eVineyard(R) Teams With McCormick & Schmick's Restaurants and St. Supery Winery for Nationwide Winemaker Dinners

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from eVineyard

    PORTLAND, Ore., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Wine lovers across the nation will
 have the opportunity to enjoy four-course meals paired with fine wines in a
 ten-city tour of winemaker dinners organized by eVineyard (www.evineyard.com).
 The online wine retailer has partnered with McCormick & Schmick's Seafood
 Restaurants and St. Supery Vineyards and Winery to launch the first eVineyard
 Winemaker Dinner Series, to be held from April through June 2001.
     "This is a great way for us to enhance our personal relationships with
 customers in many of our markets, while offering special events that will
 broaden their knowledge and enjoyment of wine," said Michael Osborn,
 eVineyard's vice president of sales and technology.  "McCormick & Schmick's,
 with its wide appeal and reputation for consistent high quality, is a perfect
 match for eVineyard's customer base -- as is St. Supery, a highly regarded
 Napa vintner esteemed for its wine education programs."
     McCormick & Schmick's will host the events at ten of its restaurants from
 coast to coast.  "We're very excited to be offering a winemaker dinner program
 in a broad selection of our restaurants," said Packy Longfellow, director of
 marketing for McCormick & Schmick's Management Group.  "Our diners will be
 delighted to participate in these entertaining evenings that will enhance
 their enjoyment of food and wine."
     St. Supery executive chef Sunny Cristadoro will work with the chef of each
 restaurant to enhance the meals' four courses with carefully paired wines.  At
 the dinners, she will offer insights into pairing food with wine, discussing
 the typical flavor combinations represented in the dishes and why they go well
 with each of the selected St. Supery wines.
     "St. Supery's sensibilities about marrying the best of cuisine and wine
 run deep," said Kathy Keltos, vice president of marketing for St. Supery.
 "Our chef works tirelessly to enhance diverse cuisine with the wines carefully
 crafted by our winemaker, Michael Scholz!"
     Following are the dates and locations of the first four eVineyard
 Winemaker Dinners:
 
     April 10, Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto, Berkeley, CA
     April 19, McCormick & Schmick's, Houston, TX
     May 7, McCormick & Schmick's, Irvine, CA
     May 8, McCormick & Schmick's, The Fish House, Beverly Hills, CA
 
     Additional winemaker dinners in May and June will be held in Portland,
 Seattle, Kansas City, Boston, Chicago and Reston, Virginia.  The dates will be
 announced soon at www.evineyard.com.
 
     About McCormick & Schmick's
     McCormick & Schmick's 33 seafood restaurants
 (www.mccormickandschmicks.com) feature over 40 varieties of fresh seafood and
 fish on daily-printed menus tailored to regional cuisines.  The restaurants
 are also renowned for their traditional yet lively environments and their
 full-service bars with high-quality liquors and wines and a broad selection of
 beers.
 
     About St. Supery
     St. Supery Vineyards & Winery (www.stsupery.com) is located in the heart
 of Napa Valley's premium wine district, Rutherford.  The winery is one of the
 largest estate holders and prides itself on producing award winning wines
 created with classic Bordeaux varietals, including Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon,
 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot for its single vineyard,
 Meritage and Napa Valley appellated wines.  The winery has earned a reputation
 as a leader in education in the industry with its unique Wine Discovery Center
 located on the property in Napa Valley.
 
     About eVineyard
     The fastest growing online wine retailer in the United States, eVineyard
 (www.evineyard.com) serves 50 states -- legally, serving wine buyers, in
 27 states and Japan and selling gifts and accessories in 23 more.  eVineyard
 offers a selection of over 5,000 domestic and imported premium wines and has
 exceptional features such as online education, promotions and loyalty
 programs, sweepstakes events and a wine club.
     With its ten current logistic centers, eVineyard sells premium. wines to
 each of the country's top 10 wine markets, reaching over 75% of the
 United States market for off-premise premium wine sales. eVineyard's recent
 acquisition of WineBuyer.com and its related technology have positioned the
 company for expansion in the B2B space.  The company expects to achieve
 profitability in 2001.
 
