What is the current state of this for a regular guy (i.e. not a licensed wine retailer)?
A couple of times I've tried to mail a bottle or two to a friend or relative, or to return wine that was incorrectly shipped to me, and each time, the lady at the counter at Fed Ex has told me that it is not permitted. I finally resorted to putting my shipper box inside a larger kitchen appliance box so that it didn't look suspicious, and then it shipped fine.
I even mailed a hat to a friend of mind as a gift and put it inside a 6-pack Domaine Alfred wine box, and the clerk at the Post Office fussed about using a wine box to ship something (which box weighed as much as a cardboard box containing one hat, so I figured nobody could possibly confuse this for being a shipment of wine). He finally put tape all over all the places that indicated it had been a wine box.
What is the current law and the current policies of the shippers regarding the shipment of wine? I don't mean in terms of what states do and don't permit it at the moment, but simply the act of putting properly packaged wine into the mail? What do those of you who sell and ship wine via internet bulletin boards or eBay do for shipping?
Thanks a bunch for any advice/information.