Customer Service Terms & Conditions
Please note there is no wine at our trading address - these are not retail premises. All the wine is delivered from our specialised warehouse
All your statutory rights apply. Where applicable we will outline them.
- Company Information
- Age Verification
- Pricing & Promotion
- Shipping & Delivery
- Making a purchase
- Information Accuracy
- Our Guarantee
- Returns & Replacements
- Privacy & Security
Alpine Wines and Nick Dobson Wines are trading names of Nick Dobson Ltd
Company established in 2002, registered in England and Wales - Registration 04588744
VAT Registration Number GB 798 3499 48
If you need to reach us, please email us on sales [at] alpinewines [dot] co [dot] uk or use the contact form.
Phone: 020 3151 3454
Fax: 020 3151 3453
Write to us at
3 The Grove
IDLE West Yorkshire
Note there is no wine stored for sale at this address
VAT Registration Number GB 798 3499 48
All customers must be aged 18 years or over.
At events, if a customer appears to be under 18 years of age they will be asked to produce, before being supplied with alcohol, identification bearing their photograph, date of birth and a holographic mark.
Where we do not have visual contact, for example when an order is placed remotely for delivery by mail order, we will form a view as to whether or not the customer is under or over 18.
Should we reasonably suspect that the customer is under the age of 18, we will not supply alcohol to that customer until we can verify their age. We may use various additional methods to assess the age of the customer, which may include contact with the customer, or by reference to information about the customer which is either in the public domain - we look at linkedin, for example - or is available through the use of commercial age verification systems and databases operated by third parties.
Such age verification may be without explicit reference back to the customer, although if appropriate we may ask a customer to supply us with evidence of their age.
Pricing & Promotions
The price list published on our website shows prices for bottles of size 75cl unless otherwise stated. Prices include duty and VAT at the current rate but exclude carriage.
Prices are subject to change without notice in line with currency movements, tax and duty changes, changes in supply and transportation costs or for any other reason. We also reserve the right to refuse orders in case of website pricing errors.
If a price has changed between an order being placed and our processing it we will contact you.
For credit card your card is preauthorized only at order time and will be charged when we reserve and pack the order (preorders such as Beaujolais Nouveau excepted). If you choose Paypal it will be charged at the time you place the order.
We also accept payment by BACS bank transfer , cheque (payable to Alpine Wines), and cards over the phone.
Prices shown on this website include all customs duties and charges and VAT at the current rate, but exclude carriage. In the event of the UK VAT or customs duty rates changing, prices are subject to change.
For overseas shipments within the EU we are obliged to charge you UK VAT unless you are a VAT-registered trader in your country and provide us with your EU VAT number.
For overseas shipments to non-EU countries we can normally supply product on a zero-rated VAT basis, i.e. without charging you VAT. Our site should do that automatically.
Note that for overseas orders you are responsible for the payment of any taxes, duties, or other costs of any type including but not limited to customs agents charges levied on import to your country.
Please check what limitations there might be on alcohol import before you buy - it is your responsibility to do so. We want you to be delighted by the wines, not getting unpleasant surprise taxes, or, worse, having the wine seized.
Shipping & Delivery
Our delivery charges may seem high but wine is a sensitive product and needs to be transported with care, and delivered quickly.
We take the condition of your wine seriously and as such we use specialist, high quality, extremely safe packaging (it is fully reusable, and recyclable too!).
We do not profit from the delivery charges - some of the delivery costs break our heart too! - but we have to reflect the costs we bear in getting your wine to you.
With standard UK mainland services, delivery is normally within 3 working days, often next day (depending on courier cut off time)
We are set up for case deliveries and only have packaging for 6 and 12 bottles - so one bottle costs the same to deliver as 12.
We have now introduced slow delivery - this is sent every 2 weeks at a lower rate.
See our Delivery page for the full details
Making A Purchase
If you prefer not to place your order via the internet, you can do so by telephone during normal hours.
On placing your order you will receive an email confirming that we have received your order; this contains all the order details for you to check.
Should you find that you have placed an order containing errors, please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible, and we will do our best to amend your order.
If your goods are despatched prior to your notifying us of any errors in your order, our returns policy applies.
Where we Sell
We supply throughout the UK and can send to the EU and EEA.
We may be able to supply overseas customers. Be aware that regulations regarding the import of alcohol vary from country to country, and we cannot guarantee to service all markets. In addition, the cost of carriage may be very high. Export enquiries are treated on a case-by-case basis. And it is your responsibility to check that wine can be delivered to your country legally.
US orders are only possible over a specialist import service, which is normally only worth it for large quantities.
The law applicable to and governing the contract between us is UK law.
By placing an order with us, you are making an offer to buy goods and/or services.
The automatically-generated confirmation mail you receive after placing an order is not acceptance of an order.
We reserve the right to turn down orders, especially in the case of pricing errors. The contract between us is made when we have received your order and susequently accepted it. Upon acceptance we will normally process your order that same day, or the next morning.
