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Shipping wine home to Calif. from Spain -- financially feasible?

Shipping wine home to Calif. from Spain -- financially feasible?

Sep 3rd, 2014, 02:43 PM
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The OP asking about shipping wine 15 months ago (Thread was topped by an advertiser)
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Sep 3rd, 2014, 02:51 PM
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According to what we learned in July, UPS has more than doubled the cost of shipping wine back to the States, which is reason to invest in the proper shipping container, if you want to bring back a few great bottles, something like the WineKaddy 9 Bottle carrier, or the wheeled 8-pZack pro WineCruzer.
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Sep 3rd, 2014, 03:00 PM
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Wineries in both the US and abroad have cardboard shippers fitted with egg crate or styrofoam inserts; some will give them to you for free, others charge $10 or the equivalent. Again, no need for special luggage.
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Sep 3rd, 2014, 03:13 PM
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I have only carry-on'd wine - as many as 5 bottles - so I don't really have much to offer.

Except . . .

When you get it home, let it rest for 3 - 4 months before consuming. Wine likes to rest after an airplane or an ocean voyage. So be patient.

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Sep 3rd, 2014, 09:37 PM
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I have only carry-on'd wine - as many as 5 bottles - so I don't really have much to offer.

Bought from the duty-free, I presume?


Wine likes to rest after an airplane or an ocean voyage.

The bottles are sealed. How do they know where they have been?
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Sep 4th, 2014, 03:55 AM
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No Spark, bought from a vineyard in Brunello on release. I also carried 2 x 2 liter jugs of home brew back from Hungary one time.

As for resting, if you don't believe me - just try it. 3 weeks on the high seas in a hold involves a lot of jostling with varying humidity & temperature. On an airplane, it gets pressurized & depressurized as you got up to 35K & back down - just like your body. Corks breathe . . . and fine wine is a living thing.

But, do what you want.

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Sep 4th, 2014, 04:09 AM
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That might be true of wine that has a cork made of cork, rather than a screw cap or plastic cork, but 3/4 months is in any case unnecessary. A few days at the proper temperature is all that's needed.
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Sep 4th, 2014, 04:30 AM
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I wasn't aware of security allowing you to bring wine through security. Must be a new, and welcome, development.
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Sep 4th, 2014, 05:02 AM
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No, all of the above was in checked bags iirc. The Brunello was from 1997 & bought in 2002. I just drank the last bottle 2 months ago. It was a stunner.

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Sep 4th, 2014, 05:04 AM
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Ah. You said carried on, hence my confusion.

When I do check wine, I usually end up waiting a while before drinking it anyway.
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Sep 4th, 2014, 08:15 AM
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Same here, sparkchaser. It would be interesting to try 2bottles of the same wine blind, one straight off the plane, one that has rested.

(Kind of reminds me of conversations I've had about aerators. Do they "work", and can one actually tell a difference? Empirical data is thin on the ground.)
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