Is wine essential? In times like these, hell yeah, more than ever. Okay, so is scotch, gin, mezcal, chacha, tequila and vodka (even if only as a disinfectant). A friend called me up in a panic—did I have enough food stocked? I asked, for what, two weeks or six months? I looked at my beans and my pasta and then gasped, did I have enough wine? Probably not. I then proceeded to buy as much wine as I could afford from as many people as I could to spread it around.
The first lay-offs I heard of happened on the same day as the New York restaurant closures. Racines, then came the others, so many others. I heard that some wine shops were having Thanksgiving-worthy business but others were hurting, bad. So I did something small. I put out an Instagram post asking people who are selling inventively to send me some info. The responses poured in and what you’ll find below is a lightly vetted round-up of the creative sales offers suited to these crazy times.
Being able to buy wine for dinner, like when I was out at Leo’s choosing from their excellent list (one of their wine fridges pictured above) is for now on pause. You may have heard that many wine bars are going retail to stay in business (Four Horsemen, for example) and most wine shops are operating on delivery or curbside-only basis. And perhaps now is also the time to buy from online shops, some of the best of these are in Europe.
To help the restaurants and wine bars with their overnight shift to off-trade sales, David Kong has developed an app called somm to make it easier for them to sell off their wine lists. (In addition, he has helped to develop a very credible handblown glass for $25.) There is something similar for Europe, a website showing which shops and bars are still open for business. It’s called wearestillopen.
Other solutions to getting your wine of course include wine clubs. Mine (The Feiring Line Wine Society) will be functioning as long as the delivery services are delivering. In addition, some importers are able to sell direct. One of them is WineMonger. Another is José Pastor.
And don’t forget your domestic winemakers. Most have had to close their tasting rooms. So, like many of them, Noel Diaz of Purity has been taking orders. He’s been getting into his truck. His reason made me smile—much needed these days. “Granted to make some money to help fill the void, but also to be there as a human being. People follow me on IG and now we get to meet each other. I love it, I’m like, oh that’s who you are. It’s the greater community, connecting. It’s hard for winemakers to do this, I’m exhausted, but it’s very fulfilling, like the farmer dropping off veggies, or the milkman delivering milk.” I know that several others have gone direct, so call La Garagista directly—tell them what you’d like, and pick up “curbside” (even if they don’t have a curb). Same with Donkey & Goat in California. They are offering delivery as well as pick up. Do check with your favorite local winery for plans to keep you in wine and help them stay afloat.
And finally, the list of shops and wine bars worldwide is below. Before you dive in, a few notes:
- This is not a personal “best-of” list—it’s a compilation of responses, vetted just enough so that everyone on it has enough natural available to be of interest.
- The situation across the country—and the world—is changing rapidly, so please check in with the individual shops and restaurants before you get your heart set on an order.
- If you’re a shop, a restaurant or bar and you don’t see your name below, please drop me a line with your specific COVID-19 plan and I can add you. I’ll need details that I can quickly cut/paste into the list.
In the end, this is a tiny step but if as a result, you discover a small shop you’ve never heard of before and they get one more customer, that can only be a good thing. And we could all use some good things.
Golden Age (Mountain Brook)
Curbside pickup and 10% discount on 12 bottles. We are also offering curbside pickup of charcuterie and cheese boards to go!
Offering pick up at the shop or curbside. Email or DM to place orders.
Bibi Ji (Santa Barbara)
Rajat Parr’s wonderful Indian restaurant is putting their wine list up for retail. Got some beautiful stuff there. Alejandro Medina is the contact to reach out to and score those bottles. Pick up or overnight in CA, NV, and AZ. UPS ground for anything outside of those states, unless otherwise specified by the customer.
Biondivino (San Francisco)
Biondivino is open for now (considered grocery by registration) but deliver with GSO (western states overnight delivery). The shop is also doing local delivery and curbside pick up.
Douglas (San Francisco)
New shop in Noe Valley, offering delivery and online orders.
Offering curbside wine delivery through Caviar or by phone.
Miracle Plum (Santa Rosa)
Curbside pickup and delivery.
Mission Wines (South Pasadena)
Not 100% natural but has a dedicated section of their inventory to biodynamic and natural wines. Offering will call, curbside pickup, and shipping. Ships throughout California and 45 states.
Curbside pickup and delivery
Salvaje Natural Wine Bar (Palo Alto)
Wine pick-up and for now 30% off of wines.
Tilda Wine (Echo Park, LA)
Domestic-based natural shop that for now is just doing take out instead of dine in. They’re using contact-less protocol. Oh, just ask them about that. Inquire about delivery.
