This website is owned and operated by Classic Wine Storage LLC, doing business as Classic Wine Storage and Services, Classic Wine Merchants and any other related entities (collectively, "Classic").
Free registration on this website provides the ability to store frequently used information such as personal information used to speed check-out.
Upon registration, User must provide a working email address and a password. User, or user's authorized representative, must ensure that these remain confidential at all times and agrees that User is solely and entirely responsible for all activities which occur under User email address and password. User must notify Classic immediately if User becomes aware of any unauthorized use of User email address and password. Each User email address and password must be used by a single user and/or User's authorized representative(s) and is not transferable. Classic may suspend or terminate access to an account if it suspects unauthorized or improper use.
As a condition of use of this website, User expressly agrees not to use the website or other Internet services provided by Classic for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms. User agrees to abide by all applicable local, state, national, and international laws and regulations. User agrees that User is solely responsible for all acts or omissions that occur under User's account including the content of transmissions through Classic's service.
Without Classic's prior written consent User may not reproduce, distribute, modify, create or display derivative works based on, repost or otherwise use the content of this website. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as conceding any license or right under any copyright or other intellectual property right.
User agrees not to:
Classic reserves the right to monitor, review, retain, and/or disclose any information necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or legitimate governmental request.
Classic has not reviewed all of the sites that are linked to this website and is not responsible for the content of any off-site pages or any other sites linked to this website. User's linking to any other off-site pages or other sites is strictly at User's own risk.
Classic reserves the right to terminate access to Classic services and websites at any time. In such event: 1) User is no longer authorized to access Classic; 2) User will continue to be subject to and bound by all restrictions imposed on User by these Terms; and 3) All licenses granted by User and all disclaimers by Classic and limitations of Classic's liability set out in these Terms or elsewhere on Classic's websites or documentation will survive.
If User is dissatisfied with any portion of the service, or with any of these Terms, User's sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the website. This Agreement is effective until terminated by either party.
Legal Age Requirement
Wines may be purchased and delivered only to a person who is at least 21 years old in the U.S or such other minimum age as is required in non U.S. jurisdictions ("Legal Age"). Customer represents that: (1) Customer is at least of Legal Age; and (2) the person to whom any wine will be delivered is also of Legal Age. At the time of delivery, any domestic U.S. shipment arranged by Classic containing an alcohol beverage product will require the signature of an adult possessing identification proving he or she is at least 21 years old. Further U.S. law requires that no delivery shall be made to a visibly intoxicated person.
Confirmation of Wine Purchases
For wine currently available for purchase, Customer may order online, over the phone, or by sending an email. However, no order shall be considered confirmed until Customer has fully paid by credit card (or made other arrangements) and received an email or other written confirmation.
When Title (Ownership) Passes From Classic to Customer
Title to, and ownership of, all wine passes from seller to buyer in the State of Texas, and buyer takes all responsibility for shipping the wine from Texas to his or her home state. By placing an order, buyer authorizes seller to act on buyers behalf in arranging for transportation of the wine at the buyer's direction. Alternatively, buyer may choose to pick up the wine at seller's location, or make independent shipping arrangements. Sales tax will be applied based on the seller's location. Seller makes no representation as to the legal rights of anyone to ship or import any wines, alcoholic beverages or other goods into any state. The buyer is solely responsible for the shipment of wine and other goods purchased and for determining the legality and the tax/duty consequences of having the wine and other goods shipped to the applicable destination.
Order and Purchase Cancellations
Orders cancelled prior to title passing to Customer will be charged a 20% fee on the value of a cancelled order. If title has already been transferred to Customer (including to Customer's storage account), a purchase is not cancellable.
Pre-arrivals and Futures Purchases
Wine sold by Classic may be offered on a pre-arrivals or futures basis. This means that Classic is not yet in physical possession of the wine at the time it is sold to Customer, even though Classic has a purchase commitment with a supplier that matches its sale to Customer. Most wines normally arrive within a few months of the purchase with some notable exceptions such as newly offered Bordeaux futures which may arrive as much as 2-3 years after they are initially offered. Upon the arrival of the wine and a satisfactory inspection by Classic, Classic will update the order status automatically and trigger an email notification to Customer.
