Few things are more complicated than getting alcohol delivered to your door in the United States. The reasons why are outside of your control, but there is a workaround for ALMOST everywhere, and we’ve got all of the advice you need to get your booze fix sent to your home.
In this article: Who can deliver wine? · Where can I get wine delivered? · How can I make delivery more convenient? · Get wine delivered
Alcohol delivery — whether it’s beer, wine, or spirits — is a highly regulated activity. Our governments, Federal, State and local, have a huge say in who can and who can’t deliver booze directly to consumers. They even have different rules for different types of alcohol… just be glad it’s not YOUR job to know all this stuff.
All of this control is executed through a combination of something now called the three-tier system and a series of laws governing who can be licensed to buy or deliver alcohol.
The three-tier system consists of three groups: Producers (wineries, breweries, and distilleries), Distributors/Wholesalers, and Retailers (stores, bars, and restaurants). Each group has their own set of restrictions, but as a consumer, you’ll only ever buy alcohol from Producers and Retailers. Both Producers and Retailers can hire delivery services to get the goods to your door.
Delivery services range from the big shipping companies like UPS and FedEx, to smaller local carriers, and even same-day on-demand delivery companies like Postmates and Amazon Prime. There are some particulars to know about each of these types of delivery companies.
Fortunately, most of the time you can have alcohol delivered by a Producer or Retailer (wine shops and local liquor stores) in the state you live in. So, if you live in New York, you can get easily get alcohol from any New York wine retailer or winery. This should cover most of your needs, most of the time.
As I mentioned earlier, Producers include Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries. Laws governing Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) shipments have been loosening up immensely in the last decade — yay for consumers! This is largely in part of efforts by the non-profit FreetheGrapes.org who lobbies our government to modernize alcohol delivery legislation.
If you’re buying from a Producer, particularly a winery, delivery is pretty easy. Shipments from wineries to consumers are allowed in all states EXCEPT: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and Utah. If you live in Ohio, Louisiana, or New Jersey you may be limited to how much wine you can get delivered. For full details, see Free the Grape's interactive delivery map.
If you’re looking for something in particular and you can’t find it in your state, you’ll need to broaden your search to other states. This is when things start to get trickier.
We consulted Wine Spectator to get the latest info on getting wine sent to you by an out-of-state Retailer. We’ll break it down this way: If you live in Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Oregon, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, or Wyoming you can easily get booze delivered from anywhere in the country.
California, Idaho, New Mexico, and Wyoming let you order directly from wine stores in states with “reciprocal” privileges. This means these states will accept shipments from any state which also allows out-of-state retailer shipments. Seems reasonable, they play nice with other states who play nice.
If you live in any of the other 34 states, things can get complicated in a hurry. I cross-referenced three different sites who are all authorities on this subject: Free the Grapes, The Wine Institute, and The Wine Spectator. They all provided different information. Ultimately it is up to each Producer or Retailer to decide where they’ll ship wine and you’ll have to double-check with them before you purchase.
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Amusing Anecdote Part I. I tried to order wine from Wine.com to have it shipped to my brother-in-law in Michigan. I picked out all of the wine I was interested in and added it to my cart. When I changed my shipping state from California (where I live a wine-privileged life) to Michigan I couldn’t order ANY of the wines I’d picked out.
Ultimately I was able to get the wine to Michigan by shipping them to Illinois and driving them to Michigan myself. I used a wine delivery method I’ll explain later in this article.
UPS and FedEx are called “common carrier services.” These companies ship wine to and from most destinations in the United States. Whether the packages are picked up at wineries, logistics companies, warehouses, or retail outlets, their reach is immense. They also offer perks (see the Make Delivery More Convenient section below).
Local carriers are sometimes employed within a state, like GSO (Golden State Overnight) in California. These companies often have special wine delivery services that keep your grapey friends in tip-top condition during transit.
Fun fact: USPS does not allow the shipment of alcohol of any kind.
Can you buy a bottle of wine and send it yourself? Unfortunately no. It is not legal for anyone other than a licensed Producer or Retailer to send wine via UPS or FedEx. USPS completely prohibits all alcohol sales. Full stop.
As was discussed at length earlier, getting wine delivered to your door can be tricky. Here’s a breakdown of places where it’s super easy to get wine delivered and where you just can’t get it delivered. If your address is not on either list, consider checking our full database of wine delivery services and locations.
