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Shipping Information

We offer free FedEx Super Saver shipping on orders of $600 or more within the Continental United States. We do not offer free shipping on international shipments. If you select Overnight or 2 nd day shipping options we will only charge the difference between the Super Saver rate and your selection. We will manually calculate the shipping difference and email you that information.

Q: When do you ship?

A: As our entire inventory is in stock, we attempt to ship either same day or next day. We prefer to ship Monday through Wednesday. We do this so that your wine does not spend excessive amounts of time outside cellar conditions and shipments arrive to you before the weekend. As a result order placed late in the week may not ship until the following Monday. Saturday delivery can be arranged for an additional fee from FedEx. Please understand that during business hours, your orders are immediately packaged and scheduled for delivery, but may be delayed until ideal conditions for shipment arise. Shipping cutoff times may vary during the holiday seasons. We cannot schedule shipments for a specific time during the day.

Q: What companies do you ship with?

A: We ship with either FedEx or Golden State Overnight Transport depending upon the final destination of the delivery. Fine Wines International does not make any money on the cost of shipping. We pass along the price charged by the common carrier to our clients without additional markups.

Q: Where do you ship?

A: We ship to any state in the US where it is legally allowable to do so. As shipping laws change on a near daily basis please contact us for a more detailed listing for your state. Please note that most states regulate importation of wines, and buyers are responsible for compliance with laws of the state in which wines are to be shipped. Buyers, not Fine Wines International, are the owners and shipper of record for all shipments. By arranging for transportation of the wine, we are providing a service to and acting on behalf of the buyer.

Q: Will you ship to my APO, FPO or PO Box?

A: We do not ship to APO, FPO, or PO boxes. Federal regulations make it illegal to ship wine to post office boxes. If you enter a post office box as your shipping address, the wine will be returned to us and you will be charged for the original shipment, the return shipment and the subsequent shipment to a valid street address.

Q: Do you ship internationally?

A: We ship internationally to most countries where it is legally permissible to do so. However, the recipient must pay the cost of taxes unless prior arrangement has been made. Due to contractual arrangements, we do to ship to Canada or Mexico.

Q: How old do I need to be to have wine shipped?

A: Buyer must warrant that he/she is at least 21 years of age, legally allowed to purchase wine, and that the wines will be received by someone that is at least 21 years of age. Any shipments containing

alcoholic beverages are sent with an “Adult Signature Required” label, and the common carrier that delivers the merchandise is required to ask and check for identification upon delivery. This means that you will have to be present at the time of delivery. We prefer to have wines delivered to a business address to insure prompt delivery. Wines addressed to a residence will not be left without a signature by someone at least 21 years of age. By ordering you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the seller for and resulting consequence of a fraudulent order or any misrepresentation to the age or legal ability of any intended recipient to receive shipment of alcoholic beverages.

Q: If I have my order shipped, do I have to pay sales tax?

A: Wines shipped within the State of California are subject to taxation. Holders of California State Liquor Authority licenses may be exempt from taxation and should present the required documents to Fine Wines International prior to purchase. Fine Wines International shall not be held financially responsible for the cost of any wine confiscated by any government or law enforcement agency as a result of alleged violations of applicable laws by the purchaser.

Q: What is your policy regarding shipping during summer heat and winter cold?

A: Transporting wine in extreme weather conditions, even by overnight service, may seriously damage wines. During periods of extreme weather Fine Wines International strongly advises against transport of wines by any means. During these times we are pleased to provide complimentary short-term storage until better conditions prevail. If shipment is requested during periods of extreme weather, the buyer will be required to sign a Shipping Release to free Fine Wines International from any liability for damage to wines shipped during periods of extreme weather.

Q: Can you ship my wine in the original case?

A: All orders must be shipped in approved packaging. We cannot ship wine in either the original cardboard or wooden cases. If you would like the original cases, they will be shipped separately, at an additional charge. Special Note: Though every effort is made to describe or measure the levels of older vintages, corks more than 20 years old begin to lose their elasticity and levels can change. Old corks occasionally fail during or after shipment. Buyers must understand that there is always a risk of cork failure with old wines. Under no circumstances can Fine Wines International be held at fault or responsible in such a circumstance.