Complete guide to shipping fine wine
Everything you need to know about shipping wine
When you start collecting fine bottles of wine you'll need to pay close attention to the way they're shipped, otherwise you risk spoilage. The first step in shipping wine properly is to check that the weather is ideal. Wait until the moderate weather seasons of spring or fall to ship your wine. Even in these temperate months, you'll want to insulate your bottles in Styrofoam containers to keep the heat and the cold out and to protect your wines from vibration. The number one tip for serious collectors looking to ship valuable wine is to spend extra on expedited shipping and white glove services, when possible. Shipping via a temperature-controlled van or buying your wine under bond can increase the worth of your wine while preventing spoilage. Learn more.
The best way to move your wine into storage
I've known collectors who love the idea of professional storage, but they're too afraid to do it because they fear that if anything goes wrong during shipping they'll lose every bottle they own. I get it–even though a professional warehouse may be the safest place for your wine, getting a large number of bottles there takes weeks of planning, precise packing, and long trips via plane, train, or car. But what if you moved your wine collection slowly, rather than all at once? I'd argue that it's wise to commit to moving just one bottle or case at a time. It takes the stress out of the packing process, removes some of the risk involved with moving a collection, and makes it easier to assess whether you've chosen a storage service that you're interested in working with in the long term. Learn more.
How to relocate your wine collection
Import laws are just one of many factors you need to consider when relocating your wine collection, especially if you're moving to another state or country. U.S. Customs and Border Protection suggests that anyone planning on shipping more than a case of wine into the United States from another country needs to keep the wine shipment separate from the rest of their household goods. You don't want all of your items to get held up at customs if your wines are delayed by officials. Unless you have a very small wine collection, you need to plan ahead for your wine shipments long before your move-in date, taking all of these legal and safety factors into account. Learn more.
The best way to travel with wine
The safest trip for your wine bottles is a leisurely walk down to the neighborhood park or a short car ride over to a tasting party. Long car trips involve many of the same precautions as short trips around town, but the difference is that you will almost always want to account for temperature when you bring your wine on a road trip. Whether you're traveling just a few blocks from your house for a picnic, or you plan on trekking thousands of miles with your bottle, you need to know how to keep your wine safe every step of the way. Learn more.
Understanding wine label clearance
Many wine collectors assume that they can only bring one bottle of wine with them through U.S. customs when they fly home from a foreign country, but this isn't the case. The fact is, if you handle your wine label clearance properly, you can bring as much wine as you want, and pay less in duty taxes than you would buying from an importer. Wine label clearance is easy to understand if you know the rules, but if you don't you could end up losing your wine. Learn more.