Tofino Wines (San Francisco)
Open for retail 12-7 Tue-Sat and 12-5 Sunday, for now. Offering curbside pick-up, and free delivery in SF for $200+ minimum and special Shelter-in-Case packages. They like a phone call. (415) 872-5782
Vineyard Gate Selections (Milbrae)
Free ground shipping on web orders over $200 and store pickup.
Vin on Rose (Venice)
Still open, limiting people in shop. Can arrange curbside, but as yet, no delivery.
Female-focused (most of whom are natural) wine shop. tore pickup, shipping, and delivery only. Delivery or pick-up options are available through Caviar, and curbside pickup can be ordered over the phone, at 323.522.6713.
Vintage Berkeley (Berkeley)
All three shops are closed but in the meantime offering local home delivery and shipping to 42 states. $50 order minimum and $25 charge for orders under $150.
The Proper Pour (Denver)
Same day or next day delivery depending on the volume. We have also teamed up with local restaurants and a butcher shop to make our wine accessible for pickup all over the city.
Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe (Coral Gables)
Pushing its “Adult Milk Run Delivery Service.” Offering free same-night deliveries in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and South Miami for orders over $100 when you call or email the shop. Not exclusively natural, but some good options.
Pickup and delivery
A natural wine brother-duo offering curbside pickup and delivery within Marion County.
Nouvelle Bar and Bottle (Louisville)
Wine, beer, and spirits shop with a selection of natural. Can call for orders or pickup in shop.
Faubourg Wines (New Orleans)
Bar closed but open for retail. Also offering personal shopping service by phone with curbside pickup & daily delivery.
Helen’s Bottle Shop (Manchester-by-the-Sea)
A new shop offering a nice selection of naturals. Offering curbside pickup and free deliveries to nearby areas including Boston and Fed-Ex beyond. Monthly subscription offers too. Can DM to order.
Joppa Fine Foods (Newburyport)
Currently still open for customers to come in and purchase, but are also happy to offer curbside.
Trying to figure it out but so far deliveries, curbside, pickups.
Streetcar Wines (Jamaica Plain)
Free local delivery for all order over $30 placed online and over the phone.
The Hawthorn Bottle Shop & Tasting Room (Helena)
Wine bar forced to go retail. Call ahead and curbside.
Riverview Wine & Spirits (Jersey City)
Four customers allowed in shop at a time, frequent disinfections, offering free delivery all over Hudson County.
Bed-Vyne (Bed Stuy)
Open with reduced store hours from 12:00pm-7:00pm and delivery between 12:00pm and 6:30pm.
Bibber and Bell (Williamsburg)
As of now open every day (but check website or Instagram for more info on hours). Free delivery by car to most places in Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan and Western Queens and locally by bike from 2 pm-8 pm every day. Asking that people stick to a 6 bottle minimum for delivery.
Big Tree Bottles (Bushwick)
The shop is staying open with some modified hours and health protocols including 6 guests max in the shop at all times and debit/credit cards only.
Chambers Street Wines (Tribeca)
The home team, now open between 11-7, Monday-Saturday to take orders for delivery only.
Henry’s Wine & Spirit (E. Williamsburg)
One of the best shops around. Pickup only.
Hotel Delmano (Williamsburg)
A weekend sale! Hotel Delmano is offering 50% off their wine list. For pick up on Saturday & Sunday 12 pm -5 pm, do pre-order your wine. Hit that Hotel Delmano link and follow the menus to the wine menu. Make your choices and then email for order and perhaps questions to email@example.com. It sounds like an amazing deal to me. For the duration of this mess, the list will be updated on Thursday afternoons at 2 pm. Now go!
Kingston Wine Company (Kingston, Hudson Valley)
Curbside and delivery and delivery up to a 40-mile radius!
Leisir (Lower East Side)
Free neighborhood delivery, ask about drop-offs for residential buildings and extended Manhattan delivery.
Leon & Sons (Clinton Hill)
Pickup and delivery only.
Liquid Assets (Bed Stuy)
Offering delivery and pickup from 12:00-8:00 pm. Can order online, on their app, or by phone.
Navy Wine Merchants (Brooklyn Navy Yard, Bkyln)
Curbside, pickup, local delivery and shipping.
Nolita Wine Merchants (Nolita)
Still open during normal hours, also available for delivery.
Otway (Clinton Hill)
Offering takeout and retail wine shopping.
People’s Wine (LES)
Tiny shop offering curbside and delivery.
Roberta’s Takeaway (Bushwick)
Wines and takeaway will be available through Caviar and Seamless.
Sauvage Wines & Spirits (Greenpoint)
The restaurant Sauvage reinvented itself as a shop. Pick-up orders daily 3 pm to 7 pm and local free delivery tomorrow. All orders come with a free roll of toilet paper.