The estimated time for a pre-arrival wine to arrive is displayed on the website when ordering. The time period indicated represents our best estimate based on information provided to us by our suppliers at the time of Classic's purchase or subsequently. Occasionally, the original estimate may be extended based on new information we receive. We understand this can be frustrating but Classic does not control all variables which affect timing of delivery. For example, a producer may defer a release beyond its original anticipated date. Please be assured that delivery of your wine is guaranteed (see our guarantee of pre-arrival delivery). However, Classic shall not be liable for Customer expenses caused by delivery delays (e.g., credit card finance charges) as no promise of delivery by a given date can be made with certainty.
Guarantee of Pre-arrival Delivery
It may occur that a supplier of Classic is unable to deliver the quantity or bottle sizes originally sold to Classic which it has then sold to Customer. From the date such a supplier default is determined, Classic guarantees it will attempt to repurchase the wine from another source (for up to three months) to fulfill its commitment to Customer. If, however, Customer wishes to cancel the order without waiting for a replacement to be found, or Classic is unable to source the wine within 3 months at a total cost equal to or below the original retail price paid by Customer, Classic will refund the original amount paid, including applicable sales taxes (without any cancellation fee applied). This guarantee does not apply to delays in pre-arrival deliveries as expected arrival dates provided at the time of purchase are only Classic's best estimates.
While Classic shall make a diligent effort (including physical inspection) to assess the condition of any wine it sells, it is not possible to know the complete provenance of every wine, especially older vintages. However, Classic's wine guarantee and returns policy provides you with protection for your purchase.
Price Changes and Availability
All prices associated with wine offers to Customer, whether through the website, email, or other means, are subject to change without notice. Availability of wine is subject to Classic purchased stock or such lesser amount as Classic may decide. Classic is not responsible for typographical errors or technology malfunctions and reserves the right to correct any errors in pricing without penalty to Classic or Customer. Classic also reserves the right to set minimum and maximum purchase quantities and to rescind order which violates such rules without penalty.
Occasionally, computer system issues, human errors, process faults, or other causes result in unintentional offers appearing on our website. Classic reserves the right to correct such unintentional offers and to rescind any orders which may have been placed that are associated with them by refunding the Customer's money. Unintentional offers include, without limitation, offers of wine for sale that Classic does not have in stock or on pre-arrival, offers at incorrect prices and misestimates of pre-arrival dates.
Customer purchase and use of any product from Classic is at Customer's risk. To the extent fully permitted by law, neither Classic nor any other party involved in creating, producing, or delivering products is liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising out of Customer access to, or use of, Classic products or goods purchased through use of Classic's service. Unless expressly granted by these Terms, all goods are sold "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Interstate Shipping and Alternatives
Due to direct shipping laws and regulations, Classic may be unable to arrange the shipment of wine by Customers to certain states or to prohibited "dry" regions within certain states. The regulations and court decisions affecting the interstate shipment of wine are in constant flux and can change at any time. Therefore, Classic may change the states and regions to which it is able to arrange shipments at any time and without notice to Customers.
Customer may specify an ultimate destination zip code in any state. The Customer is solely responsible for importation of their wine into the jurisdiction of their shipping address and promises and agrees to indemnify, defend and hold Classic harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, and expenses (including taxes, interest, penalties, and attorney fees and amounts paid in investigation, defending or settling any of the foregoing) arising out of or in connection with: (a) any act by or omission of Customer, their agents or employees, or allegations made upon such acts or omissions, relating to or affecting the wine sold to and shipped on behalf of the Customer by Classic in accordance with these Terms and Conditions; (b) any inaccuracy of any representation made by Customer in connection with the transactions contemplated by these Terms and Conditions; (c) any claims brought or asserted by any third party against Customer for any wine sold by Classic to the Customer and shipped in accordance with the Customer's instructions and per these Terms and Conditions.
Classic makes no representation as to the rights of anyone to import wine into any state outside of Texas. Customer authorizes Classic to act according to Customer's instructions to engage a common carrier to ship Customer wine to destination zip codes where Classic is willing to make such arrangements or to deliver Customer wine to a third party shipper hired and instructed directly by the Customer.
