The weeks following Chinese New Year can be rough-- it's cold, gray, and people are generally in a sour mood, wishing they were back on the beach sipping cocktails. We hear you. Luckily, there's something to make the transition a little easier: wine delivery services. So go ahead, cozy up in your pajamas, crank the heat and sip on top-quality wines from around the world. Soon enough you won't even miss that island bungalow (at least, not as much). Here's where to get your fix:
This company is leading the way for wine safety and traceability, and we are personally thrilled about it. Each bottle's origin is guaranteed by Auchan (one of the biggest European wine retailers), and is labled with a QR code. Scan the code to visit Auchan's website to get information on the bottle and purchase, or share your tasting experience with the Auchanwines community by rating the wine or writing a comment. In addition to more than 100 wines, the website also sells accessories (glasses, wine openers, decanters, etc.), whiskey and Chinese alcohol, if you're so inclined. Order before 10am and receive your delivery before 6pm (every day). Pay with credit card, Alipay, Wechat Wallet, Unionpay or cash.
www.auchanwines.com, WeChat ID: auchanwine
Probably the fastest way to get wine without leaving the house, BottlesXO promises to deliver quality wine and beer in 60 minutes or less; however, we usually get ours in under 30. The bottles come chilled, at the perfect drinking temperature, and in a nifty reusable wine bag (that you can return for money if you want). The app and website both list information on the vineyards (which company reps have visited), food pairing information and their own opinions on taste and flavor profiles. Order between 2pm and 12am (12pm-12am on Saturday and Sunday), track via GPS, and you'll be greeted by the friendliest delivery guys in town. There's no delivery fee, and you can pay with PayPal, credit card, WeChat Wallet, Alipay or cash.
Founded by self-described “French wine geeks,” Fancy Cellar touts itself as a "personal web and mobile wine assistant." In fact, the website even has a live chat in order to get help with your purchase. Search for award-winning bottles, by score and ratings, origins, and type of grapes. You can also choose from a selection of beers and spirits. Deliveries happen within 24 hours and cost ¥10 for orders under ¥500 and can be paid via WeChat, Alipay or PayPal. Follow their WeChat account to find out about flash sales, wine tasting events or to "share your love of wine."
www.fancycellar.com/en, WeChat ID: FancyCellar
With a large selection of highly rated wines (most at least 90/100 from reputable wine critics) and a majority being bio dynamic or ecological, First Cellars is a way for wine snobs to get good bottles for good prices. One of the founders is a sommelier and is in charge of all beverage selections, ranging from wine (of course) to whiskey, rum, vodka, gin, tequila, beer, etc. The website and WeChat store both boast some pretty great promotions to buy wine in bulk, or in packs of three. There is also a "gifts" section, with fancy wooden boxes on offer, as well as wine + wine glass sets. Delivery is available every day of the week except Sunday, and customers can choose delivery days and times within three time slots (morning, afternoon or evening, starting at 9am and finishing at 9pm). You can pay by cash, credit card, Alipay and Unionpay.
www.firstcellars.com , WeChat ID: firstcellars
Probably the cheapest option of the bunch, Lao-wines has bottles for as little as ¥47. The company says it is able to offer such low prices because of their ability to import in bulk directly from the vineyards, with more than two million bottles imported in 2013. Delivery is free for six bottles or more (¥20 for fewer than that). Order before 3pm for next-day delivery, or pay ¥150 for same-day service. All payment is on delivery, and you can pay by cash or Unionpay.
Boasting a selection of 800 wines, Pudao Wines on Ferguson Lane is probably on the radar of most Shanghai winos. What you might not have known, however, is that the storefront also has an extensive website, offering customers the ability to search by style, grape, color, region and price range, and offers free delivery within 24-48 hours for orders of ¥500 and up, or ¥30 for orders under ¥500. Standard delivery service is available from Monday to Sunday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-1pm, 2pm-6pm. Bottle prices run the gamut from ¥55 to ￥4800, and members (¥300 fee) can receive 10 percent off in-store purchases, in-store tastings and event invitations. Payments can be made on the website through Alipay or PayPal, or you can pay with cash upon delivery.
A clever play on words, Shanghai9, or "Shàng Hǎi Jiǔ" (上海酒) uses the number nine "Jiǔ" (九) in place of wine or alcohol "Jiǔ" (酒). Carrying wine, beer and cider, as well as a variety of high end vodkas, gin, rum, tequilas and liqueurs, this company provides everything you need to stock your bar or prep for a major party. Orders can be made online or via telephone between 11am and 8pm Monday-Saturday, and are usually delivered the same day for a flat fee of ¥20, or free for orders over ¥500. You can pay by cash, Alipay, PayPal or bank transfer. The best part about this company is that they will refund you three times the purchase price if you receive a non-authenticated product, and will launch a full investigation.
www.Shanghai9.com, Tel: 135-641-90998
While The French Cellar does provide wine delivery through its online shop (arrival within three working days), what makes this company special is its unique membership program, which surprises you with two bottles each month, expertly selected by legendary sommelier Nicolas Rebut. Choose from three membership types: Vineyard Gems (from ¥394), Tasting Voyage (from ¥748) and Grand Crus (from ¥1,645), available in one, three, and six-month packages. Detailed information on the vineyard and notes from the sommelier on taste, smell and pairings is available on the website--a great tool for budding wine enthusiasts.