Tutorials: Moving Your Wine Collection
This tutorial is designed to assist you in safely moving your wine collection.
Getting it There! | Understand the value | Packing
Wine collections can represent a sizable investment. You need to decide first, what the total value of the collection is now. Once that is complete, you can decide whether to ship it with a professional household goods moving service provider in one of their traditional moving trailers, or on a climate controlled vehicle.
Getting it There!
Professional household goods moving service providers are well equipped to handle shipping wine. If you are moving your collection in the summer or winter months, where temperatures can be extreme, you may want to give some consideration to requesting an estimate that includes moving the collection on a climate controlled vehicle. Speak with the professional estimator who comes to your home about availability and cost.

If you have a manageable collection, it is recommended to move the wine in your car. This will allow you to control the temperature.

Understand the value of your collection
The high-value collection should have a professional appraisal completed prior to shipping. The best way to locate an appraiser is to contact a local, fine wine distributor or shop. They should be able to assist you in your efforts to locate someone.
Special care will be taken to protect the wine when packing. Professional movers are qualified to correctly pack the bottles. If you are packing the wine yourself, you may want to give some consideration to obtaining the wine packing boxes that are used to transport wine by the case on a commercial airline. These are made of Styrofoam or corrugated cardboard and protect the bottles well. You can purchase them at stores that sell wine in your area. 

You can order wine packing material from: California Glass Co, 155 98th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94603, (510)635-7700

Remember to pack the wine on its side as it would be stored in your home. 

Even if extreme care has been used in packing and transporting, bottle shock may occur. The wine will shake within the bottle as it is moved. If opened too soon, a loss if flavor may result. Allow the bottles to rest for 7 days prior to opening.

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