If the retailer is located in your state, it should be easy to get your wine delivered no matter what state you live in.
If the retailer is not located in your state, and you live in one of the following states, you also shouldn’t have any issues receiving wine:
Not on this list? For you, it’s complicated. Shop wine clubs by delivery state. Shop wine gifts by delivery state.
Some places just don’t want alcohol to be accessible. These places are pretty much locked down with “dry” counties and even zip codes. Dry refers to “no alcohol.” If you want to send someone, or yourself, wine in these areas, you’ll find the only means of doing so are illegal.
Completely dry counties are scattered throughout the following states:
There are “moist” counties, too. These are counties which prohibit alcohol sales, but contain cities who allow it or where purchase is prohibited but possession is not. States with moist counties include:
Wineries absolutely cannot ship to:
One of the biggest perceived drawbacks of getting wine delivered is the cost and inconvenience of delivery itself. While shipping wine can be expensive (it isn’t always) — delivery from local liquor stores, wine shops, and even grocery stores is easy with same-day delivery services. These services typically cost $5-15 per delivery, but sometimes there are coupons for free delivery.
If you can’t find delivery locally, you can always have it shipped to you via FedEx, UPS, or a local carrier. Here’s how to make it easier and cheaper.
We go into great detail about the cost of shipping wine elsewhere, so this is just a summary.
Wine delivery is expensive, at least in part, because wine bottles are heavy and bulky. FedEx and UPS capitalize on delivery costs by figuring out if your packages are heavier or bulkier, and then charge your wine store for whichever one is more expensive. Nice, huh?
The most economical way to ship wine is in 12-bottle cases. Whether you’re buying a single shipment of wine from an online wine store or you’re joining a wine club, the economics of shipping are the same. For wine club deliveries, if you don’t drink 12-bottles a month, get them sent less often (we recommend quarterly wine clubs).
If your wine store or wine club offers free shipping, hooray! Not surprisingly, even if you’re not expressly paying for shipping, your wine store is. This means you’re possibly paying more per bottle in exchange for “free” shipping. Some stores would rather charge you a fair price for your wine and pass the shipping cost (either entirely or subsidized) onto you to avoid the appearance of overpricing their bottles.
Another shipping cost you can’t avoid? The Adult Signature Required fee. Again, some stores and wine clubs eat this fee as a cost of doing business, but others pass it along to you. It’s typically $3-5.
Three ways to save on shipping wine:
Nobody likes to wait around for package delivery, but since wine requires an Adult Signature things can get a little inconvenient. Fortunately, UPS and FedEx make managing your deliveries significantly less inconvenient.
FedEx Delivery Manager
If your wine store or wine club uses FedEx, you’ve got the best available options. First, they offer FedEx Delivery Manager. This is a free service available via their website and app.
With this service, FedEx notifies you of upcoming shipments and lets you either hold shipment until you’ll be around or redirect shipment to a local store. This program is called FedEx OnSite and the local stores include one of roughly 2,000 FedEx Office locations and a selection of other approved package pick-up locations like Walgreens, Duane Reade, Albertsons, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Jewel-Osco, Randalls, Shaws, Star Market, Vons, and Safeway. Holding shipments and redirecting shipments to stores is FREE with FedEx.
Some wine stores even have FedEx integrated so you choose one of the approved package pick-up locations when you order — no extra work required. We’ve seen this delivery option offered by WineInsiders, Martha Stewart Wine, and Wine.com. This is the maximum convenience you can get for wine delivery if you can’t get it delivered to your workplace.
Amusing Anecdote Part II. This is how I got around my shipping to Michigan problem. The wines I wanted were available to ship to Illinois where I’d be visiting before I headed to Michigan. We were staying at a vacation rental, so there wasn’t a destination I could send the wine. However Wine.com offers FedEx OnSite, so I was able to send the wine to a Walgreens a few blocks from where we were staying and pick it up there. I was in and out in 5 minutes. I did have to provide an Illinois address to justify shipping it to that Walgreens, but there was no verification of any kind at pickup.
The delivery manager service and app for UPS is called MyChoice. We’re less enamored with UPS’ implementation than FedEx, mostly because they charge us for services FedEx offers for free.
