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Shipping Wine to USA

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Shipping Wine to USA

I know there is a 2 bottle limit when returning to the USA. Has anyone purchased wine and shipped it back to the USA? Is it cost effective?

Are there wines in Montalcino that could easily be purchased here in the USA?

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There are a great many Montalcino wines that can be purchased easily in the US. Look at www.wine-searcher.com. There are Montalcino vintages from 1945 through 2009 available from *online* merchants in California.

The *only* reason to ship wines is if you come across a small producer who is not represented in the US. Also, US Customs generally lets through a case or two of wine for personal use if you carry it; they can't be bothered with the paperwork to charge you duty.

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Forget about the 2 bottle limit. The tarrif charge is less then 50 cents a bottle. We have carried back two cases of wine in our luggage in each of our 10 trips to Italy. We always declare the bottles. Only once have we been sent to the customs angent, who said.."why did they send you here and passed on through with no charge" I don't think they like to handle money if its under 10 dollars.

In California you might have better access to Italian wine then I do, how ever there is a certain feeling that you get when drinking a bottle of wine, handed to you by the man or woman who created it. It seems to make the wine taste just a bit better. If it brings back a memory of your trip all the more better.

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We always bring back 12-15 bottles of wine that isn't exported to the US. Customs doesn't care as long as you can carry it in your checked luggage. The tariff limit is $800. The tariffs on a bottle of wine range betwenn $0.50 and $1.75, and the customs agent said it's not worth their time to try and collect it

We wrap it VERY well in our clothing and brace it in our bags so it DOES NOT MOVE! Pad it on all sides. We've never lost a bottle on our 6 trips to Italy.


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Not sure about USA but to ship to Australia was outrageous. Easier just to buy the Brunello via a specialist importer at home.

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CA- Pinoy,

The last time I shipped a case it was 165 euro just for shipping.

There are over 200 producers of brunello so you can see that most of them are not available in the U.S.

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CA-P, if you head to your local Costco, you will find a nice selection of Italian wines, e.g. Brunello, Chianti, etc. BevMore also carriers a nice selection of wines, including Amarone, IMO the best wine Italy produces.

As far as shipping wine, we were advised in several wineries in the South of France that they no longer shipped wine to US. This may or may not be the case in Italy. We brought a few bottles of Gigondas and Chateauneuf du Pape with us. Saw these wines at Costco for less.

If you plan on bringing a few bottles with you in your luggage, take a look at Magellans [sp] trael supplies. They sell those bubble bottle jackets, so no worries about breakage.

Edited: 3:35 pm, September 10, 2011
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I have found it more economical to ship home my clothes (Mailboxes Etc.) and pack the wine in the checked luggage - keeping, of course, enough clothing for padding. Take the bubble wrap - in whatever form - with you. It's very expensive in Italy. Do be aware of the weight of your checked luggage....the overweight fees are very stiff now on most air carriers. We've even bought additional - inexpensive - luggage in Italy since the airline would permit two checked bags, but had a weight restriction PER BAG.

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In May of this year, i brought back 12 bottles of wine back in this excellent wine shipping case. Plus EVOO and some dessert wines in my suitcase. Declared them going through the States and they just let me straight through. Everything was in good order when I got home. No breakages.




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When we ship wine from our wine bar the shipping cost we pay is about 110,00 Euro per 12 bottles ( 70 Euros for 6), and it's very low price compared to the avarage prices you can usually find in the market but it's stiI high compared to the cost of a god Italian wine. confirm you that, if you bring the wine with you, you can simply declare the exceeding quantity of wine at the duty and pay a ricolous amount. Also, as per my knowldege, the limit should be 2 litres/person, corresponding to 5 bottles if you are travelling in two people.