Log In / Join Now

Ask Dr. Vinny

Do you have a question for Dr. Vinny? Ask it here...

Dear Dr. Vinny,

I am in the process of building a substantial wine cellar while I can! (Read, while I am single.) I do plan on moving at least once more. Does it harm a wine to stand it up, and what about the temperature change when moving it? What do I need to know to move it properly?

—Kevin K., Vancouver, British Columbia

Dear Kevin,

If your wine has to move around, do what you can to keep it stable and free from temperature swings during the move. It's best to use insulated shipping containers and refrigerated transport—and avoid doing it during the hottest months. Otherwise, a few days of transport (as long as the temperature doesn't go through any radical changes) should be OK. In my experience, wine doesn't like to travel, so avoid opening anything until it's rested for at least a couple of days.

—Dr. Vinny

Wine Basics

We break down the basics—how to taste, serve, store and more. Plus:
» Maps of major wine regions
» Grape variety characteristics

How-to Videos

Learn to taste wine like a pro, pull a cork with flair, get great wine service in a restaurant and more

Wine Spectator School: All courses are FREE for WineSpectator.com Members

Learn from the experts and get the most out of each sip. Take one of our online courses or take them all—from the ABCs of Tasting to in-depth seminars on Food Pairing, California Cabernet, Bordeaux, Tuscany, Sensory Evaluation and more.

Browse our course catalog
Check out the professional wine sales and service courses
Learn Wine Forum: Got questions? Get answers

WineRatings+ app: Download now for 340,000+ ratings.