 

SOURCE eVineyard
    PORTLAND, Ore., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Wine lovers across the nation will
 have the opportunity to enjoy four-course meals paired with fine wines in a
 ten-city tour of winemaker dinners organized by eVineyard (www.evineyard.com).
 The online wine retailer has partnered with McCormick & Schmick's Seafood
 Restaurants and St. Supery Vineyards and Winery to launch the first eVineyard
 Winemaker Dinner Series, to be held from April through June 2001.
     "This is a great way for us to enhance our personal relationships with
 customers in many of our markets, while offering special events that will
 broaden their knowledge and enjoyment of wine," said Michael Osborn,
 eVineyard's vice president of sales and technology.  "McCormick & Schmick's,
 with its wide appeal and reputation for consistent high quality, is a perfect
 match for eVineyard's customer base -- as is St. Supery, a highly regarded
 Napa vintner esteemed for its wine education programs."
     McCormick & Schmick's will host the events at ten of its restaurants from
 coast to coast.  "We're very excited to be offering a winemaker dinner program
 in a broad selection of our restaurants," said Packy Longfellow, director of
 marketing for McCormick & Schmick's Management Group.  "Our diners will be
 delighted to participate in these entertaining evenings that will enhance
 their enjoyment of food and wine."
     St. Supery executive chef Sunny Cristadoro will work with the chef of each
 restaurant to enhance the meals' four courses with carefully paired wines.  At
 the dinners, she will offer insights into pairing food with wine, discussing
 the typical flavor combinations represented in the dishes and why they go well
 with each of the selected St. Supery wines.
     "St. Supery's sensibilities about marrying the best of cuisine and wine
 run deep," said Kathy Keltos, vice president of marketing for St. Supery.
 "Our chef works tirelessly to enhance diverse cuisine with the wines carefully
 crafted by our winemaker, Michael Scholz!"
     Following are the dates and locations of the first four eVineyard
 Winemaker Dinners:
 
     April 10, Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto, Berkeley, CA
     April 19, McCormick & Schmick's, Houston, TX
     May 7, McCormick & Schmick's, Irvine, CA
     May 8, McCormick & Schmick's, The Fish House, Beverly Hills, CA
 
     Additional winemaker dinners in May and June will be held in Portland,
 Seattle, Kansas City, Boston, Chicago and Reston, Virginia.  The dates will be
 announced soon at www.evineyard.com.
 
     About McCormick & Schmick's
     McCormick & Schmick's 33 seafood restaurants
 (www.mccormickandschmicks.com) feature over 40 varieties of fresh seafood and
 fish on daily-printed menus tailored to regional cuisines.  The restaurants
 are also renowned for their traditional yet lively environments and their
 full-service bars with high-quality liquors and wines and a broad selection of
 beers.
 
     About St. Supery
     St. Supery Vineyards & Winery (www.stsupery.com) is located in the heart
 of Napa Valley's premium wine district, Rutherford.  The winery is one of the
 largest estate holders and prides itself on producing award winning wines
 created with classic Bordeaux varietals, including Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon,
 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot for its single vineyard,
 Meritage and Napa Valley appellated wines.  The winery has earned a reputation
 as a leader in education in the industry with its unique Wine Discovery Center
 located on the property in Napa Valley.
 
     About eVineyard
     The fastest growing online wine retailer in the United States, eVineyard
 (www.evineyard.com) serves 50 states -- legally, serving wine buyers, in
 27 states and Japan and selling gifts and accessories in 23 more.  eVineyard
 offers a selection of over 5,000 domestic and imported premium wines and has
 exceptional features such as online education, promotions and loyalty
 programs, sweepstakes events and a wine club.
     With its ten current logistic centers, eVineyard sells premium. wines to
 each of the country's top 10 wine markets, reaching over 75% of the
 United States market for off-premise premium wine sales. eVineyard's recent
 acquisition of WineBuyer.com and its related technology have positioned the
 company for expansion in the B2B space.  The company expects to achieve
 profitability in 2001.
 
 SOURCE  eVineyard