When buying wine either directly from a vineyard to take home while traveling abroad, or through a winery direct shipping program, you will want to avoid experiencing what is known as bottle shock.
Bottle shock is happens when a wine is shaken, shipped, or has just been bottle. We’d compare it to a teenager on an entire bag of Skittles, and too much caffeine. It tastes like that…in your glass.
If you’re wine fanatics like us, it can be tempted to pop open that brand new bottle right after it was corked. Avoid the temptation, though, because all wines need to rest a bit before opening. This includes all wines that are shipped directly from wine clubs or wineries to your home or office. How would you feel after bouncing all over a FedEx truck in the heat, getting thrown from place to place? Probably not too well, we’d imagine. A bottle shocked wine doesn’t taste good, and can be a very confusing and unpleasant wine tasting experience. We recommend waiting a month for new vintages, and a least 3 or 4 days for all other wines.