Many wine lovers who travel to one of the various wine regions around the country (and world!) don't anticipate what the cost and hassle is with regards to getting their wine home safely, and economically.
There are several companies that specialize in wine shipping, given the extreme level of rules and regulations surrounding shipping alcohol across state lines. What few realize, however, is the true cost of shipping a case of wine. It can be quite eye-opening!
We've compiled a price list, taking prices from both companies that require you to deliver the wine to them, they will pack and ship it, and more 'full service' shipping companies, who will pick up your wine at your hotel or rental home and ship for you. The prices listed below are based on the industry average weight of 42 pounds per box (12 bottles, plus box - standard weight of a case of wine), shipping from Napa/Sonoma, CA
12 Bottles: (Ground shipping)
Zones 1-3 (nearby, bordering states): $55 - 75 per case
Zones 4-7 (outside bordering states): $85 - $114 per case
12 Bottles: (3-Day Shipping)
Zones 1-3 (nearby, bordering states): $128 - $130 per case
Zones 4-7 (outside bordering states): $169 - $217 per case
12 Bottles: (Next Day Air)
Zones 1-3 (nearby, bordering states): $255 - $263 per case
Zones 4-7 (outside bordering states): $281 - $319 per case
The Wine Check was created to replace shipping, providing a true value, particularly when considering that a Wine Check is about the cost of shipping ONE case of wine, ONE time, yet it can be used over and over again, year after year after year! Remember also that as expensive as Next Day Air can be for one case of wine, when you use a Wine Check, your wine is only in transit for a few HOURS! :) Several states don't allow wine to be shipped in, and many states are unsafe as shipping destinations during extreme temperatures.
Make the safe, value choice. Buy a Wine Check!