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New Version: Wine.com Raises $9 Million In Series D
Serial Entrepreneur And Investor Chris Kitze Leads Round; Company Expects Sustainable Profitability In Four Quarters

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (ots) - Wine.com, formerly eVineyard, Inc., has raised $9 million in the first close of its Series D financing, with an option to raise another $1 million before the round's second close in 60 days. This brings the total amount raised by the company to $39.8 million (not including the $200 million raised by the original wine.com, whose brand name and customers were acquired by eVineyard in 2001). The round was led by serial entrepreneur Chris Kitze, founder of Yaga, NBCi, Xoom.com and Point Communications (now Terra Lycos), and included new investors RoJaSi Venture Group and individual investors. Following the second close, Kitze will become chairman of Wine.com. This round is anticipated to be the last funding needed before the company turns profitable on an ongoing basis, said Peter Ekman, who joined the company as CEO in March 2002. Ekman, a veteran wine industry executive who most recently ran the worldwide wine and spirits business for LVMH's Duty Free Shops division, recently presided over Wine.com's move from Portland, OR, to its current San Francisco headquarters. "The new Wine.com is the sole survivor of the once-large crowd of online wine retailers tilting their swords at brick-and-mortar distributors," said Ekman. "Rather than fighting it, Wine.com supports the three-tier distribution system that dominates the national wine & spirits industry. As such, we have an excellent relationship with our wholesalers through out the nation - which has contributed significantly to our dominant position." Wine.com currently has 30 employees, which Ekman describes as a "mean and lean" operation. "It's amazing what you can accomplish when you have everyone in the company focused on their direct contribution to superior online wine retailing." With the appointment of Swedish native and international retailer Peter Ekman as CEO, Wine.com has changed both its management team and its focus. Ekman brings years of experience from global companies such as Procter & Gamble and LVMH and is instilling the global nature of successful retail operations into the Wine.com business model. Wine.com is actively looking for retail and distribution partners worldwide. Wine.com plans to roll out operations via such partnerships in leading countries throughout Europe, Asia and Oceania. For international retail and distribution partnerships, please contact Ekman at pekman@wine.com. About Wine.com Wine.com, formerly eVineyard, is the nation's leading online wine retailer. The Company sells premium wine in 27 states, reaching more than 75 percent of the US wine-consuming population, and sells wine gifts and accessories in all states. As the nation's only significant national wine retailer doing business exclusively via the Internet, wine.com offers an unparalleled selection of more than 5,000 domestic and imported premium wines and offers innovative promotions, loyalty programs, sweepstakes events and wine clubs. For more information on how to join wine.com or purchase wines, please contact wine.com customer service at +1/877/289'68'86, customercare@wine.com. For wine trade inquiries, please contact John Hingley at jhingley@wine.com. The company's headquarters are at 114 Sansome St. 6th Fl., San Francisco, CA 94104. ots Originaltext: Wine.com Internet: www.newsaktuell.ch Contact: Xenia von Wedel The Terpin Group Phone +1/650/344'49'44 ext. 104 mailto: xvonwedel@terpin.com

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