If you count yourself among the 84 million wine drinkers in the US (according to Forbes Magazine), then you may be wondering how you are going to ship your collection of wine bottles in your upcoming move. Whether you are a casual wine drinker or an enthusiastic wine collector, the first thing you need to do is take inventory of what you have before packing your wine collection.
Inventory Your Wine Collection
Before you can start packing up your wine bottles for shipping, make a detailed inventory of your wine collection. Unless you’re moving just a handful of bottles, a wine inventory will help you keep track of your bottles in case something happens to any of them during transportation.
Wine bottles are heavy – a case of 12 weighs about 40 pounds, so you don’t want to ship them unless you really want them. You may want to sell particular bottles, give them away, or throw yourself a “moving away wine tasting party” for your friends and relatives!”
Use a wine inventory sheet you can download from the Internet and take a photo of each wine bottle, noting any rare or vintage wine bottles in the collection.
Appraise Your Wine
If you’re moving a small wine collection that is not too valuable, then you should be able to pack up those wine bottles safely and transport them either in your own car or on the moving van. However, in case you’re moving a wine collection that’s worth a lot of money, you will need to know its current market value so you can purchase an adequate type of insurance.
Obtain the Proper Materials for Packing your Wine Collection
Using the proper wine shipping boxes for your wine bottles will diminish the risk of breakage during a move. There are wine shipping kits that include a protective Styrofoam insert that fits into a cardboard box. The insert has holes designed to fit a single bottle of wine. Other boxes have cardboard inserts to keep the bottles upright and apart. There are also inflatable bags in which to pack single bottles that can then be stacked in a sturdy carton. These options vary in cost and may be available from your local wine store or on Amazon.
You can also visit your local wine store and ask them to give you any empty wine cartons they have on hand.
In addition to sturdy shipping boxes, you will need unprinted newsprint paper and packing tape.
Check Regulations of Your Destination State
If you are moving out of state, you will want to know if your destination state has regulations regarding how much alcohol an individual can bring into that state for personal use. To avoid legal troubles, check with the alcohol beverage authority to be sure it is OK to bring your wine collection to your new home.
Whether you are a casual wine collector or one with a serious investment in your collection, the goal is to pack and move your wine in a way that is safe and secure.
If you have questions about moving your wine collection or anything else related to an upcoming move, call our Ayer Moving and Storage Relocation Specialists at 800-233-6683.