We encourage consumers interested in their freedom to purchase wine from any state to sign up on the consumer mailing list of the Specialty Wine Retailers Association, a trade group that is intent on ensuring consumer access to a national wine market.
Classic ships wine to most countries using various specialized carriers and a copy of the purchase invoice is required to be provided to carriers for use in determining foreign taxes and duties.
Classic charges for air freight but is not involved in the collection of foreign duties, taxes, and surcharges which must be paid separately by Customer to the relevant party before the wine is released to Customer. These charges vary widely around the world, are sometimes onerous (e.g., reaching over 100% of value), and are often based on complex rules. Moreover, certain countries have "sampling" laws where authorities have the right to open a limited number of bottles per item. Failure to pay required duties may also result in confiscation of Customer wine. THEREFORE, ALL COSTS RELATED TO INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ARE ESTIMATES ONLY (SEE SHIPPING COSTS) AND ARE ALWAYS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CUSTOMER.
Please note that wine shipped internationally is shipped solely at Customer's own risk. In particular, the precise timing of deliveries (given the need to clear Customs in other countries) and the local storage conditions while awaiting Customs clearance are completely outside of Classic's control. Customers are advised to understand the import requirements for their intended destination country, and make their own arrangements for duties payment, hiring of import brokers or other expenses and services required to ensure the prompt processing of their wine through customs. Classic is not liable for making these arrangements and is not liable for any delays associated with customs or other processing required to import wine into a country.
Customer is responsible for all carrier fees, duties, and customs charges incurred in shipping purchases to Customer's desired shipping address. To the extent that Classic provides estimates of shipping, duties, and custom charges, these should be considered to be estimates only. Upon request only, original wooden boxes associated with a purchase (if any) may be shipped separately from bottles by common carrier for an additional fee.Prices of our wines do not include shipping/handling charges, the cost of which varies depending on destination, number of bottles ordered and choice of delivery options
Care must be taken when shipping wine in adverse weather conditions. High temperatures may cause wine bottles to leak or extreme cold can freeze wine during shipment. Classic offers Standard Shipping and Safe Shipping options (see shipping methods). The latter is designed to protect your wine in transit. By initiating a shipment with Standard Shipping, Customer accepts all responsibility for that shipment through whatever weather conditions may occur during that shipment and agrees that Classic will not be responsible for, and will not replace, wine that is damaged by adverse weather conditions during such shipment.
EXCEPT WITH RESPECT TO LOSS OR DAMAGE ARISING FROM THE GROSS NEGLIGENCE OR INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT OF CLASSIC, ITS AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, OR EMPLOYEES, IN NO EVENT SHALL CLASSIC BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH, ANY HANDLING, STORAGE, OR TRANSPORTATION OF THE CUSTOMER'S WINE AFTER DELIVERY OF POSSESSION OR CONTROL THEREOF TO Classic OR TO Classic'S AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, OR EMPLOYEES, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF Classic HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGE. BECAUSE SOME STATES/COUNTRIES/JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO CUSTOMER. NOTWITHSTANDING, AND WITHOUT LIMITING, THE FOREGOING, THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF Classic FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER SHALL NOT EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT PAID BY CUSTOMER TO CLASSIC ON ACCOUNT OF THE STORAGE OF THE LOST OR DAMAGED WINE.
Customer understands that Classic is not required to carry or maintain insurance coverage for any loss or damage arising from or during Classic's handling, storage, and/or transportation of Customer's wine. Classic makes no representation that it will acquire or maintain any such insurance coverage, or that any such insurance coverage is or will in the future be in effect. Classic has advised Customer to acquire adequate and appropriate insurance for such purposes, and Customer is expected and encouraged to acquire and maintain insurance to indemnify Customer from any losses that may occur with respect to the wine before, during, and after delivery of the wine to Classic for storage and/or sale. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Classic, its agents, representatives, and employees do not recommend any underwriters of such insurance, and the delivery to Classic of any list of available insurance underwriters providing wine insurance coverage does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of any such insurance providers.