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Experience: Oset Babür-Winter has completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust's (WSET) Level 3 Award in wines and was previously the magazine's associate culture editor, where she edited Obsessions.

Shipping: $15 for 2 or 6 bottles (cross-country UPS ground). Many shipping options.Location: MarylandSummary: This site is geared toward value-seeking, bold red wine drinkers offering a large selection from California, Washington and Bordeaux. Since the selection is designed for low prices, it does have a large number of average-to-low quality wines which requires savvy shopping to buy wine online. Still, Total Wine is the only online wine store that ships to all 50 states! The site user experience does feel a bit clunky with slow page loads but checkout is easy.

Location: New YorkSummary: High end Italian wines offered at moderately fair values. Wine selection is small but is clearly curated by people who care and who are in-the-know. The user experience is not fun, because of difficultly finding and sorting wines.

Local retailers are amazing, but we can see how brick-and-mortar stores are drying up in place of online marketplaces. This is happening with wine too. As long as the US can sort out wine shipping. Fortunately, the more we buy wine online (and are picky about quality and value), the more local retailers will move to the digital space.

Whether you're hosting a holiday gathering or having a quiet night in, the only thing better than a perfect bottle of wine is not having to leave the house to get it. Online options require minimal energy but deliver on all the perks. Just remember to read the fine print and plan on having someone 21 or older sign for the package.

If you're looking for an ongoing delivery service, check out our guide to the best wine subscriptions. Otherwise, you'll find a list below of the best places that will deliver wine straight to your door. is like a "Shark Tank" for independent wines, and it has an "Angel" membership program that crowd-funds independent wine labels across the globe. Angel members get up to 60% off listed prices, among other perks, for depositing $40 a month into a wine "bank account" they can use whenever they want. also gives out $100 vouchers often. You can get one by taking a 30-second quiz on the site.

Note: was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order.

The company has a luxury collection, limited edition bottles, and top trending gifts to skim through. It also offers high-end gift packaging and custom engraving, perfect for those looking to gift a really good bottle of liquor with a personalized message. High-brow options aside, ReserveBar also has plenty of wine for less than $50.

All shipments must be signed for by a 21-year-old adult. Products have a "ship to" section that shows which states allow delivery of that particular liquor or wine. Select cities can use ReserveBar Express and get fine spirits and Champagne delivered to their door the same day. boasts the world's largest online wine selection, plus the convenience of home delivery or pick-up from convenient local stores (like Walgreens) that may be open late or on weekends. It's a good place to find old favorites, discover new wines, and shop collectible and boutique wines. As an additional perk, sells gift baskets, glassware, and other wine accessories.

All shipments must be signed for by an adult over 21 years old, and packages can't be left on your doorstep or delivered to a PO box. Fees may apply if your wine returns to the company as undeliverable. If you work during the day, it's smart to send your box to a convenient local pick-up location or your business address to ensure delivery.

Vinebox immediately stands out for its unique vials of wine, which give individual pours but still maintain the full flavor and mouthfeel of the wine. Every three months, Vinebox sends you a box of nine of these "glasses." They contain seasonal varieties, wines you should be drinking right now, and other fun picks. Each quarter, you'll also receive up to $30 in credits to buy the full-size versions.

According to Dry Farm, the government approves of the use of 76 additives, and since wine bottles are not required to have contents labels, you don't get the full picture of what you're drinking. The company imports all of its natural wines from small family farmers around the world, but mostly from Europe.

Shipping: All ground shipping is free, while expedited shipping has a small fee. Dry Farm Wines only ships to the US, but it offers helpful advice for finding natural wines if you're located elsewhere.

California-based winery Winc, which sommelier Brian Smith co-founded, uses an online Palate Profile, along with your own ratings, to recommend and ship wines tailored to your tastes as a subscription. Or, you can buy bottles a la carte.

The wines, which come from winemakers all over the world as well as Winc's own vineyard, start at $13 a bottle. There's no fee or commitment to join, and you can skip a month's shipment any time you want.