A legally binding contract between us (or the third party) comes into force only when we have received your order and we have accepted it and, in the case of wine sales, are ready to despatch the goods.Where goods or services are supplied by third parties, this will be made clear on the website, and your contract will be with the supplier and not with us. Examples of this include, but are not limited to, bookings for restaurant meals and other wine events.
With 600 bottles on the sites, errors can happen.
We provide as much technical information about the wines and vintages we sell, although with so many it is hard to avoid the occasional error. Information mismatch is no reason for return or exchange except if the name or size was incorrect (your statutory EU rights of course remain). Label/Bottle images are published for many of the wines in our range. Whilst we endeavour to use up to date accurate images, these are not always available, and in some cases the label image published may not be exactly the same as that actually attached to the bottle.
Tasting notes are published on our website for many of the wines we sell. People's taste and olfactory capabilities vary, and as such any description of a flavour or smell is subjective. The tasting notes we publish are entirely our own opinion, and should not be relied upon as definitive descriptions of how a wine tastes.
Stock & Substitutions
All product is offered subject to availability. Some of the wines are made in very small quantities and it may not be possible to obtain replacement stocks quickly or even at all.
In the event that a wine is not available, for mixed cases where we have pre-defined the composition, we reserve the right to make appropriate substitutions, although these will alway be similar wines from the same region, and of equal or greater quality/value.
Where you have made a custom case, we reserve the right to substitute a wine of equal or better quality of very similar style/origin where this affects no more than 3 bottles per case. We also reserve the right to substitute in any quantity a more recent vintage of any wine ordered.
In either of these situations, we will use our judgement as to what subsitutions best fulfill your original intent.
We will normally try to contact you first to discuss alternatives and seek your approval, unless the order is time sensitive (use the order comments box!)
If you are disappointed, do talk to us, we want you to be delighted with our wines and our service!
Wine is a living, breathing thing and it is a well-documented fact that despite the best endeavours of the producers, a tiny proportion of wines may suffer from some defect (eg may become corked).
We offer a guarantee of quality; if any wine we have supplied proves to be defective, we will replace it without question, or provide a refund, if you prefer. Should this occur, please contact us.
However, as we are unable to control the environment in which the wine is stored after purchase, this guarantee will only apply for notifications received within a reasonable period from the invoice date, at our discretion. Past the 14 day statutory period, the refund will be to store credit.
This guarantee applies to defective wines only, and we are normally unable to refund or replace where a wine is simply not to your taste.
Returns & Replacements
We do not supply goods on a "sale or return" basis unless this has been expressly agreed at the time of purchase.
We comply with the Distance Selling Code of Practice for Wines and Spirits published by the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA), as well as all your statutory rights within the EU. (Note: this does not apply to export orders.)
This gives customers within the EU the right to cancel any Wine by Mail purchase, except for bespoke shipments (as for example custom orders or "en primeur"), up to 14 days after receipt of the goods, conditional on the goods having been kept in good condition.
Goods should be returned in the same condition in which they were supplied, and with bottles unopened, labels unstained (else, if the wine is in a less re-sellable condition, the refund will be to a lower amount, in proportion to the changed value). Monies will then be refunded in accordance with the code, within 14 days of receipt.
The return delivery costs are at the customer's expense, although we can help arrange the return for you (as we understand that such large boxes are difficult to ship). Please be aware that couriers do not offer insurance or guarantees for glass product, so package it well.
Where a "sale or return" agreement has been entered into (wedding/event orders), goods may be returned and monies will be refunded in accordance with the terms of that individual agreement.
Where no such agreement was entered into, and where wines have been correctly supplied, unless faulty, and other than as provided for by legislation and/or the code, we will not normally accept these for return/refund. Any and all such returns are subject to the following conditions:- (1) we must have agreed to accept the return (2) the wines must have been stored correctly, and be in good condition (3) return carriage is at the customer's risk and expense (4) we will not accept such returns more than 30 days after the original invoice date (5) there is a restocking charge to cover costs we incur as a result of the return, which will be deducted from any refund.
Privacy & Security
If you pay online, we do not see your card details. If you pay by telephone - we do not write down or keep your card details. This means that we will have to ask you to furnish card details for each order.
Online credit card payments are handled by a specialist third party Payment Services Provider, one of the world's largest Payment handlers. The service is fully level 1 PCI-DSS compliant - this is the highest security accreditation available.
Our servers do not store your payment information - they don't even see it, it is sent only to the Payment handler.
If you order by telephone and pay with a card, we process your payment using a terminal and we do not record or retain your card details.
This means that we will have to ask you to furnish card details for each order. It also means nobody can ever get your card details from us.
We also offer Paypal as an additional secure option. Paypal costs us more, but we understand that there are many circumstances where you wouldn't want to take a card out to make a payment, and Paypal offers. Besides, we love the convenience Paypal offers.