How To Relocate A Wine Collection

Moving your wine is an important consideration, for any collector, sommelier or casual drinker alike. There is a specific way wine should be transported in order to protect the wine, prevent breakage and cause as little stress to the bottles as possible. Wine’s delicate character and chemistry can be affected by movement, temperature and exposure to light. We recommend extra precaution when moving a wine collection. Find out how to relocate a wine collection and contact a professional West Hollywood moving and storage company.

The first thing to do is to know the value of your shipment. Have it appraised by a qualified professional. The best way to locate a wine appraiser is through a local wine merchant who handles collectable vintages.

Next, check the legal requirements regarding alcohol. Because alcoholic beverages are regulated differently state-by-state, you’ll want to check with the alcohol control authorities at your destination before you move. Some states have restrictions governing the types and amount of alcohol that can be brought in for personal use.

If everything is ok, you can start packing. Use specially designed boxes to pack bottles and fragile glassware.  Corked wines should be placed on their sides or upside down in the packing container to keep the corks wet. Individually wrap bottles and insulate the box to ensure your wines travel undisturbed.

As a result of moving through different climates, changes in environment may affect the taste and appearance of your wine. A climate-controlled van can be used to move a very large or rare collection. However, arrangements must be made early and the additional costs will arise.  Upon arrival, you should allow the wine bottles to rest at your destination at least seven days for every day your shipment is in transit.

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