One of the newest wine delivery services in the Bay Area is Winelandia, which was launched last year by Tala Drzewiecki. A former information technology director for a video game company, Drzewiecki got into wine as a hobby in 2006, and over time she gained the trust of friends who came to tastings she would host.
A Bay Area native, she’s been pretty plugged in to the local scene, especially with producers who are making small-production organic wines. In November, she threw caution to the wind and started a wine club, at first selling mostly to friends. Now, Winelandia has an online store featuring naturally made wines from California, France, Germany and Spain.
If you are looking to stock up for the warmer weather, check out the 2012 Talai-Berri Finca Jakue Getariako Txakolina ($17), which with its mineral-laden spritz can be more refreshing than a beer. On the local front, Jolie-Laide’s 2013 Pinot Gris ($27) is as delightful to look at as it is to taste, with a light peach hue, honeysuckle and kumquat aromas, and more citrus on the palate.
Winelandia will deliver to you in a one- to three-day window for $5 in San Francisco or within 20 miles of The City.
Lasso, which started up around the same time as Winelandia, partners with select wine shops in several cities and curates offerings for customers from each store’s selection. In San Francisco, Lasso works with the Jug Shop. While more focused on popular grapes, it also has less mainstream wines including Liquid Farm’s 2013 Rosé ($22.99) from the Vogelzang Vineyard.
In addition to wine, Lasso teams up with gourmet food and cheese purveyors such as Cheese Plus so customers can have a one-stop shopping experience without having to leave the house. There is a $20 minimum for orders, but Lasso does not have a delivery fee, at least for now. Lasso also provides same-day service, guaranteeing deliveries within two hours in San Francisco and three hours to the Peninsula.
While wine delivery is not a novel idea, these two companies are not just about getting the goods to their customers, but providing a tailored experience as well as making wine drinking just a little bit more convenient. Next time you can’t make it out to the store, keep both Winelandia and Lasso in mind.
Pamela S. Busch has been working in the wine industry since 1990 as a writer, educator and consultant and co-founded Hayes & Vine Wine Bar and Cav Wine Bar & Kitchen. In 2013, she launched TheVinguard.com, a blog covering a variety of wine-related topics.