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Jun 22, 2011 02:34 PM

ship wine to mexico - specifically cabo?

has anyone ever shipped wine to mexico (from California, even better). I've heard from others that it's a cheaper way to go if you're going to be there a while (and a wino, like me!)

what is the process? how expensive is it?

or, alternatively, what's the best source for wine/spirits in the cabo area if you want to make drinks in your own hotel room?

is it true that wine is much more expensive in MX than the US?

Thanks for any and all advice!

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  1. It would be quite difficult and very exensive to ship wine to Cabo. 30% tax/duty is added to everything coming in.

    Costco has some decent wines but the best place to shop is Europea in the Walmart center just on the right as you enter CAbo. They have a terrific selection of wines from South America, Europe, Australia and of course U.S. - but those are horribly overpriced. And every kind of spirits you could possibly want

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    1. re: Mariana in Baja

      Marianna is right Costco and Walmart have a good selection of wine but it will cost.

    2. Shipping wine to Baja is a bad idea for a variety of reasons. Shipping cheap wine to Baja is insane: There is no shortage of cheap Chilean and Mexican wines there. And shipping good wine to Baja is very risky because it costs a lot, takes forever, and is a paperwork nightmare, and wine does not travel well in México unless it is shipped in refrigerated containers and treated with respect and that ain't going to happen. That's why it's becoming increasingly difficult to find Baja wines in mainland México: It's cheaper for restaurants and wine-selling stores to purchase Chilean wines than it is to purchase and stock Baja wines. Sad, but true.

      In large cities wine in México is about the same price as in the U.S. Not as much variety, though. In small cities and villages the pickin's are VERY slim and you might be forced to stick with tequila.There are two or three EXCELLENT wine/spirit shops in the Los Cabos area, featuring the best of Baja wines. And Costco and major supermarket chains feature a large selection of cheap-medium priced Chilean/Mexican wines. Imported liquor is expensive (priced single malt scotch in the U.S. recently?) and tequila is almost exactly the same price as in CA. Good California wine is available in Cabo but is more than twice the price of buying it in Ensenada (transportation and refrigeration costs) which is about 1.5 times the price of buying it in, say, San Diego.

      All in all, don't even think about shipping wine to México, ask the locals where to shop, and for high-end wines ask a restaurant sommelier or server for the names of wine shops that carry
      "the good stuff."

      1. As another option, if you have favorites from the US you can bring in six liters of wine into Mexico duty free.