After completing my last post on the 5 Best Online Delivery Services in British Columbia, Canada, many people reached out to me to share that they were also delivering. Here are ways you can support our local industry better; by increasing ‘direct to consumer’ orders that are placed straight to the winery. Below are 6 ways to order BC and Canadian wine online.
Here's the 6 best ways to order BC and Canadian wine online!
*** revised September 21, 2020. This is now 5 ways to order BC and Canadian wine online as one of the websites changed.
1. Wine Align
Wine Align provides reviews of all the wines that the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) sells. For those of you who don’t know, the LCBO is the largest wine buyer in the world!
Wine Align released the ‘Great Canadian Wine Exchange’ where their top experts curate a mixed case of Canadian wine. You choose which region you want to taste between British Columbia, Niagara Peninsula, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward County and they will pick their favourites from these and mail them to you.
This site is great for ordering Canadian wine in a set collection that has been tasted and approved from the top wine experts in the country. If you want to choose the bottles of wine yourself, scroll down to the next section about My Wine Canada.
As Wine Align coordinates shipments to all over the country, pricing is variable. As the wine is packaged together in Ontario, the closer you are to that province, the cheaper shipment is.
Still, shipping costs are VERY reasonable through WineAlign. If you would like to see what the shipping costs are for your location, click on this link here.
2. My Wine Canada
This site is super cool simply because you can order BC and Canadian wine from anywhere. It’s a ‘choose your own adventure’ where you can find wines from as far east as Benjamin Bridge sparkling wine from Nova Scotia, to Tawse Winery in Niagara Peninsula and across the country to as far west as Unsworth Vineyards on Vancouver Island ! My Wine Canada also operates a monthly wine club where you will receive 2-3 bottles of wine per month that come with with tasting notes and pairing suggestions.
It’s not just wine, you can order wine and liquor from wineries and distilleries all over Canada! I will say, out of all of the websites I’ve uncovered in my research for these last 2 posts about online wine orders, My Wine Canada has the best site for making your search easy.
Scrolling your mouse over ‘Wineries’ in the top menu brings a drop down menu of all of the wineries available on the site. Clicking on ‘Type’ in the top menu brings you to an excellent section of the website where you browse through grape varieties with descriptions of the wine styles that Canada makes. Furthermore, the ‘keyword’ search bar is quite intuitive.
Sometimes, the wineries will place a minimum requirement of 3 bottles for your purchase but the site will let you know as soon as you click to purchase.
Because wines are shipped all over Canada, prices are variable and will be calculated at the time of purchase.
British Columbia Wine
Many wineries offered online delivery well before the Covid crisis. Some of them are now sweetening the deal with special offers.
Here are some links to make your search to order BC and Canadian wine easier.
3. Swirl Wine Store, Vancouver (Yaletown)
Located in trendy Yaletown, Swirl is known for providing guests with sit-down tasting flights of British Columbia (BC) wine with food pairings. They focus on small and medium sized BC wineries and they have many of my favourite producers in their collection.
Swirls website has fast loading times and each wine comes with a detailed description of how the wine smells and tastes.
The easiest way to look for wines on this site it so search by grape variety or by producer. Otherwise, you can simply scroll through the pages to view the products.
The best thing about Swirl, is my marvelous friend Barb aka ‘Good Wine Gal’ writes the tasting notes for their wines. If you would like to see her recommendations or purchase curated packs of wine, you can do that here.
There is a small drawback to the searching process on Swirl’s site; there’s no drop down menu to view products by grape variety or producer. This would be a nice option to make the search faster. Instead, you either need to know the producer you are looking for, or know the grape variety you want. Otherwise, you may click through all the pages to peruse products.
- free if you live in Vancouver (see above) if you order 4 or more bottles
- free to White Rock and Richmond with the purchase of 6 or more bottles
- prices vary as it is calculated by weight and shipped by Canada Post. However, the system will calculate it for you on the spot. There are options to pay more for Priority post.
4. Town Hall Brands
Town Hall Brands is a marketing agency who represents some of the best British Columbia wineries. They put together an infographic that details the shipping policies of three BC wineries. I thought I would include this here.
And look, Okanagan Crush Pad offers free sanitizer when you order at the winery!
Infographic: Courtesy of Town Hall Brands
Need to order BC wine online from Vancouver Island? Check out this option below.
5. Need Isolation Drinks
Wine Delivery: same day in Victoria and ships to the rest of the province
After I sent out my last post on the 5 Best Online Wine Delivery Services in BC, Need Isolation Drinks reached out to me via Twitter to let me know they were available.
For those of you unfamiliar with Victoria, Need Isolation Drinks started as a project working out of Spinnakers Gastro Pub and Guest House. Spinnakers gained fame by serving locally sourced food, homemade beer and BC wine.
Need Isolation Drinks sells wine, beer, cider, and spirits – which are all made in BC! And while they don’t have the largest selection, they have a well curated selection of small producers from British Columbia. Horray for small producers! There’s also the option to order a cheese selection to go with your vino.
Need Isolation Drinks has free delivery if you purchase over $100 and it’s only $3 if you live within 10 km. When the delivery charge costs more, they text you to let you know before they deliver.
The best thing about Need Isolation Drinks… they deliver on the same day in the Victoria area.
- free if you purchase $100
- $3 if spend under $100 and live within 10 km
- free online wine delivery and shipping to anywhere in BC when you order over $200 + tax
- $15 flat rate for everything else
- the law requires a person of legal age to be physically at the address when the product arrives in order to receive it. Couriers and Canada Post are not allowed to leave liquor at your doorstep
- you must be 19 years of age or older (in BC) and present id when wine and alcohol are delivered