Keeping wine at a cool consistent temperature is always your goal. Ideal wine storage conditions are 55-65 degrees. Bear this in mind when loading wine into your car.
Keep bottle purchases in the air-conditioned passenger seat of your car, not the trunk. Although tempting, trunk conditions can exceed well over 100 degrees, which can bring wine to near boiling conditions, causing it to taste “stewed.”
When traveling overnight, it is a good idea to bring wine inside your room to keep the bottle temperature as consistent as possible.
It is always advisable to store bottles on their sides or upside down, in an effort to keep the cork in contact with the wine, and avoid cork dry-out, which can lead to oxidation.
Keep a cooler with ice packs in your car, to keep wine cool on warm days. Opt for ice packs instead of submerging bottles in loose ice which can damage labels.
Most wineries will hold your purchase until you are ready to pick them up at the end of the day or trip. Just ask.
Federal regulations currently restrict wine from being included in carry-on luggage, although transporting wine via checked luggage is still an option.
If you plan to pack a few bottles in your checked luggage, be sure to cushion them as much as possible. It is wise to invest in a wine travel bag specifically designed for this purpose. Such accessories can often be found in winery gift shops or purchased online in advance.
Having your wine purchases shipped can be a convenient option, especially if your purchase is large. However shipping laws vary greatly from state to state, sometimes county to county. It is a good idea to confirm the laws specific to your area in advance.
When shipping alcohol, do anticipate that an adult over the age of 21 will need to sign for the delivery.
Once your wine has arrived intact to its final destination, you’ll want to let it rest for several weeks. Vibrations from a long car ride or airplane can negatively affect the taste of wine, making it seem off. This phenomenon, known as travel shock or bottle shock, is temporary and can be reversed by simply letting your bottles rest in a cool, dry environment.
Written by Jill Perillo Clark