Wine shipments that are redirected must be sent to a UPS Distribution Warehouse if you don’t want to pay. These aren’t located everywhere and can be inconvenient (our closest one is 40 minutes away). If you want to reschedule a delivery or have a package redirected elsewhere, it costs $5 per package.
If shipping wine across the country isn’t your idea of supporting your local economy, you can try same-day delivery services that offer on-demand booze, sometimes in as little as 30 minutes. The most common of these on-demand services are:
Get a full list of same-day wine delivery in your area here
Want booze now? You can try same-day delivery services that offer on-demand wine, beer, and hard alcohol. You could be living it up in as few as 30 minutes from when you order.
Some important things to know:
|Delivery to||Same-day delivery services|
|Alabama||No same-day wine delivery in Alabama |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to AL and wine gifts that ship to AL
|Alaska||No same-day wine delivery in Alaska |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to AK and wine gifts that ship to AK
|Arizona||Limited same-day wine delivery in Arizona, see below.|
Not in a delivery zone? Here are some wine subscriptions that ship to AZ
|Phoenix, AZ||Drizly, MiniBar, and Total Wine|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Peoria, Prescott, and Tempe|
Total Wine delivers in Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Tucson
|Arkansas||No same-day wine delivery in Arkansas |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to AK and wine gifts that ship to AK
|California||Drizly, Instacart, and Postmates offer same-day wine delivery in California|
|Berkeley, CA||Drizly, Instacart, Postmates, and Saucey|
|Los Angeles, CA||Amazon Prime Now, Drizly, Instacart, MiniBar, Postmates, Saucey, and Swill|
|Oakland, CA||Drizly, Instacart, MiniBar, Postmates, and Saucey|
|San Diego, CA||Drizly, Instacart, MiniBar, Postmates, Saucey, and Swill|
|San Francisco, CA||Drizly, Instacart, MiniBar, Postmates, and Saucey|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in most cities and towns in California. Please check here.|
MiniBar delivers in Silicon Valley
Postmates delivers in Orange County, Sacramento, Long Beach, and Palm Springs
Total Wine delivers in Brea, Daly City, Elk Grove, Folsom, Fremont, Fresno, Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Long Beach, Mountain View, Northridge, Palm Desert, Pasadena, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, Rancho Cucamonga, Roseville, Sacramento, San Jose, San Mateo, San Ramon, Temecula, Thousand Oaks, Tustin, and Woodland Hills
Saucey delivers in Fresno, Orange County, Sacramento, San Jose, SF East Bay, and Silicon Valley
|Colorado||Limited same-day wine delivery in Colorado, see below.|
Not in a delivery zone? Here are some wine subscriptions that ship to CO
|Denver, CO||Drizly, MiniBar, and Total Wine|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Arvada, Boulder, Broomfield, Castle Rock, Centennial, Colorado Springs, Englewood, Fort Coolins, Golden, Grand Junction, Greeley, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Johnstown, Lakeside, Littleton, Longmont, Loveland, Parker, Thornton, and Westminster|
MiniBar delivers in Aspen, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins
|Connecticut||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in Connecticut|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Avon, Bridgeport, Bristol, Chaplin, Darien, East Hartford, Farmington, Granby, Greenwich, Hamden, Hartford, Mystic, New Haven, New London, North Grosvenordale, Norwalk, Simsbury, South Windsor, Stamford, Stratford, Tolland, Wallingford, Waterbury, Warterford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westbrook, Westport, and Wethersfield|
MiniBar delivers in Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford
|Delaware||No same-day wine delivery in Delaware |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to DE and wine gifts that ship to DE
|Florida||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in Florida|
|Miami, FL||Drizly, Instacart, MiniBar, Postmates, Swill, and Total Wine|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in most cities and towns in Florida. Please check here.|
MiniBar delivers in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa.