Smith & Vine (Park Slope)
Not exclusively natural but plenty to choose from, for curbside or delivery (7-days a week). Their site is also linked to Stinky’s so you can get your cheese on at the same time.
Spirit Animal (Williamsburg)
Open for now and delivering within Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Best is to place orders by phone.
Thirst Merchants (Fort Greene)
Shop is closed to walk-ins but is offering orders through their website, delivery via Postmates, or in-store pick-up between 3 and 6pm.
Upstream Wine & Spirits (Livingston Manor, Catskills)
Curbside pick-up, shipping in previously unserviced southern Catskills.
UVA Wine & Spirits (Williamsburg)
Veteran shop is currently open between 12-8. Strongly encouraging curbside and delivery.
Vanderbilt Wine Merchants (Prospect Heights)
Pickup and delivery only. Pickup hours are 3-6pm Tues-Sat. The cutoff is 1 pm for same-day pickup. And wine club as usual.
VinVero (Lower East Side)
Lots of zero/zero stuff and small producers. Call for delivery schedule.
Wild Common Wine (Andes)
Open for contact-free curbside pickups, free local deliveries, and shipping. E-commerce site coming but best now to call or email firstname.lastname@example.org to figure out which bottles you need.
Wine Hut (Greenwich Village)
Providing free local delivery through their app (thewinehut).
Wine Therapy (Nolita)
Offering curbside and delivery. Old fashioned phone call best.
Wino(t) (Crown Heights)
Delivery with 10% off.
York Cellars (Dumbo)
Curbside and local delivery.
22 2nd St. Wine Co. (Troy)
Offering local delivery by Vespa locally in Troy, NY within 10 a mile radius (free within a 3 mile redius), as well as pickup.
Louella Wine (Durham)
Jackson’s Corner (Bend)
Offering takeout food, bottle sales and curbside pickup. Online shopping and delivery not offered yet but in the works so stay tuned.
Kimball’s Artisan Wines (Jacksonville)
Curbside and free delivery in town. Free shipping in Oregon with 6 bottle purchase.
E & R Wines (Portland)
Limited hours. Curbside, local shipping (for now). No CC card signatures needed.
Bar Norman (Portland)
Launching weekly pick-ups starting the week of 3/23 as well as maintaining our wine club subscriptions through the closure.
Fishtown Social (Fishtown)
Bar is closed but open for wine pickup and (some) delivery. More info on IG.
Campus Fine Wines (Providence)
Order for curbside, pick-up and delivery.
Lula Drake (Columbia)
Restaurant and bar are closed but offering takeout and UPS shipping for wine across the country. Also offering “Deep Dive into the Cellar” series of vintage and rare wines at discount, more details on their Instagram.
Monarch Wine Merchants (Charlestown)
The state has not been cooperative! “While delivery of any alcohol is prohibited in the state of SC, we have been, and will continue to offer curbside pickup until further notice.”
Bar & Garden (Dallas)
Currently for in-store shopping, curbside pick up and delivery.
Little Death Wine (San Antonio)
Staying open offering bottles to stay or go (with a $10 discount), preorder available, at 4 pm every day.
LoLo Wine (Austin)
Operating as retail-only now, also offering curbside service. Delivery coming soon.
The Heights Grocer (Houston)
Waco Wine Shoppe (Waco)
Shop is open with modified hours and bottle-only for now. Also offering curbside pickup as well as free same-day local delivery for 6 or more bottles.
Restaurant is closed but wine shop is staying open daily 12-5pm (except Tuesday). Can also place orders over the phone or by email.
Offering curb-side pick up and free delivery for food and wine within 5 miles of Burlington. Deliveries happen between 3-6pm Monday-Saturday. Additionally they ship wine across the country and offer 3 different wine clubs. Best to call or email for orders.
Courthouse Creek Cidery (Maidens)
Small cidery using natural and organic practices offering online shipping. Will also deliver throughout Virginia.
Bayleaf (Whidbey Island)
Store open with limited hours. Offering delivery and curbside service too.
Free wine delivery in greater city. DM on Instagram for more.
Cult of the Vine (Melbourne)
Australia-wide shipping. Free door-to-door locally, for those quarantining and self-isolating, as well as offering curbside pick-ups
PNV Wine Merchants (Sydney)
Mike Bennie’s shop is still filled with piss and vinegar. Shop in or delivery.
Wine and the Country (Daylesford, Victoria)
Delivery or curbside pick-up
Shop is closed but still available for deliveries in town by cargobike or outside Vienna by carrier. No online shop yet. But price list on their page.
