Moving Companies and Wine: What You Need to Know


If you have a large wine collection and are preparing to move, you may have many questions about how this will factor into your move. Getting answers to the questions you have will better help you to understand what to expect and how to plan for your move with wine.

Can a Moving Company Move a Wine Collection?

A professional moving company is able to move your wine collection as long as you are moving locally, or within the state you already live. If you are crossing state lines, it varies based on the state. Some states have laws which prohibit you bringing any alcohol into the state, even if that alcohol is not for resale. If you are moving to a state with one of those laws, a moving company will not be able to transport your wine for you.

Do Moving Companies Need to Use a Climate-Controlled Van to Transport the Wine?

If you have wine that needs to be moved, you may be wondering if it can be transported in the moving van with the rest of your items or whether it needs to be transported in a climate-controlled van. The answer to this question varies based on the weather conditions of the places where you are moving from and to. Both fine red and white wines should be stored at temperatures around 45 to 65 degrees, with 55 degrees being the optimal temperature. If the temperature where the wine is stored reaches above 70 degrees, your wine could age faster, meaning you need to use it quicker. Any warmer than that and your wine could become cooked and go flat. If the temperature is below 45 degrees, the cork in the wine can dry out, which allows air in. Because of this, you need to carefully consider the temperatures your wine will be traveling through as it moves. If it is going to be too hot or cold, you may want the mover to use a climate-controlled van. However, if the temperature is going to be at 55 degrees, it may be fine traveling.

What Precautions Are Taken to Ensure the Wine Arrives in Perfect Condition?

Ensuring that your wine arrives in perfect condition may require a lot of tender, loving care. A mover will typically wrap wine bottles in Styrofoam and then place them in heavy-duty corrugated boxes. The Styrofoam helps protect the bottles from banging against each other during transport while the heavy-duty corrugated boxes are strong enough to hold your bottles of wine so they don't fall through the bottom when the box is lifted.  A mover will be sure to transport the the bottles of wine on their sides. This is how wine is stored and this is how it should be shipped to its destination. This prevents the cork from drying out and does not compromise the integrity of the wines.

Should a Wine Collection Be Insured Prior to Transport? How?

If you have an extensive wine collection, then you may want to insure the wine prior to transporting it. This is because movers are only required to pay you up to $0.60 per pound if you do not purchase additional insurance for the items being moved. An expensive bottle of wine costs far more than $0.60 per pound, which is why insuring it is wise. The first step to insuring your wine is to contact a wine appraiser. Have the appraiser give you a written value estimate of your collection. Then take pictures of the exact bottles of wine you have. Lastly, contact either the moving company or your preferred insurance company and ask for full-value moving insurance based on the value of your wine collection. This is the best way to get exactly what your bottles of wine are worth if they happen to become damaged or broken during the moving process.

If you are a wine enthusiast, you will want to make sure that your wine ends up at your new home in the same condition it left your old home. Finding out if movers can help you, how the wine should be packed, if it should be insured, and how it needs to be transported will educate you on moving with wine. Contact a company like Affordable Transfer Co Inc. to learn what they can offer you.



28 January 2016

create a checklist for your move

When planning a move, you have so many things on your mind that it is easy for you to leave out the important things that need done, as well as the not-so-important things. Creating a checklist will help you get through the entire process without missing a beat. My blog will provide you with several elements that you need to remember to assist you with creating a checklist that will meet your personal needs. Hopefully, what I have included here will take some of the stress out of your move and make things move along without any problems arising expectantly.