Ok, let's start at the beginning. I get regular - daily, actually - emails from Grapes the Wine Company in White Plains NY, owned and operated by our fellow WS Forumite, NYRetailer. Over the past 12 years I've probably bought 10-15 mixed cases of wine from him, a bottle or two at a time. My favourite source of great wines at great prices by far!
When mrs bman and I travel to the States for a weekend or longer, but always a minimum of 48 hours, I have some of these bottles sent to me, either directly from Grapes or from a wine storage facility they use when they are holding more than a case for me. We go to upstate NY 2 or 3 times a year - it's a lovely part of the world, full of cool little towns, interesting back roads, etc. (and we enjoy offlining with Haggis and Mrs. Haggis!) and like most Canadians, we also enjoy shopping expeditions, especially to Destiny USA in Syracuse and Waterloo Premium Outlets. We also go elsewhere in the US at least once a year.
Every time we go, we have some wine from Grapes sent in advance of our arrival to our hotel and, as Bytown Rick noted, we drink as much of it as our livers can stand (usually in our room with take out - Texas Roadhouse steaks are a favourite - or what we call a hotel room picnic with provisions from Wegmans) and bring back at least 4 bottles to Canada. Only once have we crossed the border and back in a day to collect wine and as noted, it costs way more that way than the way we do it. In fact, it could pretty much cover the cost of the trip!
Clear as mud?
And Sunny, since you mentioned it, why not get together with some of the TO gang and offline in Ithaca one of these days? It's a great place from which to explore the area, the city itself is very nice and picturesque in places, and Haggis is there! I bet he could even arrange a tour of Cornell University including the world-famous Cornell Botanic Gardens, which are well worth a visit! We've been three times over the past few years and enjoyed it every time!