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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


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