Wine & Travel

Snooth User: borisotoole

Transporting wine by car

Posted by borisotoole, Jun 22, 2010.

I need to know how much heat red wine can typically endure and for how long. I want to travel from the south of Spain to Ireland by car with some cases of Spanish red and am afraid of the summer heat ruining them. The trip will take a week. Can anybody advise?



Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 22, 2010.

wow... there's a lot of variables involved... i would suggest (if it's possible) to ship it to Ireland....

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Jun 22, 2010.

I'd skip it, for sure.  It can get 100+ degrees F in a car, easily.

Reply by John Andrews, Jun 22, 2010.

If you insist on traveling by car I'd invest in large coolers with ice packs. As GDD has mentioned high temperatures in car can be easily attained and the only way to offset that is to try keep the wine cool.  A week would be too long at the high summer temperatures. 

Reply by borisotoole, Jun 22, 2010.

Thank you folks. Much appreciated and you may have saved me a few euros.


Reply by Jimmy Cocktail, Jun 23, 2010.

Rather than coolers with ice packs, my wife and I use a cooler that you can plug into the cigarette lighter or power port in the car. With a wall adapter is can go right from the car to the hotel or house and keep a nicely cool temperature. No messing with ice and you get to use all the space available in the cooler.

Reply by shawkes, Jun 23, 2010.

How about keeping it in the car with the air conditioner on?  Not the trunk.

Reply by dynowine, Jun 23, 2010.

I live in Southern California at the moment and this is a problem most of the year.  The "alarm" indicator is the neck temperature of the bottle, if it feels lanything more than lukewarm, the damage has started.

I use a large, cheap styrofoam cooler with re-usable ice packs that will hold about 6 bottles, maybe 8.  The ice must be changed daily or more often if the cooler and wine are stored in the car.

Car temps routinely exceed 85 deg F even in the Spring and Fall here, even though the air temp might be a pleasant 70 deg F.  This has to due with the solar gain through the car windows.  

Uncomfortable for humans, unbearable for wines.

Without an automated cooler with its own power source, you will be babysitting those wines all the way back to Eire.

Reply by Jimmy Cocktail, Jun 24, 2010.

shawkes, the trunk would be better than the car itself if only because of the shade factor. However, even that will only be good as long as the car itself is running. It only takes a couple of minutes for the interior of a car to heat up beyond what is appropriate for wine.

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