Do you own a wine or liquor collection? If you do and are about to prepare for relocation then you have to consider the different moving and packing options that are available. It is of great importance to know the appropriate way your high value collection should be handled during transport. Wine and liquor bottles are unique items to transport. They are fragile, often extremely valuable, and the contents are very volatile. Follow these steps on how to move wine and liquor to ensure your collection arrives safely to its destination.
- Is your wine or liquor collection manageable?
Smaller collections should be transported in your car. This allows for full control over safety and extreme temperatures.
Use cell boxes to pack wine bottles. These boxes have Styrofoam dividers that keep the bottles in place while protecting them from bumping against one another every time the truck hits a bump. You can buy these from a moving company or box store. Corked wines should be placed on their sides or upside down to keep the corks wet. When a bottle is upside down, the wine stays in contact with the cork, keeping it wet so that that cork will not dry out, shrink up and let air get into the wine, causing premature oxidation. Label the box: FRAGILE. THIS SIDE UP.
- Hire Professional Movers
For large collections, you must seek the help of professional movers, whom are experienced in relocating wine and liquor. They are equipped with sophisticated packing materials, movers that are qualified to correctly pack the bottles, climate-controlled trucks for transport, and temperature-controlled warehouses for short- and long-term storage. Professional movers have years of experience and knowledge. They simply know how to move wine and liquor.
- Appraisal and Insurance
Large, high-value collections should be professionally appraised and insured with both written and photographic documentation of the contents prior to moving. The best way to locate qualified wine and liquor appraisers is through local wine clubs and merchants. You can also create an inventoried list of your bottles.
- Customs Laws
Check customs laws in your destination state. Some states have restrictions governing the amount of alcohol that can be brought in for personal consumption. If you’re making an overseas move, ask your move consultant about the various customs guidelines in your new country, as some countries won’t allow you to relocate alcohol across their borders.
Even if extreme care has been used in packing and transporting, “bottle shock” may occur. The loss of flavor can occur when a bottle is opened too soon after being shaken in transit. If opened too soon, a loss of flavor may result. Once you have moved, unpack your bottles and let them rest for at least 7 days prior to opening.