How wine shipping works
You will be visiting and possibly buying from a number of different wineries during your wine-buying trip, therefore you will open a « Group account » with Côte d’Or Imports. This will enable them to group together and consolidate your purchases for shipment back to the States. The individual wine-makers will charge and invoice you ex-VAT (less the 20% VAT) for your purchases from them (minimum order 6 bottles) and then forward the order form and the invoice to Côte d’Or Imports. At the end of your wine-buying trip, Côte d’Or Import will be in possession of all your purchase orders and will bill you for the shipment and insurance costs. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from the US team when your order has been processed in France. One cannot mix bottles and magnums. Partial cases will be calculated to the next highest bottle count for billing purposes.
All individual wine orders are grouped together into shipments that depart from France approximately once a month, more frequently in the spring and fall. The shipment is then cleared through customs (in Oregon for delivery to the western half of the country and New Jersey for the eastern half) and delivered to you via ground delivery. Timing for delivery depends upon when your order is placed, when we receive it in our French warehouse and when the last shipment departed. Therefore, lead times for delivery can range from 4 to 8 weeks from the time we have your wines in our possession in France.