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Flying with Wine

by Redwinger » Sat Jun 14, 2008 10:18 am

I'm planning a little Oregon gataway next month. July pretty much precludes shipping except for ultra-$$$ next day air, I was curious about any recent experiences out there shipping via checked baggage. Yeah, I know I'll get whacked with a surcharge.
Is it still allowed?
Would you recommend it?
Other alternatives I'm overlooking?

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Re: Flying with Wine

by Howie Hart » Sat Jun 14, 2008 10:22 am

Last year I flew to DC with a case of wine. I packed each of the bottles in those inflatable things and then packed them all in a large cooler, which I secured with a heavy strap. All went well.
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Re: Flying with Wine

by Mike Filigenzi » Sat Jun 14, 2008 11:38 am

I shipped some back with me when I went to visit my parents last January. I used a styrofoam shipper and didn't have any problems. (Of course, things change quickly and generally for the worse with air travel these days, so that info may be obsolete by now.)
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Re: Flying with Wine

by Mark Lipton » Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:15 am

Redwinger wrote:I'm planning a little Oregon gataway next month. July pretty much precludes shipping except for ultra-$$$ next day air, I was curious about any recent experiences out there shipping via checked baggage. Yeah, I know I'll get whacked with a surcharge.
Is it still allowed?
Would you recommend it?
Other alternatives I'm overlooking?

Bill, I flew back from CA last month with a 12-bottle styrofoam shipper as checked baggage. No problems, and it got all my ESJ goodies back for no extra charge.

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Re: Flying with Wine

by Richard Fadeley » Wed Jun 18, 2008 5:08 pm

Just about everywhere I travel I take an empty 12 bottle carrier (checked as luggage), and fill it up at my destination. So far I've been successful. Recent trips include Philly; NY; San Jose, CA; Sonoma, CA; Paris; Florence, IT; etc.
Just pace yourself because it doesn't take long to fill 'er up. But you can always stuff one or two bottles into your other luggage. Additional charges now apply, but they are not too unreasonable. Have fun.
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Re: Flying with Wine

by Robert Reynolds » Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:06 pm

where can one buy the styrofoam shipping box?
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Re: Flying with Wine

by Carl Eppig » Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:09 pm

Robert Reynolds wrote:where can one buy the styrofoam shipping box?


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Re: Flying with Wine

by Cynthia Wenslow » Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:11 pm

Robert Reynolds wrote:where can one buy the styrofoam shipping box?


Most UPS Stores have them too. Well, at least in normal states.
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Re: Flying with Wine

by Mark Lipton » Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:11 am

Cynthia Wenslow wrote:
Robert Reynolds wrote:where can one buy the styrofoam shipping box?


Most UPS Stores have them too. Well, at least in normal states.


That's ironic, since UPS is well-known to confiscate wine shipped by individuals using their service. I wonder what their stated use for those styrofoam shippers would be?

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Re: Flying with Wine

by Keith M » Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:16 am

Mark Lipton wrote:
Cynthia Wenslow wrote:
Robert Reynolds wrote:where can one buy the styrofoam shipping box?


Most UPS Stores have them too. Well, at least in normal states.


That's ironic, since UPS is well-known to confiscate wine shipped by individuals using their service. I wonder what their stated use for those styrofoam shippers would be?

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Re: Flying with Wine

by Redwinger » Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:34 am

Mark Lipton wrote:
Cynthia Wenslow wrote:
Robert Reynolds wrote:where can one buy the styrofoam shipping box?


Most UPS Stores have them too. Well, at least in normal states.


That's ironic, since UPS is well-known to confiscate wine shipped by individuals using their service. I wonder what their stated use for those styrofoam shippers would be?

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Re: Flying with Wine

by JC (NC) » Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:13 am

I've pretty much concluded I won't try to bring wine back from Southern France this summer. My most recent visit to California was last October when the weather was more reasonable. I shipped two packages of wine from a facility in Monterey. I forget if UPS turned me down and the FedEx across the street agreed to ship them or if it was the reverse. They were all purchased at wineries but in one to three bottles per winery so I didn't want to have the wineries each doing a shipment. I've also transported wine in the cargo hold of the airplane in styrofoam shippers but had four bottles of wine cooked during a four-hour delay on the tarmac at LaGuardia.
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Re: Flying with Wine

by Paul Winalski » Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:52 pm

Fed Ex and DHL both ship wine. California wineries use them for direct shipping.

I've packed wine in styrofoam containers in my checked-in baggage. Be prepared to have TSA open the packages for inspection, though (at least they don't open the bottles, or they haven't so far anyway).

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Re: Flying with Wine

by Mark Willstatter » Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:09 pm

Paul Winalski wrote:Fed Ex and DHL both ship wine. California wineries use them for direct shipping.


Many California wineries use UPS for direct shipping, too. It's only for individuals that they are reluctant to ship wine. It partly depends on where you live, though. The list of states to which UPS is willing to ship wine even for wineries has typically been shorter then FedEx's.
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Re: Flying with Wine

by Mark Lipton » Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:32 pm

Mark Willstatter wrote:
Paul Winalski wrote:Fed Ex and DHL both ship wine. California wineries use them for direct shipping.


Many California wineries use UPS for direct shipping, too. It's only for individuals that they are reluctant to ship wine. It partly depends on where you live, though. The list of states to which UPS is willing to ship wine even for wineries has typically been shorter then FedEx's.


FedEx officially won't ship wine for individuals, either, but I find more of a "don't ask, don't tell" attitude there. For security, though, I double box my wine shipments. So far, no troubles.

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Re: Flying with Wine

by JC (NC) » Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:40 pm

Reading the other responses, I'm pretty sure it was FedEx that allowed me to ship the packages.

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