Most times people don’t think about how they’re going to move their wine collection until they find out that their movers either will not move the collection, or they realize that moving a wine collection along with their personal items is Very risky. A moving truck will often reach temperatures well above 100 degrees as there is no ventilation or air-conditioning inside a moving truck.
Keep your own inventory of the bottles in your collection. You can download a Wine Inventory Sheet here http://exceltemplates.net/inventory/wine-cellar-inventory/ to use if you do not have one. You can also use the web to find online inventory site to keep an online inventory of your collection.
There are four primary types of boxes. The box use use depends on how you are transporting your collection.
Not all carriers are qualified to transport wine. Your collection should be handled with the same care as any other refrigerated perishable food item. Shipping wine is unique though as the proper temperature for wine is 55 degrees whereas normal refrigerated food, such as milk and eggs, are transported at 40 degrees. Be sure the carrier you are using treats your wine cargo with the utmost care and maintains 55 degrees and not 40 degrees.
A special note on using FedEx or UPS. Neither FedEx or UPS will knowingly ship wine, in the United States unless you have a special license from them. Even if it is your own personal collection and you are shipping to and from your personal residence.
Click here for the UPS policy.
Click here for the FedEx policy.
Calculate the value of your collection and ask the carrier about providing insurance beyond the minimal liability coverage for your wine collection.
Some states have restrictions on the amount of alcohol you are allowed to bring into the state. Chances are you will not have a problem unless you are bringing hundreds of cases into a state. Click here for links to the various Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Boards.