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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Rhett_Y, Jun 2, 2003.
I was wondering if anybody here buys wine online and if so where do you go?
It is mostly illegal to transport alcohol across state lines, due to tax & age issues.
That said, I believe there are agreements between some states that allow this sort of transportation.
My point is, even if you can find a place to buy wine online, there are likely to be only a handful of states that particular seller can ship to.
Try www.thewineclub.com and www.wine.com . I never buy online as there are too many great B&M wine merchants around here, including the Wine Club.
Thanks for the info...
Ryan is partially correct in that there are some states which have made it a felony to purchase mail-order alcohol. Kentucky comes immediately to mind and I believe Georgia is another. However, if you live in one of the reciprocal states, it's no problem. I've found that I've had the best luck dealing directly with the producers. Contact your favorites and ask to be put on their mailing list. You'll get first crack at new releases and generally favorable pricing.
Otherwise check here for a list of online merchants recommended by some serious wineauxs.
depends. if you want older or rare stuff, check out www.wine-searcher.com.
It's an awesome site - saves me a ton of cash.
I've purchased from wine.com and have had positive experience each time (last time was about a month ago...1 btl of '00 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port and 1 btl of '00 Graham's Vintage Port). Try the following codes for even better deals:
REG15% (The best discount, obviously at 15%)
At wine.com, they'll readily identify the states to which they'll ship their products. Here is a direct link:
Also, there is zachys.com, another reputable online dealer.
Yes, Certain states allow shipping of alcohol. Illinois is one of them . You can find out wineries from napa valley and they will ship you wine direct. Check out http://www.napavalley.com/
Certain wineries also have wine clubs and send out special reserve wines to club members. I'm partial to http://www.clospegase.com
Good luck and enjoy!
I just read the other day that my state (Virginia) will start allowing wine to be shipped directly to customers in other states starting July 1st. A prohibition-era law preventing such sales was just repealed.
Here's a story about it, if you're interested:
While we're on the subject of online wine buying:
My wife and I honeymooned at the Sandals Royal Caribbean resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica last year. While we were there, we had some really good (by our standards) wine. It was called Oakville Chateau Blanc, made in Jamaica. I know it's nothing fancy, but we've been trying to find it locally and having a hard time (go figure!). Anyone know of this wine, and if so, know of a source for it in the states?
Just curious, it would make a nice gift for her if I could find some.
I thought I read somewhere that Washington D.C. has a loophole and can have wine shipped to it from all 50 states with no problem. Apparently there's a wine bar there that will soon have wines from all 50 states.
Thanks for all the links mucho appreciated....................I live in california, and we have some great shops to buy wine, but I sometimes can't find what I am looking for at my local shops.....
Thanks again for all the links and info,,,,,,,,,
Another factor to consider when having wine shipped directly to your home is the weather. Direct shipping is not legal in Arizona, but if it was I would not be ordering any wine from May-September. Heat will kill wine, and having it sit out side on my porch all day in 105 degree heat will guarantee that it will be spoiled before I get home. Just something to think about before hitting the "submit order" button. TF