Every time I think I have a handle on this business I find out how wrong I am.
December 5 may well be the conservative "get it done" date for distant gift recipients, but there's more slack for those who live in or near the Golden State. (I apologize for any panic I may have created among holiday shoppers whose Sangiovese-loving friends live on the the right coast.) But it sure was fun having my own version of Black Friday today, a Monday well past Thanksgiving. Thanks, all!
Leave enough time...
OK, I admit I'm hitting the panic button about the holidays a bit earlier than usual.
There's nothing quite so flat as a holiday gift that arrives on December 26 (believe me, I know). Therefore, we're recommending, perhaps conservatively, that December 5 is likely to be the last safe date to send a gift and have it arrive in time. This is based on expert advice that one can normally expect a ground shipment to take 7-10 business days – in other words, two weeks. During the holidays, high volumes slow normal service considerably.
So if your excellent plan is to make someone who loves Sangiovese very happy this year, please let us know soon.