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emerilcantcook Sep 21, 2008 09:26 AM

I've been thinking about getting some wine delivered to my door, since it is more efficient than say going through 8 different outlets or the burbs to get the wines I would like to try and usually there is some promotion to offset the delivery charges; however I have a concern: The weather is getting cooler, so this is becoming less of an issue, but do they use temperature controlled vehicles, or do wines sit on a hot truck and almost boil for the whole day before they are delivered? Has anyone have good/bad experience with this service?

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    wilbroni Sep 21, 2008 09:36 AM

    Well, I don't know if they're refrigerated, but they deliver wine by trucks to restaurants, and I've never had any problems with wine being overheated.

    1. SnackHappy Sep 21, 2008 10:58 AM

      I've always been under the impression that the SAQ delivers through Canada Post. Do they have another delivery option?

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        afoodyear Sep 21, 2008 11:15 AM

        Pretty sure that's right. "SAQ.com delivers exclusively in Quebec through Canada Post."

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          emerilcantcook Sep 21, 2008 11:15 AM

          Yes, they indeed use Canada Post. I guess it would be naive to assume that Canada Post tries to make their trucks more wine friendly.

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          westaust Sep 21, 2008 05:43 PM

          They are indeed using Canada Post, normal postal trucks, nothing more.

          We've ordered quite a few times from saq.com and since you can choose which moment of the day you want the delivery, we chose morning, so less time sitting in the truck

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            Mr F Sep 25, 2008 03:30 PM

            As others have said, it is indeed Canada Post. I've done this a few times and never had any trouble, but do follow a couple of rules:

            - no orders between May and September
            - try to time order to avoid having the parcel spend a weekend in a postal station -- this means not ordering Wednesday/Thursday, maybe Friday morning too.

            I'm not sure I was always successful with the second rule, but it worked out fine anyway.

            Another thing: if you're planning to spend a fair bit of money, inform yourself about the date of the next promo. Even when the main in-store promo doesn't apply to web orders, there's usually something similar for the website a few days before or after the in-store version.

            Apparently there's $10 off every $100 coming up in two weeks (note, does not apply to fractions -- spend $150 and you'll still only get $10 off), so expect the same or similar around that time on the website. (Lately the web versions have been less enticing than in-store, though.)

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