– Susan Nichol
You took years painfully seeking out the perfect wines to have in your collection. You kept the wine safe in your temperature controlled wine cellar or wine frig. Your friends and business associates know you as the wine aficionado, or at the very least a wine enthusiast.
One day you are faced with moving your wine collection to another location, your new home, a wine storage facility, perhaps you sold some of your collection or better yet acquired someone else’s highly sought after collection.
The key to a successful move is how the wine is handled, meaning packed, loaded, transported, unloaded and unpacked. It’s obvious that you want to keep the wine from breaking, but to really care for that collection and the more sensitive wines the temperature is a consideration as well as other factors.
All Reasons Moving is a moving expert in the bay area. They have seen and experienced a variety of moves including moving wine. They are acting as a guest blogger for for Cold Craft. If you want more moving tips and stories see the All Reasons Moving Blog.
Moving Wine – 6 Tips for Ensuring Successful Arrival
You You face the prospect of moving wine. A personal collection can represent lots of money, many weekends, and possibly years spent in the acquisition process! You are likely reluctant to give them all away, or (enticing as it sounds) drink them up quickly. The first thing to know is if you are moving wine just a short distance using a moving company to transport wine is just fine. If however, you are moving wine cross country you may want to look into a transportation company that will move the wine in a temperature controlled van. The biggest potential transportation hazard besides breakage is temperature fluctuation.
- Assess the wines’ value. If you determine that the wine is of high value you will need to fill out a High-Value Inventory form with the moving company doing the transporting to ensure you are covered for the full value of the wine collection.
- You can purchase all the materials for proper packaging from the moving company.
- If you are moving out of state check with the destination state to ensure that you can legally import the bottles.
- To ensure against breakage, package your bottles well. Professional movers sell boxes and paper for proper packaging, or you can order supplies on-line from sites such as California Glass Co.
- You don’t have to purchase special wine boxes you can pack bottles (unopened only!) on their sides for maximum cork contact in book boxes. Put some paper on the bottom of the box for extra padding then wrap each bottle individually in newsprint and lay the bottle on it’s side. Label boxes “FRAGILE,” and “THIS SIDE UP.” Check out our video How to Pack Wine for Moving.
After you arrive in your new home refrain from popping that cork when you arrive at your beautiful new home. A good rule of thumb is to allow a week’s rest for each day in transit, so the wines may recover from any “bottle shock” incurred during the move.
If you need help with temperature, contact Cold Craft, Inc.
408.374.7292 or INFO@COLDCRAFT.COM