Monday, April 12, 2010

We Are LIVE!

With the number of people I need to thank I feel like I need to give an Oscar speech. It has been a crazy last 3 months and an even crazier last three days. As you may know, the Cru Wine Online division of Cru Wine Specialists has received a lot of local attention over the past week.

It all started when we moved in to our new location in downtown St. Cloud last month. Ms. Downtown herself Pegg A.K. Gustafson came over to welcome us to the neighborhood. She asked what we were all about and if she could put our new location in her weekly email.

The email got in the hands of a KNSI reporter, Cassie Hart. She called and began asking questions about our new business venture. She then aired a news feature about Cru on KNSI 1450. Within 15 minutes of the KNSI interview being aired WJON called. They wanted to know more. From that we received a call from UTVS, to which they did a 2 minute feature on our new addition. Later that day the St. Cloud Times called and wanted to know what all the fuss is about.

This is all fine and dandy, I mean, don't get me wrong, I love publicity, but we were not exactly ready yet. The launch of our site was to be the first week of May, not April. However, after countless hours and hard work by our Chief IT Director J.C. Turner and his mad scientist web developer Mark Monn over the weekend we were able to get our public site up and running. I am not exaggerating when I say that J.C. has logged over 50 hours in the last 3 days. If there were an Olympics for Information Technology J.C. Turner would have won the gold.

You can check out our new and improved website at While the full launch of our membership page will not be ready until May, we encourage you to check out the public site and pass it along to anyone you know who may be interested in having fun and learning about wine. The site is loaded with videos to explain exactly what our new adventure entails. In addition we have posted a sample of an online tasting as well as an example of a Cru radio podcast. I will keep you up to date with any changes, postings, or additions made.

This is the most excited and nervous I have ever been. Thank you again to everyone for your continued support, because without you, we would have to drink alone!

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