Vino Nudo (Vienna)
Small natural wine importer based in Vienna running an online shop with shipping for all of Europe (besides quarantined zones).
Shop is closed but online shop is still open. More info on their website and Instagram.
Bereverino (São Paulo)
Small natural wine bar and shop still open for service with limited seating.
Le Diplomate (Montreal)
Restaurant and natural wine bar in Montreal that is offering a take away menu as well as 20% discount off their wine list (25% off 6 bottles or more).
While in quarantine, Bocas Moradas is distributing and delivering small-producer wine across Chile.
Wine Geek (Prague)
Prague-based natural importer selling wine online and shipping to all European countries (except Italy).
Right now they offer free delivery nationwide here in Denmark, through their web shop partner.
Klint Vin (CPH)
Free shipping in Copenhagen with orders of more than 6 bottle.
Osterreich Vin (CPH)
Wine shop open as usual. Offering 6 bottle minimum deliveries Wednesdays and Fridays.
Terroiristen Vinbar & Butik (CPH)
Bar closed due to COVID-19, now open as a shop, 6 days a week. They also have a web shop for ordering and delivery.
Vin de Table (CPH)
Open for business and bike delivery.
On-line wine shop, bike delivery locally. Shipping through Scandinavia.
Small wine shop focusing on natural, hidden and forgotten grapes. Still open as usual and offering delivery within CPH by bike free of charge for a case or more.
Cave La Goutte des Gatines (20th Arrondissement, Paris)
Wine shop with a selection of natural and biodynamic, remaining open with limited hours Monday through Saturday. Can also pre-order for pickup or delivery. Email for more info.
Chardon (Arles) and La Mercerie (Marseille)
The sommeliers at these two restaurants are organizing “wine packs” where they each respectively organize a selection of wines to be delivered to customers’ doorsteps ‘sans contact.’ These deliveries will also be facilitated by and support two local bike-delivery companies.
Retour Verre Le Futur (Biarritz)
Will be doing local low emissions delivery with our little Toyota hybrid. Shop will be opened by appointment.
Jaja Wine Bar (Berlin)
Natural wine bar closed for now but with an open online shop offering shipping within the EU and a 10% discount on all orders.
Origine Kiosque (Munich)
Natural wine shop remaining open. Also offering free home delivery within Munich and 10% off 6 bottles or more when buying in the shop.
Vinoteca Maxima (Kehl)
Shop near the border of France. Shipping for free for now.
Angolo Vinoso (Amsterdam)
Shop is still open with normal hours, but subject to change. Webshop is in the works, but for now can order via email.
Blije Wijnen (Rotterdam)
Online shop, delivery to the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Troppo Giovane (Amsterdam)
New shop, caught dead in the tracks. Order for delivery, in addition, they’re doing a 6-pack for a 100 euros delivered within Amsterdam’s ring.
Recently had to shutter restaurant, now completely on-line sales. Free delivery in the Netherlands with more than 3 bottles.
Giaconda Wine Library (Tel Aviv)
Shop with a natural emphasis is closed but for now, offering deliveries.
Enoteca Solaria (Siracusa, Sicily)
Shop is closed but now offering home-delivery within Siracusa and shipping across Europe.
One of my friend’s favorite local restaurants, selling their wine at 20% off with takeout.
Solovino Enoteca (Rome)
Still open as well as offering city-wide delivery and worldwide shopping.
Joseph DiBlasi moved to Poland, started natural wine there. Call for delivery schedule. Local deliveries by bike when possible and deliveries throughout Poland with TNT. Credit Card only.
Black Sheep Lisboa Natural Wine Bar and Shop (Lisbon)
All Portuguese wine shop. Bottles discounted 20% and an extra 10%. discount for orders of 6 or more. Sales are pre-orders only, to be picked up at the shop or there are delivery options.
Rebel Rebel (Lisbon)
Making bi-weekly deliveries to greater Lisbon and offering pre-order pickup. All bottles will be 20€ and delivery is free.
Spry Wines (Edinburgh)
Natural-only bar and wine shop, still open for business and offering bike-deliveries.
Al Sur de Granada (Granada)
While their natural wine bar is closed, their shop is open and selling wine, organic vegetables, cheeses, sourdough, and other pantry stuff.
Bottle and Jug Dept. (Worthing)
Small shop specializing in natural wines and craft beers. Open as usual now. Offering UK-wide delivery via DHL and free delivery within the Worthing area.
Substrata Wines (Norwich Market)
A new, small start up specializing in organic, biodynamic and natural wines staying open at their stall in Norwich Market. Additionally they are offering free local delivery for orders over £30 and can deliver nationwide for £9.95 via their online shop.