When you first sign up for Firstleaf, you'll get six bottles of wine for just $40. Afterward, you'll be automatically subscribed to get another six bottles for $90. Firstleaf prides itself on its custom algorithm that predicts which one of its many award-winning wine options you'll like, and if you don't like a bottle, you'll get a refund. Outside of the subscription, you can also buy individual bottles from its store.

FreshDirect is one of the best grocery delivery services in New York City. It has a limited delivery scope, but it carries pretty much everything (including beer, wine, and liquor) that you'd pick up at your local store. Like a regular store, it also runs weekly deals.

Like ReserveBar, Drizly offers other kinds of alcohol in addition to wine. Best of all, it delivers the exact wine you need in under an hour, and it doesn't mark up prices. Most of its 3,000+ wine offerings are affordable (less than $20) and nearly half of its stock is red wine.

You can get six bottles for under $9 per bottle (plus free shipping), but it's worth noting that those deals are part of the Macy's wine club. Unless you cancel, you'll receive a new case every three months, and you'll be charged for it. However, there's no obligation to continue, and you'll get an email reminder before you're charged.

This company started out distributing single-serve wine bottles in hotels. In early 2020, however, when travel slowed and hotel business struggled, In Good Taste found a new way to distribute its exquisitely labeled custom wines: direct to consumer. Bottles are high-quality and nicely designed to be reused as décor. Try a flight or gift an advent calendar.

Started as a wine club focusing on organic and biodynamic wines from around the world, Plonk also has a retail arm. Most bottles are priced reasonably, around $25, so build yourself a case or buy a preselected one, like a dinner party six-pack or a six-bottle collection of Italian wine. Feeling adventurous Try a mystery pack, with the assurance that there are no bad apples in this shop.

While online wine sales are growing at a fast rate, it may surprise you to learn that they represent only a very small percentage of overall wine sold. There are some nuances to shipping wine that help contribute to that. It's important to familiarize yourself with the potential challenges of buying wine online and then pick one of the best online wine retailers to start ordering.

The first thing to know is that some states do not qualify for wine delivery. After the repeal of Prohibition, each state was left to create its own system of alcohol regulations. As a result, some states do not allow out-of-state wineries to ship directly to consumers.

If your intended address qualifies for wine shipments, there are still a couple other challenges to consider. Because it's alcohol, a signature of someone 21 and over is required. If you work during the day and have your wine shipped to your residence, you'll need someone of age there to sign and accept it.

Hot temperatures are the death of fine wines, as they can turn to vinegar if left on a delivery truck or outside too long. If you belong to wine clubs, you probably already know this as many clubs won't ship during the summer months just to avoid the risk.

Sometimes retailers don't necessarily stock all the wines they list for sale; they wait for orders and get the bottles from the fulfillment houses. This can create delays, or finding out the wine you want is not actually available. By picking one of the best online wine retailers, this issue of phantom inventory is far less of a risk.

K&L Wines is another wine retailer that boasts a pretty impressive history with accolades from many top wine publications, including Wine Enthusiast. Eddie Osterland, Master Sommelier, also recommends K&L Wines as one of the best websites to buy wine -- one he personally uses to make his own wine purchases. The family-owned business was founded in Northern California back in 1976 and has stores in San Francisco, Redwood City, and Hollywood.

Last Bottle is not your average online wine retailer. Located in Napa Valley, the guys behind Last Bottle are fine wine purveyors and, get this, they offer only one wine per day. The wines are high-end and offered at a huge discount, sometimes up to 70% off. Food & Wine Magazine counts them among the ten best online wine shops.

Bottlerocket is one of the most interesting online wine shops around. The founder, Tom Geniesse, created a unique browsing structure after he became frustrated with how traditional wine shops organized inventory. When you open the Bottlerocket homepage, you're greeted with options like Poultry, Green, or Take-Out. Geniesse's wines are organized by what foods they pair with. Looking only for biodynamic/organic wines Click the "Green" category. Grabbing pizza or Chinese take-out There are recommended wines for those foods as well! With such an innovative approach to wine shopping, it's no surprise that Food & Wine Magazine named Bottlerocket one of the best online wine shops. 59ce067264


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