For those who can't make it to a Virginia winery before Christmas and New Years, we have put together a handy list of wineries that offer online shipping. All wineries ship within Virginia, and some now ship to Maryland (DC and Delaware are not "wine via mail" friendly). Check the websites for other states they ship to. New York, California, Washington, Texas and Illinois have very flexible wine shipping laws.
Some wineries contract their online service with an outfit called "Vino Shipper." Some may find that process easy, but we found the website complicated and it was just another log-in and password to create. We prefer to order directly from the winery.
Shipping costs can be high--try to order at least three bottles (some wineries won't even ship individual bottle orders). Check the websites for specials (like free shipping if you order a case or half case).
Here are ten favorites with a user-friendly online ordering system:
Cardinal Point Winery
Flying Fox Vineyard
King Family Vineyards
White Hall Vineyards