Postmates delivers in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando
Total Wine delivers in Altamonte Springs, Aventura, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Brandon, Clearwater, Coral Springs, Daytona Beach, Estero, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Kendall, Melbourne, Miami Beach, Naples, North Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Stuart, Tampa, and Wellington
Saucey delivers in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa
|Georgia||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in Georgia|
|Hawaii||No same-day wine delivery in Hawaii |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to HI and wine gifts that ship to HI
|Idaho||No same-day wine delivery in Idaho |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to ID and wine gifts that ship to ID
|Illinois||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in Illinois|
|Chicago, IL||Drizly, GrubHub, Instacart, MiniBar, Postmates, Saucey, and Swill|
|Additional areas||GrubHub delivers in All of Cook County|
Drizly delivers in Addison, Arlington Heights, Barrington, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, Centralia, Champaign, Countryside, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Lakemoor, Lisle, Lombard, Morris, Mundelein, Naperville, Niles, Norridge, Palatine, Riverside, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Schaumburg, Schiller Park, Vernon Hills, and Villa Park
|Indiana||Limited same-day wine delivery in Indiana, see below.|
Not in a delivery zone? Here are some wine subscriptions that ship to IN
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Bloomington, Brownsburg, Carmel, Frankfort, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Terre Haute, and Westfield|
|Iowa||No same-day wine delivery in Iowa |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to IA and wine gifts that ship to IA
|Kansas||No same-day wine delivery in Kansas |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to KS and wine gifts that ship to KS
|Kentucky||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in Kentucky|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Bellevue, Louisville, and Lexington |
|Louisiana||Limited same-day wine delivery in Louisiana, see below.|
Not in a delivery zone? Here are some wine subscriptions that ship to LA
|New Orleans, LA||No same-day wine delivery in New Orleans, LA|
|Maine||Limited same-day wine delivery in Maine, see below.|
Not in a delivery zone? Here are some wine subscriptions that ship to ME
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Portland|
|Maryland||Limited same-day wine delivery in Maryland, see below.|
Not in a delivery zone? Here are some wine subscriptions that ship to MD
|Baltimore, MD||Drizly and MiniBar|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Baltimore, Dundalk, Frederick, Londowntowne, Owings Mills, Parkville, Pikesville, Silver Spring|
|Massachusetts||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in Massachusetts|
|Boston, MA||Drizly, Instacart, and MiniBar|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in most cities and towns in Massachusetts. Please check here.|
MiniBar delivers in Cambridge
|Michigan||No same-day wine delivery in Michigan |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to MI and wine gifts that ship to MI
|Minnesota||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in Minnesota|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Arden Hills, Blaine, Chaska, Dayton, Duluth, Forest Lake, Hopkins, Hugo, Mahtomedi, New Brighton, St. Cloud, St. Paul, and Vadnais Heights|
MiniBar delivers in Minneapolis
Postmates delivers in Minneapolis
Total Wine delivers in Bloomington, Burnsville, Chanhassen, Eagen, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Roseville, Woodbury
|Mississippi||No same-day wine delivery in Mississippi |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to MS and wine gifts that ship to MS
|Missouri||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in Missouri|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Ballwin, Clayton, Creve Couer, Hazelwood, Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Platte City, and Springfield|
|Montana||No same-day wine delivery in Montana |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to MT and wine gifts that ship to MT
|Nebraska||No same-day wine delivery in Nebraska |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to NE and wine gifts that ship to NE
|Nevada||Limited same-day wine delivery in Nevada, see below.|
Not in a delivery zone? Here are some wine subscriptions that ship to NV
|Las Vegas, NV||Swill|
|Additional areas||Total Wine delivers in Reno|
|New Hampshire||No same-day wine delivery in New Hampshire |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to NH and wine gifts that ship to NH
|New Jersey||Limited same-day wine delivery in New Jersey, see below.|
Not in a delivery zone? Here are some wine subscriptions that ship to NJ
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in most cities and towns in New Jersey. Please check here.|
MiniBar delivers in Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark, North Jersey, and The Jersey Shore
Total Wine delivers in Cherry Hill, River Edge, Union, West Orange
