who are already well acquainted with American wines," said Peter Granoff, co-founder of and a Master Sommelier.

For people interested in participating in the online wine tasting, is featuring a WOW White Wine Tasting Pack and a WOW Red Wine Tasting Pack for $34.00 each. Tasting Packs can be ordered online at

Inaugural Awards

Additionally, the company is launching the wine industry's first awards event to recognize online and offline leaders. Central to the awards are four People's Choice categories: "Bang For The Buck" (favorite wine offering excellent value for the money), "French Paradox" (favorite wine for everyday drinking), "Sparkling All-Star" (favorite sparkling wine) and "Sweetie Pie" (favorite dessert wine).

To vote, simply go to and click to the section on the awards. Voting closes on August 23, 2000. For people interested in sampling the wines nominated for the "People's Choice" awards, is featuring a mixed case of 12 wines for $220. The selection can be ordered online at's WOW concert at the Charles Krug Winery in Napa

The grand finale to WOW will be a concert by Aaron Neville and Shawn Colvin on the beautiful lawns of the historic Charles Krug Winery, Saturday August 26, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. In addition to the 5% donation, will also donate the net proceeds from this event to the Napa Valley Migrant Farm workers Housing Fund. Tickets to the concert will be sold for $50.00 each at


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 headquartered in Napa with an office in Fremont, California.