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(@2usvinuts)
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We have 11 bottles of wine that we would like to bring with us when we relocate. any suggestions for getting this wine to the island.

Scott

 
Posted : October 8, 2013 11:20 pm
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I am guessing that these are special ...real expensive... bottles that you want to drink some time n the future.

To me wine is wine...you buy it and you drink it... I have been drinking great, even very expensive wine for over 40 years....

you just get a good shipping case and ship it....If the cost of shipping a case of wine is too much for you....then the wine isn't worth shipping......just drink it....

 
Posted : October 9, 2013 12:43 am
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My question goes beyond transportation to storage - do you have a (good, safe, cool) place to store the wine once it gets here?

My husband and I have given up having good bottles of wine on St. Croix. The only way to get it here is in refrigerated transport, and even then half the time the wine has had something happen to it in the process (generally heat exposure) that renders it flat and ruined. I have never bought so many ruined bottles of wine as I have here, both in restaurants and stores. And that's saying something, considering I have a couple good friends that are wine distributors here.

I really don't know about shipping wine in a refrigerated container, I would imagine that is something to arrange with a shipping company - but even then, no guarantees.

If it were me, I would drink it before we left for the VI. A toast for the trip.

 
Posted : October 9, 2013 12:58 am
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Are there restrictions to bringing that much alcohol here? I don't know. We brought none, but I don't remember why. We probably just didn't want to move it.

 
Posted : October 9, 2013 1:20 am
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We recently bought a dozen bottles of good wine in the States. We also purchased
a styrofoam box at the wine store. Checked it as luggage on the plane and it arrived just fine with our other suitcases. No issues with the airline.

 
Posted : October 9, 2013 2:08 am
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I'm with Stxer1 on this one. We live in Vegas and are me bores of a wine club. They can only ship to us October-April due to heat. The cases are rather nice with styrofoam inserts. I've traveled with cases on the airline before with no issue. But don't try taking it through TSA. I think you have to tell them it is wine, because I do not think it goes into regular cargo due to pressure issues.

 
Posted : October 9, 2013 2:51 am
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Tottsmom is correct. You cannot take it through TSA because they only allow 3 ounces in the cabin. That's not even one glass! Haha. Gotta check it as baggage. By the way, Tottsmom, we bought the wine in Vegas!!

 
Posted : October 9, 2013 5:02 am
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I'm with Stxer1 on this one. We live in Vegas and are me bores of a wine club. They can only ship to us October-April due to heat. The cases are rather nice with styrofoam inserts. I've traveled with cases on the airline before with no issue. But don't try taking it through TSA. I think you have to tell them it is wine, because I do not think it goes into regular cargo due to pressure issues.

Most, if not all, commercial airplanes are pressurized uniformly: i.e. cargo and people area pressure is the same. Otherwise animals would not be able to fly in cargo. The difference between cargo and passenger area is usually heating, but it isn't an extreme difference. The outside temp at 37,000 feet is -40 C. If the cargo area wasn't somewhat heated, you would have a very frozen bag in baggage claim!

 
Posted : October 9, 2013 7:24 am
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I have wine shipped from CA on a regular basis. The winery ships to Paradise Freight in FL and it arrives safe and sound on STX.

 
Posted : October 9, 2013 10:27 am
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We bought a wine refrigerator a long time ago. Our wine is always kept at the optimum storage temperature. As far as drinking it though, I prefer my red wine to be chilled not the room temperature here in the VI.

 
Posted : October 9, 2013 12:11 pm
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boyd46, which winery are you ordering from? We love CA wine.

 
Posted : October 9, 2013 1:10 pm
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Margaritagirl

www.murrietaswell.com

 
Posted : October 9, 2013 1:55 pm
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Thanks boyd46, I will check it out.

 
Posted : October 10, 2013 12:53 pm
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I should clarify what I'm doing and why I asked the question. My wife and I are relocating to ST Thomas we will be flying with lots of luggage and our dog so adding this box of wine to checked baggage would be a hassle.
I have 11 bottles of wine that we want to bring, some are cheap some are very sentimental, ornamental or expensive. Bottom line; I just want it to be in our home once we get there.
So back to my question which I will rephrase, I don't think I asked it correctly. What's the best way to ship my personnel bottles of wine to St Thomas?
Does UPS, FedEx ship wine it doesn't need to be refrigerated.

I was considering packing them in a box and making sure they are in our household goods container. I wonder if there are any legal issues with that? if there damaged/broken it wouldn't be the end of the world but like I said there is some sentimental value.

Thanks again for all the reply's.

Scott

 
Posted : October 12, 2013 12:55 pm
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I should clarify what I'm doing and why I asked the question. My wife and I are relocating to ST Thomas we will be flying with lots of luggage and our dog so adding this box of wine to checked baggage would be a hassle.
I have 11 bottles of wine that we want to bring, some are cheap some are very sentimental, ornamental or expensive. Bottom line; I just want it to be in our home once we get there.
So back to my question which I will rephrase, I don't think I asked it correctly. What's the best way to ship my personnel bottles of wine to St Thomas?
Does UPS, FedEx ship wine it doesn't need to be refrigerated.

I was considering packing them in a box and making sure they are in our household goods container. I wonder if there are any legal issues with that? if there damaged/broken it wouldn't be the end of the world but like I said there is some sentimental value.

Thanks again for all the reply's.

Scott

We shipped wine and other spirits in the 20 foot container we shipped down last year. Pack them tight and you will have no breakage. We had none.

CD

 
Posted : October 12, 2013 12:58 pm
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I would soak the labels off the cheap and ornamental ones and paste them on new bottles when you get here and just put the remaining expensive ones in your checked luggage.

 
Posted : October 12, 2013 1:02 pm
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Did you list the wine along with your other thinks for good old customs, or do I just take a chance?
We just want to make sure we do the right thing!

On another note we will have a few extra feet available in our shipping container
so last night we were discussing the things we would need that are expensive on STT like dog food and we are unsure how we are going to list a large amount of dog food on our packing /shipping document with out raising customs concern, that we aren't bringing it in for resale, we just know it will keep for a long time, especially 20 cases of canned dog food.

All we want is a smooth transition.

 
Posted : October 12, 2013 1:09 pm
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Doesn't sound like an option I would use. we already have many checked bags and a dog to worry about moving through airports.
so bringing this stuff on the airplane isn't an option for us.
but thanks for the suggestion

 
Posted : October 12, 2013 1:12 pm
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In a shipping container you would just include it on the manifest that you will have for Customs when you clear the container -- a broker is a big help in many cases - they are doing it every day.

 
Posted : October 12, 2013 1:12 pm
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That's great than I will check with MEME and see if there are any legal requirements and on our manifest before placing them in our shipping container.

 
Posted : October 12, 2013 1:37 pm
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Drink the wine - bring the bottles IMO. Welcome (soon) to STT!!

Ps: I just made these from random wine bottles. A cool way to keep the memory and also be functional. Fairly easy to make:

 
Posted : October 13, 2013 10:07 pm
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