Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, holiday celebrations may be on hold this year, but that does not mean you can virtually share a glass with friends and family this festive season. Services such as Drizly and Minibar provide same-day delivery in selected U.S. regions for beer, wine, and spirits, making it simpler than ever to give your loved ones their drink of choice to enjoy while sitting by the pool.
Under Covid-19 protocols, where can you look now for alcoholic beverages? It depends on how fast you need them and how selective a consumer you are.
Under the Protocols of Covid-19, where will you look for alcoholic drinks now? It depends on how quickly you need them and how selective you are as a buyer. Retail wine sales have shot up since much of the nation started living under coronavirus quarantine. According to Nielsen, wine sales in dollars were up 66 percent in the week ending March 21, from the same week a year earlier, according to the latest data available.
This is relative because nobody is going out to restaurants, and profits have changed. But it also represents the mood of a population that is nervous, restless, and, indeed, bored, who alternately see wine as fun, warmth, or therapy. Shopping is normally out of the question in supermarkets. So, most of those orders are for delivery or pickup.
It has become a major trend last year to have wine, beer, champagne, and booze shipped, and that is for a good reason. If you need some Valentine’s Day liquor or champagne delivered — and you certainly do — there are some reliable alcohol delivery systems to make things easier.
While it was once unheard of to order alcohol online, now it is simpler than ever. Depending on your needs, there are various websites to turn to, such as direct-to-consumer wine sites (such as Wine Insiders, Wine.com, Firstleaf, and Winc), distribution from local liquor stores (via Drizly or Minibar), direct shipping from wineries, and even online ordering of wine from many of your favorite grocery stores.
Think of it as a learning experience:
Online wine shopping is ideally suited to those who already know exactly what they want, or at least have a pretty good idea. Take your time doing your homework if you don't know what you want to order.
Price: Expensive doesn’t mean better.
A common misconception is that, as it becomes more costly, wine is of greater quality. This is not the case, however. "To find a good bottle of wine, you do not have to spend boatloads of money," Hoel emphasizes. Your best choice when shopping online is to concentrate on wines in the $8 to $20 range. Wines are called 'premium wines' within this price point, which means they are usually high quality, tasty wines that won't break the bank.'
The good news is that after a time of high demand and touch and go delivery schedules, there is plenty of wine, beer, and alcohol delivery services that are open for business and now running at peak operation.