|New Mexico||No same-day wine delivery in New Mexico |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to NM and wine gifts that ship to NM
|New York||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in New York|
|Brooklyn, NY||Drizly, GrubHub (only beer), FoodKick, Instacart, MiniBar, Postmates, and Saucey|
|Manhattan, NY||Drizly, GrubHub (only beer), FoodKick, Instacart, and Swill|
|New York City, NY||Drizly, GrubHub (only beer), Instacart, and MiniBar|
|Queens, NY||Drizly, GrubHub (only beer), FoodKick, Instacart, and MiniBar|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in most cities and towns in New York. Please check here.|
MiniBar delivers in Albany, Long Island, Staten Island, The Bronx, The Hamptons, and Westchester
|North Carolina||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in North Carolina|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Durham, Highlands, Morrisville, Raleigh|
Postmates delivers in Charlotte and Raleigh
|North Dakota||No same-day wine delivery in North Dakota |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to ND and wine gifts that ship to ND
|Ohio||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in Ohio|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Columbus, Grandview Heights, Kent, Middletown, Richfield|
|Oklahoma||No same-day wine delivery in Oklahoma |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to OK and wine gifts that ship to OK
|Oregon||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in Oregon|
|Portland, OR||Drizly and Instacart|
|Pennsylvania||Limited same-day wine delivery in Pennsylvania, see below.|
Not in a delivery zone? Here are some wine subscriptions that ship to PA
|Rhode Island||Limited same-day wine delivery in Rhode Island, see below.|
Not in a delivery zone? Here are some wine subscriptions that ship to RI
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Ashaway, Cranston, Cumberland, East Providence, Johnston, Middletown, Newport, North Providence, North Smithfield, Providence, and Warwick|
|South Carolina||No same-day wine delivery in South Carolina |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to SC and wine gifts that ship to SC
|South Dakota||No same-day wine delivery in South Dakota |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to SD and wine gifts that ship to SD
|Tennessee||Limited same-day wine delivery in Tennessee, see below.|
Not in a delivery zone? Here are some wine subscriptions that ship to TN
|Nashville, TN||Drizly and MiniBar|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Crossville, Franklin, Hixson, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, and White House|
MiniBar delivers in Memphis
|Texas||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in Texas|
|Austin, TX||Drizly, Favor, Instacart, MiniBar, and Swill|
|Dallas, TX||Drizly, Favor, Instacart, MiniBar, Postmates, and Saucey|
|Houston, TX||Drizly, Favor, Instacart, and MiniBar|
|San Antonio, TX||Drizly, Favor, Instacart, and MiniBar|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Addison, Allen, Arlington, Boerne, Bulverde, Cibolo, Colleyville, Fort Worth, Lewisville, Little Elm, Longview, New Braunfels, Pearland, Plano, Pleasanton, Richardson, Schertz, Spring, Sugar Land, The Colony, and The Woodlands|
Favor delivers in Abilene, Amarillo, Beaumont, Brownsville, Bryan, Buda, College Station, Corpus Christi, Edinburg, El Paso, Harlingen, Killeen, Kyle, Lake Houston, Lake Jackson, Laredo, League City, Longview, Lubbock, McAllen, Midland, Mission, New Braunfels, Odessa, Pharr, Port Arthur, San Angelo, San Marcos, Temple, Tyler, Victoria, Waco, Weslaco, and Wichita Falls
MiniBar delivers in Arlington, El Paso, Fort Worth, and Plano
|Utah||No same-day wine delivery in Utah |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to UT and wine gifts that ship to UT
|Vermont||No same-day wine delivery in Vermont |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to VT and wine gifts that ship to VT
|Virginia||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in Virginia|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Arlington, Ashburn, Lynchburg, McLean, Vienna, and Virginia Beach|
MiniBar delivers in Alexandria and Arlington
Total Wine delivers in Alexandria, Ballston, Chantilly, Chesapeake, Fairfax, Fredricksburg, Gainesville, Leesburg, Manassas, McLean, Newport News, Norfolk, Reston, Richmond, Short Pump, Springfield, Sterling, and Virgina Beach
|Washington||Instacart offers same-day wine delivery in Washington|
|Seattle, WA||Drizly, Instacart, Saucey, Swill, and Total Wine|
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Kalama, Poulsbo, and Spokane|
Total Wine delivers in Bellevue, Federal Way, Interbay, Lynnwood, Puyallup, Silverdale, Spokane, Tukwila, Vancouver
|Washington, D.C.||Drizly, Instacart, MiniBar, Saucey, and Swill offer same-day wine delivery in Washington, D.C.|
|West Virginia||No same-day wine delivery in West Virginia |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to WV and wine gifts that ship to WV
|Wisconsin||No same-day wine delivery in Wisconsin |
Here are wine subscriptions that ship to WI and wine gifts that ship to WI
|Wyoming||Limited same-day wine delivery in Wyoming, see below.|
Not in a delivery zone? Here are some wine subscriptions that ship to WY
|Additional areas||Drizly delivers in Jackson|