Collection & Shipping


In-Store Pick-Up
Clients may collect wines from our retail store. Please select “In Store Pickup” at checkout.

Orders will generally be available for pick-up the following business day.  Please specify date of collection at checkout.

Orders must be collected within 48 hours of specified collection date with no exceptions, after which time the wines will be transferred to our warehouse and we reserve the right to assess a $50 transfer fee, or cancel the order at our discretion.


New York State
Delivery Fee Waved on all purchases of $175 or more for deliveries below 125th street. 

For purchases under $175, there is a $35 delivery fee.

Orders for delivery in Manhattan will generally be processed and delivered the following business day.  Special delivery instructions should be made when placing your order.

In New York State (Outside Manhattan)
Shipping via FedEx for all purchases– shipping rates provided at checkout

Interstate shipping
Sotheby's Wine may ship to states that allow direct retailer shipments and where Sotheby’s Wine has appropriate permits. We currently ship to California, Florida, Idaho, New Hampshire, Oregon and Washington DC and may be expanding the number of states in the future. By requesting that your purchase be shipped to one of these states, you authorize Sotheby's Wine to engage a common carrier to deliver your wine on your behalf. Most have restrictions on the amount of wine that can be shipped, while some states prohibit alcohol shipments altogether, and we urge you to investigate your state's regulations before purchasing wine from the site.

If your state does not allow direct retailer shipments, we will be unable to ship your purchase. Please contact our shipping team to discuss the options that are available. Sotheby's Wine makes no representation to the legal rights of anyone to ship or import alcoholic beverages into any state.

All purchases, including shipping, tax, and any additional charges must be paid for in full prior to delivery.  Our acknowledgment of an order is not a guarantee that we will ultimately be able to ship wine to you. If we are unable to ship wine to the state you request, we will notify you.

New Hampshire
Sotheby's Wine has a permit to ship up to sixty bottles of wine per client address per year, and we are obliged to collect an 8% fee on all wine purchases shipped into the state of New Hampshire.

Estimated Shipping Rates
Estimated shipping rates are provided at checkout based on shipping address, shipping method, number of bottles/cases and their respective weights.  We will send you an order confirmation which includes actual shipping charges and shipment tracking number.  All orders for delivery outside of Manhattan will be repacked in shipping containers to protect your wines while in transit.  Our shipping rates include the cost of packing materials.

International Orders
We accept international orders, and can provide a quote for international shipping upon request. Please note that there may be additional duties, taxes, and tariffs based on your destination country. Contact us by phone or by email for more information.

Sales Tax
New York and California sales tax is charged on all purchases picked up in New York or delivered to New York and California, regardless of the state or country in which the purchaser resides or does business, unless Sotheby's Wine has been given, in advance of the release of the property, a valid exemption from taxes by the State of New York.


Property Management Fee
A Property Management fee is charged at a rate of 1.5% of the purchase price for all domestic shipments, and 2.5% of the purchase price for all international shipments, and covers any loss due to breakage or theft that may occur while your order is in the possession of a common carrier. It does not cover damage resulting from extreme hot or cold temperatures during transit.

If you opt to decline coverage this releases Sotheby's Wine of all liability associated with breakage or loss that may occur to your order during shipment.

If you have opted for property management coverage and you receive purchased property that has been broken during transit, you must notify Sotheby's Wine immediately.  In the event of non-arrival, you must inform Sotheby's Wine in writing within three days of expected delivery so that we may process your claim.

Legal age requirement
Wines and other alcoholic beverages may be sold and delivered only to persons over the age of 21. By ordering from this website, you affirm that you are at least 21 years old.  All first time purchasers will be asked to provide a copy of a valid form of identification to be faxed or emailed to us for our records.  All alcoholic beverages that we ship on your behalf must be received and signed for by an adult 21 years old. If the wine is returned to us for failure to provide positive proof of age, the client is responsible for paying all related shipping charges.

Unfavorable Weather Conditions
Shipping fine and rare wine requires special care. Shipping during periods of extreme heat or cold can damage wine.  We encourage you to select FedEx Overnight or FedEx 2Day as your shipping method during the winter or summer months, in order to reduce the likelihood of weather-related damage to your wine. In winter and summer we generally do not ship Thursdays or Fridays, unless Thursday orders for overnight service, since carriers hold shipments over the weekends in their warehouses, where storage conditions may not be ideal. We will not ship your wine during times of extreme temperature at our warehouse location or your shipping address. Instead, your wine will be held at our temperature-controlled warehouse or at our store at no additional charge until the weather is suitable for shipping. During the summer or winter months, shipment of your wine may be delayed for several weeks or longer.  If you decide to ship your wine regardless of the weather, please contact us to authorize shipment.  We will provide you with a weather waiver to sign and return to us.  If you choose to ship during extreme weather conditions you assume all responsibility for possible weather-related damage.

Order Processing Time
Orders are generally processed and shipped the following business day, but there are occasions where shipments will be delayed.  Special shipping requests, i.e. rush orders, international shipping, shipment of original wood cases, etc., should be made by phone or email.

Original Wooden Cases (owc)
If wines are packed in original wooden cases we will automatically ship them via FedEx Ground at the buyer’s expense.  If you do not want your owc’s shipped, please select “Do not ship wooden cases” at checkout.  Shipping costs vary according to shipping method, weight, and destination.