Shlachter, Baker & Fuquay: Would you like an online discount with that Texas wine?

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Among the zillions of items found on Amazon.com, a basket of Texas wines was added April 11. According to the online merchant's spokesperson, "sales are good."

But before ordering, check local prices -- even with Amazon's current 20-percent-off special.

Brennan Vineyards 2011 Three White Chicks -- a blend of three white grapes from Comanche -- sells on Amazon for $10.40 with $9.99 in shipping charges. A 20 percent discount brings it down to $8.32. By comparison, Total Wine in Fort Worth sells it for $9.99. (The award-winning winery is owned by Dr. Pat Brennan, a Fort Worth nephrologist.)

The savings gap is wider for a higher-priced vintage. Becker Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon out of Fredericksburg is sold online for $40 ($32 with the sale discount) plus shipping. It's $23.99 at Total Wine.

And expect to pay Texas sales tax on Amazon orders. Since July, the online giant has been collecting taxes to end a hot dispute with Comptroller Susan Combs, who was demanding $269 million in back taxes from 2005 through 2009. To settle, Amazon agreed to create 2,500 jobs and invest $200 million in Texas over four years.

Other Texas wineries participating are Llano Estacado, McPherson Cellars of Lubbock and Messina Hof of College Station.

All ship directly from the winery to customers after receiving orders from Amazon, spokesperson Erik Fairleigh said. He declined to say if other Texas wineries were approached for the program, which includes 2,200 labels from 350 U.S. producers.

Harris Methodist, Presbyterian hospital foundations to merge

Arlington-based Texas Health Resources said that effective June 1 it will combine the foundations of the former Harris Methodist and Presbyterian hospital systems, which merged in 1997.

Texas Health Resources Foundation will be led by President Jay McAuley, who previously was president of the Presbyterian foundation. Its 18-member board of trustees will include members from both of the existing foundation boards.

The current Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation and Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation are not-for-profit organizations that "have raised funds that support clinical, educational and research programs across the Texas Health system," THR said in a news release. According to THR, the combined foundation will have assets of more than $210 million.

They didn't want to miss a thing

What Aerosmith song would you pick for American Airlines Chief Executive Tom Horton?

US Airways, which has agreed to merge with American, decided to pick Aerosmith songs for its executives at its media day Wednesday in Scottsdale.

For Chief Executive Doug Parker, who will lead the newly merged carrier, it was the Same Old Song and Dance while President Scott Kirby walked on stage to Dude Looks Like a Lady (Kirby has dressed up for Halloween as -- no, not Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler -- pop singer Katy Perry).

And while Horton was not at the media day, American's chief integration officer, Bev Goulet, gave a presentation on the merger plans with US Airways Chief Operating Officer Robert Isom. The duo's entrance music was Aerosmith's cover of Come Together.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727

sabaker@star-telegram.com

Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552

jfuquay@star-telegram.com

Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718

barry@star-telegram.com

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