Residents of the greater New Orleans area can have more than 1,000 types of wine, liquor or beer delivered to their homes with no service charges or minimum orders. The "Wine on Wheels" service, offered by Pearl Wine Company, is available noon through midnight six days a week.
"I think no one should ever go without a great bottle of wine," says Pearl Wine Company owner Leora Madden. "My whole premise was making it convenient, not just with the type of service that it is, but by making delivery free and not putting minimums on delivery."
Madden opened her 4,000-square-foot wine and spirits shop in the American Can Company in early 2013. The store stocks more than 600 wines, more than 400 liquors and more than 300 beers. All are available for delivery. Wines start at $5.99 per bottle, and Madden says customers haven't abused the no-minimum order rule.
"Nobody has ever said, 'Bring me a $1.50 beer,'" she says, laughing. "They are courteous in that way. People definitely tip."
Madden says her customers often include stay-at-home parents who don't want to bring their kids into liquor stores or party hosts whose booze reserves have run dry. She saw the need for the service when she found herself in a similar situation.
"I often had times where I was having a get-together or dinner party and we would run out of wine," Madden says. "If you are hosting, you can't leave the party. So I always thought, 'Gosh, it would be really great to have a delivery service right now.'"
Orders can be placed online or by calling 504-483-6314.