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How To Buy Wine Online Step 1: Make sure you’re in a state where you can receive wine shipments through the mail! For most states this is an all or nothing proposition, but there are a few states that will allow intrastate shipments but not shipments from other states, or even where the rules are different by region within a state. The Wine Institute has lots of helpful information here. Luckily the list of states that allow wine shipments continues to grow. With longtime holdout Pennsylvania now joining the revolution the count of states that allow at least some form of shipments (usually those direct from a winery but not necessarily retailers) is up to 44, covering about 90% of the U.S. population.

Online Wine Store

Looking For a Deal In this case, you’re not so much concerned with the varietal or the vintage, you’re just trying to score some great wine at a great price. If this is you then you’ll definitely want to check out the “flash” wine sites as well as wine clubs like Club W or NakedWines.com. (P.S. New sign-ups get discounts through these affiliate links!) It may take a bit of waiting to find the right deal, but these sites typically buy large amounts of a given wine at special pricing passing on at least a portion of that discount to you.

Online Wine Store

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Let’s face it, online shopping has become a huge part of our lives. And while buying from Amazon has become the norm, you may still be hesitant about shifting your wine buying online – after all, this is precious cargo we’re talking about here! But buying wine online doesn’t have to be intimidating. It can; however, take some work and has some caveats. Here are some tips and tricks that should help you begin the process painlessly.

Online Wine Store

Despite years of shopping for wine on the internet, I still can’t quite get used to the idea. Wine, after all, isn’t like a book or CD. Holding a bottle, inspecting its label—you just can’t replicate that experience inside a browser window. Yet I do most of my wine buying online. Why?

Online Wine Store

First, direct to consumer (DTC) wine shipments are a big deal. Shipments from wineries alone totaled $2 billion in sales in 2015. Add in sales from retailers that are shipped to customers and you’ve got a multiple billions of dollars of sales, growing at a much faster rate than sales made at brick & mortar wine stores. So how do you join in on this revolution?

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Best wines are the challenge. Some wines are severely allocated. Wines with high scores or those “collector items” vanish the day any press comes out. That said, you need to act fast whenever you taste or hear of something great. One of my favorite websites is www.wine-searcher.com . Here, you simply type in the desired wine, and just like Google it will show you where these bottles exist. It is free but I suggest you invest $29.00 for the pro-version and you will get a better selection from around the country—this is a “must-have” for any of you who want to get in on the wines that stun your guests.

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Beyond this, probably the best advice I can give to the “Know What You Want” group is simply to go direct to the winery when you can. While the opportunities to do this are limited, many wineries have member clubs that gain you special privileges. For example, wineries like Andrew Murray Vineyard or Bonny Doon Vineyard offer clubs that give deep discounts on wine as well as other perks like free shipping on some orders.

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Just back from China where I conducted a dozen programs in 5 different cities—fascinating! I met so many new, “under 40” millionaires who want to display their wealth by entertaining with wine and food. They like Bordeaux best because it is the most expensive, the color red in China is lucky and they understand it is good for one’s health. My observations of many drinking it with fish (out of shot glasses) indicated that there’s a lot of room for improvement (LOL). I will be returning to do some corporate entertainment at the 08 Olympics and I’ll see if they are chilling their reds yet.

For starters, the comparison shopping is unbeatable. With search engines like Wine-searcher.com and Google (which most retailers love), you no longer have to go to the Montrachet; the Montrachet will come to you. Cross-referencing the latest scores and top recommendations is blissfully easy, and especially pleasurable when you can do it at home in your bathrobe on a Saturday morning.

With the passing of new Georgia legislation we are delighted to offer a selection of our award-winning wines online. Currently we can only ship to Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee residents. Please note that inventory is subject to change and orders are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. At this time, we are unable to ship more than 12 bottles at one time. Orders are processed, packaged, and shipped directly from our full-production Winery. Each order requires a shipping time of 7-10 business days and a signature is required for delivery.

Certain things separate the top Web sites from the also-rans. Ease of use and good customer service matter, for a start; so does price. But ultimately, what really counts is selection. Maybe that’s why so many of the 10 terrific sites below are established retailers with online divisions: They have the best access to a wide range of wonderful wines.

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