Amazon has announced a new service called Amazon Wine that brings online shoppers one-step closer to being able to buy anything and everything from Amazon.com. The service allows users to buy over 1000 different wines from wineries around the country. The service also offers access to details from the winemakers such as tasting notes, recommended food pairings, and how many cases they produce of each vintage.
The service will allow customers to ship up to six bottles of their favorite wine for $9.99. That shipping charge is a flat rate for one or six bottles and Amazon Prime shipping doesn't work with the wine service. Amazon Wine is only available in certain states, including the District of Columbia.
The states where customers can purchase wine via Amazon include California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Amazon says additional states will be coming soon. Wine varieties are available from small family-owned vineyards up to massive 650-acre vineyards in the heart of California's Napa Valley.
Amazon says that it is easy to search for wines with a search function that allows results to be narrowed to your personal tastes. Search filters include ratings of "90 & up" from professional winemakers, tasting notes such as "Cherry," and the ability to choose specific winery locations. It's worth noting that Amazon can hold wine shipments for up to 30 days if the weather isn't suitable for shipping. The wine also ships directly from the vineyards, not from Amazon and shipments require an adult signature delivery.