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Wine and Beer Gifts Shipping

Updated on April 15, 2012

Wine Gift Baskets

Golden State Greeting Wine Gift Basket
Golden State Greeting Wine Gift Basket | Source

Wine and Beer Gift Shipping

California has become the 4th largest producer of wine in the world after France Italy and Spain. In 2011 California wineries shipped 212. Million cases of wine throughout the United States at an estimated value of $20 billion in revenue.

It is estimated that in 2010 Americans consumed 784 million gallons of wine averaging out to 2.54 gallons per person. I know for a fact that some of you drank less than that in 2010 because I know I drink more 2.54 gallons in 2010, I do love a nice Cabernet.

Speaking of which, Cabernet Sauvignon has been referred to as the king of red wine grapes and is the main ingredient in most of your red wine blends in the world and is the most widely planted grape in California, taking up 77,602 acres of the 533,00 acres that California has in Vineyards. To find statistics on your favorite wine check out the Wine Institute.

Wine Shipments

Prohibition was repealed in United states in 1933, but this went on a state by state basis. Not all states lifted it fully at the same time, for instance Mississippi was the last state to lift it and did not do so until 1966. Since that time states have developed their own laws and regulation on the alcohol consumption, sales and distribution.

For instance did you know it is a felony to send a bottle of wine from California to a friend’s home in Kentucky? This includes if you are vacationing in another states and wish to send wine to your home address for you to enjoy when you get back home.

After the repeal of Prohibition in the 1930’s each state suddenly had to figure out its own rules and regulations for the sale and distribution of alcohol and some states have gone a step further and some of their counties have setup their own separate rules and regulations. Depending on who is governing each state, some of them choose to completely ban all shipments of alcohol in and/or out of the state. To further complicate things the state rules and regulations are constantly changing.

The Irish Pub Gift Basket
The Irish Pub Gift Basket | Source

Out of our 50 states each one has the right to set up its own rules and regulations on the import and export of Wine and other alcohol and of the 50 states nearly half of them make it illegal to send wine to someone within that state, even if it is to yourself. Breaking these laws can be considered a felony but usually what happens is the shipment is seized and “destroyed”. My guess is the person who seizes these shipments has a real nice wine collection for their parties.

Not only do you have to deal with these rules and regulations for the states, once you find out that you can ship to a state you must contend with using UPS, FedEx, DHL and the USPS in which have their own rules and regulations of shipping wine or alcohol. You can forget the USPS it is a Federal crime to ship Wine and Alcohol through them. The USPS will not even ship a box that has any type of alcohol advertisement or logo on it regardless of what is on the inside. So don’t use empty boxes from the liquor store to send stuff out if you are using USPS.

Wine Picnic Trio Gift Basket
Wine Picnic Trio Gift Basket | Source

The rules and regulations are two lengthy to list here. If you would like to find our more information on individual states check with the local liquor control agencies or the wine institute online.

If you are interested in sending a wine giftor gift basket check out our selection of beautiful wine gift baskets. All are shipped and delivered following the strict guidelines of the law.


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