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violet22 Dec 29, 2008 08:12 AM

On a recent trip to NYC, I fell in love with the Italian liquor Amaro. Living in Idaho, I can't find it anywhere (well, the liquor stores are state-owned). What's the most affordable place to order it online? I'm also interested in hearing if it's worth it to order and ship things like Absinthe. Thanks!

  1. ShadowedOne Dec 29, 2008 12:29 PM

    I've shopped with Sam's Wine with good success.

    Can you clarify what you mean by "worth it to order and ship things like Absinthe"? Here in CO I can get a wide range of Absinthe in my local liquor store. Is that not the case in Idaho?

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      violet22 Dec 29, 2008 01:19 PM

      Thanks! I'm wondering if there are any discounters with good prices. We have about 3 types of Absinthe in our local stores, not much else.

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      ultramagnetic Dec 30, 2008 10:28 AM

      Have you checked here:

      http://liquor.idaho.gov/Purchasing.htm

      I did a search in the category price book and found Averna and Ramazzotti listed for amaros as well as Lucid and what looks like the new Pernod absinthe.

      Living in California, I don't have personal experience with state-run liquor stores. Aren't the individual stores supposed to, if not carry, at least be able to order what is listed in the price book for people?

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        FlaHopper Dec 30, 2008 12:28 PM

        Binny's is also good. As for your interest in absinthe, make sure you're a fan of anise (black licorice) before you go through the trouble and expense of ordering a bottle.

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          MOREKASHA Dec 31, 2008 06:30 AM

          I live in NYC and use Binneys. Even with shipping, it's often cheaper than NYC prices. Their selection is great, their service, true Midwestern, nice, decent and honest. Sam's ain't bad either. I'd almost move to Chitown for either.

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          Wienerhound Jan 3, 2009 06:16 PM

          Violet22
          Living in one of the most conservative states in the nation SC, and from what I read and hear about Idaho you might disagree with me on which state is the most conservative. Be sure and see if you can have spirits shipped into your state. There are several W. Coast gins that I would love to try but cannot get them shipped down South

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            davis_sq_pro Jan 4, 2009 01:14 PM

            I don't think conservative has anything to do with it. Here in liberal MA it's nearly impossible to get anything shipped in as well. Supposedly the issue is that kids might go online and order up some booze -- yeah, right! As if this underage drinker is going to get his or her parents' credit card, wait days for delivery, etc, rather than simply figuring out some way to locally procure the stuff? I think the real issue at hand is lining the pockets of distributors. Really a sad situation for those of us who want to bring in spirits and wine selections that are simply not available locally. Further compounded by the terrible (and, IMO, totally useless) liquid restrictions on airplanes, so I can't even bring anything back when I go on a trip without worrying the whole time that the bottle is going to shatter in my bags...

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              quazi Jan 6, 2009 06:26 AM

              If you look online you WILL find a company that will ship to you. Those that will ship will probably state that they turn over the product to you in their state then provide shipping for you

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                davis_sq_pro Jan 6, 2009 03:11 PM

                Any hints? I've tried probably 6-7 sites with no luck...

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                  jgg13 Jan 8, 2009 07:54 PM

                  I live in MA, and have had stuff shipped to me before (sorry Davis Sq Pro, I can't remember any specifics). In those cases it has always been of the "we don't take responsibility if the po-po confiscate your goodies" variety from the company. Note that these were all from overseas though

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                Soybomb Jan 7, 2009 09:03 AM

                The physical store front for http://www.internetwines.com/ isn't too far from me. Their online prices don't seem to be huge bargains but the selection is reasonable and the staff has always been relatively helpful.

                1. Herz Jan 11, 2009 01:43 AM

                  Hiya. I'm new to this board but not new to the subject... I've got lots of experience with this, so here goes.

                  First of all, some states do not allow you to ship liquor in or out. Usually when ordering from an online retailer, they'll flat-out refuse to ship to you if you live in one of those states, and they'll list them out in their shipping policies/FAQ/whatever. The states are typically some form of the following: AK, GA, HI, IN, KY, MD, MA, MI, NC, TN, UT, and VA. But, some sites will ship to some of those states (because though the laws may technically prevent it, packages go through fine anyway). I live in CA and have never had any problems whatsoever in receiving the (lots of) alcohol I've ordered online.

                  There are other "tricks" to getting alcohol from/into these problem states, but you don't need to worry about that. I haven't found any info that says you can't ship into Idaho. So, I would suggest you go with:

                  Binny's -- http://www.binnys.com/ -- Chiming in with what's said above, they are great (especially if you're into whiskey, but that's another story). Massive selection and good prices, and you can get case discounts. Based in Chicago.

                  Shopper's Vineyard -- http://www.shoppersvineyard.com/ -- Based in NJ. When these guys run a special, it's the lowest price you'll find anywhere.

                  Also, try wine-searcher.com -- yes it's for wine, but not exclusively. Type in the name of the Amaro you're looking for, and it'll list all the places selling it online, cheapest first (well, most of the places, you gotta subscribe to get the full results... but the free version is decent).

                  The whiskey club I'm in chronicles all the places we've ordered online from at http://www.lawhiskeysociety.com/ Check "The Online List" for many more options.

                  With any online liquor site you order from, just check their shipping policies -- retailers will always list states they won't ship to, and that's really all you need to be concerned with. Once it's in the mail, you're 99.99% sure to get it.

                  Have fun!

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                    foodieseattlelady Jan 28, 2009 01:59 PM

                    Binnys in Chicago has an amazing selection and will ship anywhere, except the few states that have laws against it (like Washington!).

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