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Date: Tuesday, September 15, 1998

Early Access To Hot Wines Sparks Major Wine Spectator Online Redesign

Not only has the site been redesigned with a vibrant new color palette, punchier graphics and easier navigation, but Wine Spectator Online will also be offering wine lovers highly sought-after advance information about some of the hottest wines set to be reviewed in the magazine's next issue.

http://www.winespectator.comWine Spectator <http://www.winespectator.com> rates wines on a 100-point scale, and it's been said that a high score from Wine Spectator magazine results in a wine flying off retailers' shelves. Readers of the magazine eagerly await the arrival of each issue for new wine ratings. Now, registered web users will have the unique opportunity to learn about some of the new hot wines a week before the magazine is published. And, these users will also receive an email alerting them whenever more hot wines are posted, all at no charge.

In addition to the graphic and navigational enhancements and the new hot wines feature, Wine Spectator's Web site has heightened its emphasis on news as well as added an information-packed interactive food and wine matching database. This new feature allows users to select a wine and receive suggested food matches, or choose a food and get suggested wine matches.

Wine Spectator Online will continue to offer the world's most comprehensive database of wine reviews and ratings, articles from back issues of the magazine, information on wine retailers and restaurants with fine wine lists, the ability to catalogue one's wine cellar or create a personalized wine shopping list, and many other appealing lifestyle features.

Wine Spectator Online is part of M. Shanken Communications, Inc. which also offers web users Cigar Aficionado Online (http://www.cigaraficionado.com).


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