Shipping Wine

Shipping Wine? Think Again!

Posted in 3-1-1 Liquids Bans, Packing Liquids, Shipping Wine, Travel, TSA Regulations on June 20th, 2024 by – 16 Comments

Heard the rumors lately? I’ve been hearing through the grape vine (no pun intended!) various concerns about wine transportation in air travel. These are mostly due to the new regulations of various airlines and the TSA (Transportation Security Administration).  These regulations can lead to hassles and delays for both leisure and business travelers.  Some organizations need specialty wine at conferences for whatever reason and need wine shipped to these conference locations. So these businesses have to create an entire plan just to ship wine! Below are a few points that may be helpful if you’re caught in this situation:

What is your state law?
There are three major categories that any wine lover should consider before shipping wine to or from their travel location.  Make sure you are aware of your state’s law before you book your next wine trip or plan to send a wine gift.

1. Reciprocal states: Reciprocity requires the legislative cooperation of other states to recognize a two-way shipment privilege.  This means that only wineries in another reciprocal state can ship into the reciprocal states: Iowa and New Mexico.

2. States wine can be shipped to on a limited basis: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

3. States where wine shipping from direct to consumer is prohibited: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah

So with all of these restrictions and hassles, would a consumer still want to ship wine?  The TSA regulations do not allow travelers to carry wine or liquor on board these days, so you need to be able to safely pack these liquids in your checked luggage.  Socks and dirty clothes may have done the job in the past, but TSA can still confiscate your valuable liquids if they are not properly packed.  To ease the burden of TSA inspecting your luggage or worrying about shipping wine to your home state, what you need is a wine travel case! BottleWise Duo – The Ultimate Multipurpose Wine Travel System is your perfect solution to your wine travel needs by eliminating wine shipping hassles. It’s much more economical since it is a onetime investment for long-term enjoyment. Benefits of having a wine travel case like BottleWise Duo is that you have your favorite wine with you whenever you travel, and you don’t have to worry about state regulations for wine shipping. Free the grapes by giving your vino the freedom to travel safely and comfortably in the BottleWise Duo wine travel case!

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Shipping Wine – A winning or a whining deal!

Posted in Packing Liquids, Shipping Wine, Travel on August 16th, 2011 by – 15 Comments

Here’s the everlasting question that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue: What’s the deal with shipping wine?

It’s not that easy (or inexpensive), you have to meet these conditions first:

  • the wine was purchased while the purchaser was physically present at the winery
  • the purchaser of the wine provided the winery verification of legal age
  • the wine is for personal use only and not for resale
  • the purchaser can lawfully and personally transport wine into the destination state
  • the purchaser is the consignee

How do I pack three bottles of wine? Packing wine requires packaging suitable for numerous low intensity shocks, compressions and vibrations from any direction.  There are three types of containers typically used to ship wine: folded corrugated tray, molded fiber tray or an expanded polystyrene foam mold.  A winery or specialty shop will often offer to ship wine for you, but even at a discounted shipping rate, the costs can add up (especially over time).

Estimated Shipping Rates: To ship 3 bottles of wine (weighing approximately 5lbs) I have done a cost comparison between FedEx and UPS.  Please keep in mind that these are estimated and rates will vary for different zones.  These costs also do not include the cost associated with purchasing the appropriate packaging materials.


  1. Priority Overnight $94.39
  2. Next Day Air $71.00
  3. 2nd Day Air $43.54
  4. Ground $16.07


  1. Priority Overnight $85.00
  2. Next Day Air $60.00
  3. 2nd Day Air $30.00
  4. Ground $15.00

As many already are aware that if you“are you planning to return to New York from California with your wines after a nice summer vacation, you can’t do that in the cabin anymore,” said an airline industry consultant, based in Port Washington, N.Y. “Instead, travelers will have to place bottles in checked luggage, a practice that is currently still permitted.  The only issue is whether you feel it’s sufficiently well protected – that it’s not going to break.”

Is there a way I can still carry the wine with me? Yes!  You’re in luck, there is the perfect solution on the market that not only will protect your bottles from breaking or leaking in your checked luggage, but over time it will save you money and the environment.    Pack wine, spirits and culinary oils in your checked luggage with the BottleWise Duo or the BottleWise Bot’lPak. In just one use you will recover all your cost for shipping Priority or Next Day Air with UPS or FedEx.  Not only that but other benefits include:

  1. One time investment and no recurring charges (BottleWise offers a lifetime warranty!)
  2. Your wine or spirits travel with you, safe and secure
  3. No additional shipping and handling charges
  4. No waste to the environment of collected boxes and polystyrene
  5. And  most of all – Peace of Mind!

Learn more about the  BottleWise Duo.

BottleWise is committed to manufacturing high-quality bags that make life easier for the discriminating culinary traveler and is founded by Amy Dias (

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