FAQ Page

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World Wines at Home is owned and operated by Rob Shafar. To learn more, visit the About page.

Because wine shipping laws vary from state to state, World Wines at Home cannot ship to every state. Currently, we cannot ship to Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia. Wine shipping laws are always changing. If you live in a state that we do not currently ship to and would like to be informed as laws change or other ways that we might get your wine delivered to you please contact us. For more shipping information, view our Shipping Policy.

We calculate shipping charges on each transaction. These charges, or lack thereof, are based on the following:

  1. An order needs to be packaged and shipped by Fed Ex, according to the Fed Ex published rates.
  2. An order is picked up at our physical store in Renton, Washington.
  3. An order totals $200 or more may be delivered free to a location within our delivery area from Tacoma to Everett, including Seattle and the Eastside.

For more shipping information, view our Shipping Policy.

If you live near our physical location, you can qualify for local pickup instead of shipping. We will prepare your order and hold it until you can come to our location and pick up your order. Please be advised that the purchaser will need to present an ID to verify ownership and age. For more shipping information, view our Shipping Policy.

An order totaling $200 or more may be delivered free to a location within our delivery area from Tacoma to Everett, including Seattle and the Eastside in Washington State. Currently, this process is not automated online. If you want to place a qualifying order and take advantage of free delivery, please contact us.

We will only ship wine with weather permitting, in order to ensure safe delivery.  In cases of extreme heat or cold, we will hold shipping orders until weather permits. Thank you for your understanding.

Remember to allow 7 to 14 days for receipt of your order. If your wine hasn’t arrived by 14 days after the date of order, please contact us. Be sure to reference your order number.

No. World Wines at Home is committed to not selling wine to minors from our website. If you are under 21 please do not attempt to order from this site. All orders will require that the purchaser produce picture ID upon delivery. No exceptions. This is for your protection as well as ours.

Sales tax is calculated according to the shipping address to which the order is sent, regardless of point of origin. If a customer has opted for local pickup instead of shipping, then sales tax will be calculated based on the address of our physical location.

World Wines at Home may collect some information about you in order to serve you better. This may include anonymous browsing history through the use of cookies. We also collect data about purchase history, credit card information, billing address, shipping addresses and email address when you create an account on our website.

Any data we collect is kept confidential, and will not be sold to or shared with another party. Any information you provide directly to any of our affiliates will be subject to their privacy policies, terms and conditions.

For more information, view our Privacy Policy.

We take all reasonable precaution to ensure your wine arrives safely and undamaged. We use appropriate packaging, and we avoid shipping wine during extreme weather conditions to avoid spoilage. If your wine order arrives physically damaged or otherwise spoiled, please contact us. Be sure to reference your order number.

Wine Faults

In wine tasting, there is a distinction made between what is considered a flaw and a fault. Wine flaws are minor attributes that depart from what are perceived as normal wine characteristics. These include excessive sulfur dioxide, volatile acidity, Brettanomyces or “Brett aromas” and diacetyl or buttery aromas. The amount to which these aromas or attributes become excessive is dependent on the particular tastes and recognition threshold of the wine taster. Generally, a wine exhibiting these qualities is still considered drinkable by most people. However, some flaws such as volatile acidity and Brettanomyces can be considered a fault when they are in such an excess that they overwhelm other components of the wine. Wine faults are generally major attributes that make a wine undrinkable to most wine tasters. Examples of wine faults include acetaldehyde (except when purposely induced in wines like Sherry and Rancio), ethyl acetate and cork taint.

–From Wikipedia

“Corked” Wine
A wine is considered “corked” when it suffers from “cork taint.” Cork taint occurs when a chemical called trichloroanisole (TCA) is introduced to the wine, usually from the cork. Estimates vary, but anywhere between 1% and 10% of wines may suffer from cork taint (not including synthetic closures and screw caps, which do not carry TCA). This results with a musty smell often described as moldy newspaper, wet dog, damp cloth, or damp basement. This will also mute the flavors of the wine, making it unpalatable, though not dangerous to consume.

The odors of cork taint are not to be confused with certain aromatics that are typical of many varietals and winemaking practices. A wine is not necessarily corked or faulty merely because it doesn’t match your preferred flavor profile. Aromas and flavors you find unpalatable may be intentional according to the winemaker’s style and grape variety.

If you feel your wine suffers from cork taint or other fault, please contact us.