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Cost Plus World Market Takes the Confusion Out of Wine Selection with the Launch of "Foodies," Its Latest Line of Wines from California

Initial launch to include Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakland, CA — January 23, 2008 — When it comes to choosing a wine to best complement a meal there are so many rules, including white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat. Now, experts say break the rules and pair any wine with any dish, which can confuse most people. At Cost Plus World Market, we’re in favor of the latter and choosing a wine to suit your tastes, but sometimes the classic food and wine pairings work best. World Market takes away the confusion and intimidation out of selecting a wine with the launch of its new line of wines aptly named “Foodies.”

Launching nationally in stores in early March 2008 and created just for food and wine enthusiasts of all levels, the line up includes California Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon and will retail for $7.99 per 750ml bottle (prices vary slightly by market.) The whimsical wine labels feature illustrations that make it clear to the consumer which wine pairs best with what meat. A rooster on the Chardonnay, a pig on the Merlot and a cow on the Cabernet Sauvignon?each label has a diagram of the different cuts of meat.

“We are excited about the newest member of our ‘wine family.’ Foodies was created to make food and wine pairing easy and affordable. It’s a great everyday choice for food lovers everywhere,” said Julie Joy, World Market’s Senior National Wine Buyer.

The 2006 Foodies Chardonnay has elegant fruit forward flavors with a crisp finish making it a perfect choice to pair with that legendary recipe for roast chicken and garlic smashed potatoes. The 2005 Foodies Merlot has balanced black fruit and ripe plum flavors with a dash of smoky spice ? we suggest trying it with a savory slow-cooked pork roast or barbeque ribs. The Foodies 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon has rich black fruits enhanced by subtle hints of plum and mint, an ideal partner to deliciously rich filet mignon.

Are you a foodie? Yes! Then grab a fork, pop a cork and enjoy Foodies wines with your favorite meal.

About Cost Plus World Market

Cost Plus World Market operates 299 stores in 34 states under the names “World Market” and “Cost Plus World Market.” The store features an ever-changing selection of casual home furnishings, housewares, gifts, jewelry, decorative accessories, over 500 international wines, gourmet foods and beverages offered at affordable prices and are imported from more than 50 countries. Many items are unique and exclusive to World Market regularly supplied by an international network of individual and regional artisans developed over the Company’s nearly 50 years in the import business. The majority of the store’s furniture is constructed of environmentally friendly, farm raised wood while a number of items are made out of recycled glass and yet countless are constructed of environmentally friendly bamboo. The value, breadth and continual refreshment of products invite customers to come back throughout a lifetime of changing home furnishings and entertaining needs. For more information, please visit

Jill Osaka
Cost Plus World Market
(510) 808-9319