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Wine delivery in Toronto

Gin n Tonic Nov 30, 2009 03:52 PM

I'm from the US and don't know how your alcohol laws work (although I can spell LCBO), but I would like to arrange to have a couple of bottles of wine delivered as an unannounced gift to somebody in Toronto. Is this possible? Whom should I contact?

  1. chef_vegabond Nov 30, 2009 05:33 PM

    Don't even get me started on our alcohol laws! I would call the LCBO directly if you want to arrange for the bottles to be wrapped. Delivery service for single bottles (less than a case) can be arranged with http://www.beerstoredelivery.ca/

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    1. re: chef_vegabond
      cheapncheerful Dec 2, 2009 05:24 PM

      Try this: https://www.vintagesshoponline.com/vi...
      It's the online LCBO store. I've never used it personally, but I hope it helps!

      1. re: cheapncheerful
        estufarian Dec 3, 2009 04:48 AM

        That only delivers to an LCBO store (as do all phone orders e.g. from Classics Catalogue).
        But the store will call you for pickup, although you're 'supposed' to have the credit card available for inspection that was used for purchase.

        1. re: estufarian
          syoung Jan 5, 2010 01:04 PM

          Not only do they just only deliver to their own stores, but you have to allow 6-8 weeks for the delivery! Yes, it takes LCBO 6 weeks to deliver from their warehouse to their own store, but I can go online and order a bottle of wine from a retailer in LA and have it delivered to NY to arrive next day. LCBO online sucks!

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      cecilia Nov 30, 2009 06:27 PM

      The question depends on whether you have a specific wine in mind I guess. Any Ontario winery would be happy to send their wine to Ontario residents for you. If you are looking to get non-Ontario wine, I only know of this website:

      The liquor law in Ontario is very restrictive. I don't know all the details but basically unless the vendor is in Ontario, you won't be able to get anything shipped to Ontario.

      1. haggisdragon Dec 3, 2009 04:57 AM

        You can buy any Ontario wine direct from the winery and have it delivered.

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          preppycuisine Dec 3, 2009 05:43 AM

          Concierge services that will find you tickets, make personalized baskets, etc, can be very helpful for this. If you want to send wine though, you'll need to have a good relationship with them. A random call-up from outside of the county will not be able to get it done.

          You can send cases through an agent such as Lifford, where you can access wines not available through the LCBO. They're not allowed to sell individual bottles, and they almost assuredly won't since they then have most of a case to unload in questionable circumstances.

          Best idea is to use some contacts you have in Toronto to assemble the gift. Our laws are horrible.

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          1. re: preppycuisine
            sumdumgoy Dec 3, 2009 01:46 PM

            Agents by law may not sell less than a case at a time.
            Sometimes expensive wines come in 6 bottle cases.
            They normally deliver for a fee.

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            lcohen999 Dec 4, 2009 04:48 AM

            Try calling a place called "Halpern Wine"

            They may be able to help

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              abhryll Jan 5, 2010 09:14 AM

              Winery to Home will deliver wines from Ontario vinyards to locations in Ontario. There are various gift options available. (http://www.winerytohome.com/index.html)

              1. syoung Jan 5, 2010 01:09 PM

                Yes, small online shops such as wineonline.ca are the only option to deliver to homes. Unfortunately, they have terrible selections and wines are mostly Ontario wines. I don't think it's practical to purchase on consignment through agents because of the 1-case minimum (again, an LCBO constraint - and you can't do a mix case) if you only need one or two bottles.

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