When it comes to moving your wine collection, there are many considerations and tips to consider to ensure a safe transport for your valuable collection.
The first thing you should consider is getting your wine collection appraised before you move. A wine appraiser will be able to evaluate the quality and worth of your spirits and wine collections, along with telling you proper age of it for maximum satisfaction and fullest flavor.
If you are only transporting a few cases of wine, you may want to move your wine yourself in your vehicle, avoiding too many long stops and any drastic temperature changes. Your wine should be at least 55° of temperature. You also want to avoid your wine being shaken too much as it could result in a loss of flavor.
If moving out of state or long distance, it is a very good idea to check with your local beverage control or the states to see if there are any restrictions on the amount of alcohol brought in the state or to check if alcohol is prohibited because the state has dry counties.
If you have a large collection you may want to use safe movers, and use national movers versus small movers that are not familiar with this type of shipping. A major Van line or national mover is a good option to use when it comes to shipping your wine and spirits, A temperature controlled vehicle may be needed and the larger, national movers are generally more equipped to do so.
Additional charges may be added for special transport and you should let your movers know in advance so they can come properly prepared. Commercial airlines are another option for shipping wine, but you should have it professionally packed by someone experienced. A high value inventory should be completed if Shipping with a professional mover.
Some additional tips you should remember when it comes to shipping wine is to:
Avoid extreme changes of weather and temperature as this can interfere with the integrity of the wine. The best temperature for wine to be stored at is 55°.
White wines are generally less expensive than red wine and are less likely to be affected by the temperature.
Corked wine should be kept on the side or upside down so the cork does not dry up.
It’s a good idea to pack wine in a wine container or a box purchased by a national mover or someone who sells and ships wine and spirits. Don’t pack open bottles and make sure to label your box as fragile and this side up depending on how the box is packed.
Avoid the bottles shaking too much as this can affect the appearance and flavor of your spirits.
After the move is complete, it is a good idea to let your wine rests for about 7 to 10 days before opening.