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Dear Dr. Vinny,

How bad is a day of rough handling for a good bottle of wine? Every time I go to my local wine merchant and buy some really expensive bottles, I worry about how bad the ride home is for them. I fret about whether I should take them straight down to the cellar, or if I can take them up to my home office first, so I can read the labels and enter all the details into my PC. Am I worrying over nothing? Do a few hours make any difference over 10 years' cellar time?

—Carl H., Stockholm, Sweden

Dear Carl,

Relax, my friend. In general, a little bumpy ride and mild temperature variation are not going to have much effect on the wine. I'm not sure how bad the roads are in Stockholm, but if you think the bottles have been more than a little shaken up, you might want them to rest overnight in your cellar before pulling corks. If you're worried about extremes in temperature, you may want to bring along some sort of insulated wine carrier.

—Dr. Vinny

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