Things to Consider While Buying Wine Online

Markus Reed | News Feb 10, 2015

While there will always be a market for people who want to order directly from a winery, online wine sales in Australia, similar to other online businesses will rise or fall based on whether consumers use it as an everyday convenience for everyday wines.

If you are thinking about ordering wine online, here are some points to keep in mind:

  • Look around the site first to see if it delivers to your state. Even if a site says a store cannot deliver to your state, you should call to make sure. Laws are changing rapidly and, in any case, stores often deliver to places they don’t publicly admit.
  • While you are looking at online sites, sign up for every online newsletter you see.
  • Be very careful to make sure you are ordering bottles in the size you want.
  • Similarly, check vintages carefully. Remember that most wines these days are meant to be drunk young, so you want to make sure, in those cases, that you get the newest vintage.
  • Along the same lines, be sure to read the fine print about substitutions. Some sites say they can substitute a different wine if it’s under a certain price — say, $15. (You can often find this in the “FAQ” or “shipping information” sections.) If you don’t want substitutions, say so.
  • Look for the return policy. Returning wine is a hassle in any event (and local laws sometimes govern such policies).
  • Look around the site to see if there are case discounts. Good stores often offer them.
  • Check the minimum purchase necessary for delivery.
  • Try to find shipping costs before you order. Some sites don’t tell you the price of shipping until you check out.
  • See if you are being charged for “insurance” on your order. Some sites quietly charge a percentage to insure your shipment.
  • Pay for expedited delivery. Warm or cold weather can wreak havoc on wines and faster shipping will help to minimize that danger. In any event, it’s a bad idea to have wine shipped at all in extremely hot or cold weather. Some stores simply won’t send wine until bad weather lets up.
  • Work with the store or the shipping company to figure out when the wine will be delivered. Deliveries have to be accepted by someone who’s at least 21, so an adult needs to be home.

There are a Range of White Wines to Choose from Like:

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Gris
  • Chardonnay
  • Moscato
  • Reisling

Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine that owes much of its popularity to winemakers in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley in France. The Sauvignon Blanc taste is very different from other white wines, like Chardonnay, because of its green and herbaceous flavours. The name Sauvignon Blanc means “Wild White” and the grape is related to Traminer with origins in the South of France. Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most widely planted wine grapes in the world and because of this it has a wide range of styles and flavours. 

The primary fruit flavours of Sauvignon Blanc are lime, green apple, passion fruit and white peach. Depending on how ripe the grapes are when the wine is made, the flavour will range from zesty lime to flowery peach. What makes Sauvignon Blanc unique from other white wines are its other herbaceous flavours like bell pepper, jalapeño, gooseberry and grass. These flavours come from aromatic compounds called pyrazines and are the secret to Sauvignon Blanc’s taste.