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Amazon Now Selling Wine to Customers in 12 States

By - Source: Reuters | B 16 comments

Second time's a charm for etail giant.

The world's largest online shopping site is adding wine to its virtual shelves for people in several states in the USA. According to Reuters, Amazon is now selling to residents of 12 states in the United States. Customers can choose from more than 1,000 different wines from wineries such as Francis Ford Coppola, Pepper Bridge and Roadhouse.

This isn't the first time Amazon has tried to crack the wine market. Previous efforts were stalled several years ago. Back in 2009, Seattlepi cites one winery as saying Amazon found the regulatory hurdles associated with selling wine just too much. At the time, Amazon confirmed reports that it would not enter the wine market but refused to elaborate on its change of heart.

Reuters reports that people can purchase up to six bottles of wine at a time for a shipping fee of $9.99. If you live in California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, or the District of Columbia, Amazon's wine store is open to you. The company is going to face stiff competition, though. Wine.com just this week launched a marketplace that ships to 20 states and includes wine from international wineries, including Italy and Australia. The new marketplace is aimed at delivering wines from smaller independent wineries that don't have wholesale representation.

"Over the past 14 years, we’ve developed relationships with thousands of wineries of all sizes, all around the world," said Rich Bergsund, CEO of Wine.com. "Often, these wineries lack partners to help sell and distribute their vintages. While our core business will continue to buy from wholesalers, the new Wine.com Marketplace will also help other wineries or wines find happy customers."

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    dameon51 , November 9, 2012 12:58 PM
    I wasn't sure if they were walking about the linux windows system calls, or the drink...
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    xpeh , November 9, 2012 1:07 PM
    But is this really tech news?
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    cats_Paw , November 9, 2012 1:13 PM
    I am sorry for being stupid and reposting spam.

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    amdwilliam1985 , November 9, 2012 1:16 PM
    Where is New York and New Jersey.
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    fazers_on_stun , November 9, 2012 1:20 PM
    Glug-glug... BELCH!!

    Agree that this doesn't qualify as tech news, unless Tom's is full of winos :p ..
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    mrmaia , November 9, 2012 1:35 PM
    xpehBut is this really tech news?


    No, but as long as it's not another cheap Apple advertising it's fine.
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    arnoldlouie , November 9, 2012 1:35 PM
    this wine is used for overclocking
  • 4 Hide
    aracheb , November 9, 2012 2:00 PM
    arnoldlouiethis wine is used for overclocking

    yup
    maybe overclocking your brain and heart.!! lol
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    squirrelonfire , November 9, 2012 2:59 PM
    Please sell James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles 2007 online. I don't want to fly to CA just to buy this. And why hasn't this legal already?
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    squirrelonfire , November 9, 2012 3:00 PM
    Cats_PawGrammaer learn yoda please .

    Amazon is a tech company.
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    g00fysmiley , November 9, 2012 3:06 PM
    if it decent wine, a good price and if they ship free for amazonprime mebers.. or the shipping plus wine is cheaper than buying wine locally then they will probably get my buisness (most the places that sell wine here are big stores like publix walmart or target.. there are local liquir stores to but most the people who work there seem like douche's so i don't want to patronize them, i shop local when possible but when i don't liek the local vendor i'll go online )
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    lp231 , November 9, 2012 3:48 PM
    I can see half drank bottles being returned for RMA.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 9, 2012 6:01 PM
    xpehBut is this really tech news?

    Who cares! I can now buy wine online from Amazon. :D 
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    nuvon , November 9, 2012 6:47 PM
    Hope they will sell car soon, at a much cheaper price off course...
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    abbadon_34 , November 9, 2012 10:41 PM
    Wake me when they start selling scotch
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    azxcvbnm321 , November 10, 2012 4:23 AM
    This will only be useful for wines not commonly available or found in your local supermarket. Otherwise save the shipping $$$, not to mention the damage from heat, etc. from shipping.
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