|IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT: |
You can contact any California winery directly and make arrangements to purchase whatever
wine they have available. California residents, can purchase wine directly from any
California winery, when shipped, it still must be received and signed for by an individual over the
age of 21. The winery is responsible for the shipment of the wine to the purchaser and the
purchaser is required to have the delivery signed for by an individual who is at least 21
years of age, and who can document their age, if asked, at the time of delivery.
IF YOU RESIDE OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA:
Current regulations only allow direct purchases by buyers outside of California from a
limited number of States. Individual purchasers in the States shown below can order wine
directly from California wineries. These States are called Reciprocal States
and Limited Shipment States.
This means that these States have an agreement with California regarding the purchase and
sale of wines from their State to and from California. It is likely that there will be
an increase in the number of reciprocal States in the future.
Due to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision (May 16, 2005) regarding the
illegality of prohibiting the interstate shipment of wine, individual State
legislatures are reviewing the decision and will determine the form and timing
of their legislative action to achieve compliance with it.
Permits are required in a number of States, and quantities
are limited in many States.
For a detailed list State by State with all of the current
limits and permit requirements go to the following Wine Institute internet page:
Substantial Federal and/or State penalties are
prescribed for both parties should a minor actually sign for and receive wine directly
from a shipper. Some wineries insist that their shipments be made to business addresses to
preclude this from happening.
We consider the finest, current and accurate
reference regarding the purchase and shipping of wines in these reciprocal
States to be the Wine Law section of the Wine Institute in San Francisco, California. For
any and all questions you may have we refer you to the Wine Institute.
IF YOU ARE NOT
LOCATED IN A "RECIPROCAL" STATE:
and you have found a California wine that you really enjoy but dont know how to
obtain it, here are our recommendations.
- First, phone the winery or Email or FAX them if you can, and
ask them if they have a wine Distributor in your State. If they do, contact the
Distributor and ask them if they have a local retailer in your immediate area that they
- If they are able to refer you to one.your next step would be
to go to that retailer and see if they will agree to try to place an order for you for
that wine, telling them that you were referred by the Distributor that you contacted. It
is unlikely if they would accept a request for an order of less than one case of wine.
- Then, leave a contact number for them to call you with a price
and a delivery date. If they do have an acceptable price and delivery date, then you are
in luck and you can order directly from them.
But, if you do contact the winery and they do not have a
Distributor in your State, then your only option is to go to a large wine retail store and
see if they will attempt to place an order for the wine that you want with their
I wish that we could give you a more direct or easier way to
accomplish ordering a California wine from other than a reciprocal state, but
at the present time, with the current regulations and laws in effect, there is no other
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