Have too much wine to drink it all before you move? You don’t have to whine about it, you can move it to your new home safely by following these few tips:
First, check with the local alcohol beverage control board in the state where you are moving to find out if there are any restrictions on how much wine you can bring into the state for personal use.
Now that you know how much you can move and how much you might have to drink before you move, the two issues you face with moving it are: maintaining a consistent temperature and breakage. Temperature fluctuations are devastating to wine. The older the wine the more the flavor is affected by extreme temperature changes. And obviously, if not packed properly, bottles are easily broken.
So let’s get it moved safely so the cheese doesn’t stand alone!
• While it’s not always in your control, if at all possible, try to avoid moving your wine collection during the hot, summer months. If you have to move it during the hot months, make sure to the mover has temperature controlled trucks.
• If your collection is not too large, try and transport it yourself ensuring you can maintain the wine at a temperature of about 55 degrees and try to prevent the container from being shaken too much as it could result in loss of flavor.
• Pack the wine in double wall cartons with dividers and wrap each bottle individually with bubble wrap. The last thing you want is glass vibrating against glass. You want to have your wine explode with taste – not from having two bottles hit each other!
• Ensure that you have extra cushioning/padding at the bottom of the box to absorb the impact in case the container is dropped. Use packing/styrofoam peanuts to fill all voids in the container as settling will occur during transit. Here are a few examples of wine shipping containers:
• Uline - Corrugated Wine Carriers
• Universal Form Products - Wine Shipper Coolers
• The Spirited Shipper - Wine Shipping Boxes
• Label the container with FRAGILE on all sides and the top. Use extra tape to secure the bottom of the container.
• It goes without saying, do not move opened bottles of wine.
Did you know?
• It generally takes months for a cork to dry out so don’t worry whether the bottles are upright or on their side. Your domestic move should take weeks, not months so dry corks shouldn’t be an issue. Also, the more modern synthetic corks don’t generally dry out.
• While you will be anxious to open the container once it arrives and celebrate your new home, do that with a NEW bottle of wine! Give your wine collection time to rest after its journey. Plan for one week to rest for each day it was in transit.
Now that you have your wine collection secure and ready to go, you can focus on moving or shipping your furniture and household items and of course your wine glasses, safely and securely as well.
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