There’s a lot to be said for buying wine online—prices and selections are often better, and you can stay on your couch to do it. While most brick-and-mortars also offer website sales, we wanted to highlight the stores that are digital first and have found ways to reach consumers just as meaningfully as people on a sales floor.
Benchmark Wine Group
Specializing in hot ticket items like cult California Cabernets and first-growth Bordeaux, this retailer has the expansive collection that makes online shopping great, with the customer service you look for in a brick-and-mortar. Chat with a consultant to build your dream cellar.
Full Pull Wines
This is a little bit different than your average web shop: Rather than fill a cart and then hit checkout, people can sign up to receive emails letting them know what’s available. They can respond with what they’d like to order, and then either pick up curbside or get it shipped. Owner Paul Zitarelli hand selects all the bottles, with a preference for those local to him in the Pacific Northwest.
Did you know Wine Enthusiast’s sister company, Wine Express, is a wine retailer?
JJ Buckley Fine Wines
An early pioneer in online wine selling with a massive high-end selection, JJ Buckley also offers professional wine storage. You can order with abandon, knowing you don’t have to find space at home to put all the bottles.
Highly discriminating somms selecting small-production wines at an astonishing range of prices is a new niche, and this seller has it covered. Shoppers can feel confident that, no matter their budget, they’re receiving good wines that might otherwise be hard to get their hands on.
Wine Enthusiast’s 2019 Retailer of the Year Wine Star Award winner simply can’t be beat for selection. With close to 38,000 labels, the retailer also offers plenty of tools for education and discovery, including quizzes and virtual tastings, as well as lists organized by price, score and labels like “Most-Wanted” and “Customer Favorite.”