At Ram’s Gate Winery, our experienced team of wine professionals endured the same 2020 as the rest of the world, shuttered in our homes (or on our estate vineyard), properly social distancing whether we liked it or not.
And like the rest of the world, we learned a lot of things about shopping online during that time.
One of the more important lessons many people learned was how to properly buy wine online, and we would like to share our tips with you, so you can research your favorite vineyards—including ours!—and order online for delivery or curbside pickup.
Check Your State’s Alcohol Shipping Laws
If you do not live in California, but would like to enjoy our inspiring wines, check your local alcohol shipping laws because it is not legal to ship out-of-state wine by mail in every state.
In some states, the laws can be tricky. You may have wine shipped from out of state (or not) but not receive it through a third-party retailer (or only through a third-party).
Make sure you know which laws apply where you live, so you can make informed wine purchasing decisions that do not result in shipping fees that outweigh the cost of the wine.
Research Vineyards that Align with Your Values
When you buy wine online, shopping sustainably may take a few extra keystrokes to find the right vineyard that aligns with your personal values and your unique taste in wine.
Combining high-quality wine with a vineyard that genuinely cares about its customers and farming practices is a great start. Also look for a vineyard that guarantees its products, including a commitment to getting it safely to your door.
Plan to Be Home When Your Wine Arrives
When you buy wine online, either you or another person over the age of 21 will need to be there upon delivery to receive it.
If you cannot be home when it arrives, plan with the delivery service to hold it for you, so you can pick it up at your leisure. This is more than a tip for being courteous to the driver, but one that will ensure your wine does not get returned to its sender.
Pro Tip: Join a Wine Club!
At Ram’s Gate, we provide an exciting option to buy wine online, which allows our members to get high-quality products, including our signature collections, simply by enrolling in our wine club. With versatile membership options, including 12 or six bottles delivered seasonally, or two bottles every other month, you also have priority access to new releases and limited production bottlings.
Our wine club memberships come complete with automatic shipments of reds, whites, or a combination of your choice, so you never have to search for exceptional wines online—or in-store—again. We’ll do the work. You simply enjoy the fruits of our labor.