Don’t know why, but it never occurred to me to worry about shipping wine in the winter. I realize you can’t ship in the summer unless you pay extra to ship in refrigerated trucks.
I shipped 6 bottles to Chicago mid-December to a customer. The shipping company even delayed it a few days due to weather. When it arrived, you can see in the picture that the corks on two of the bottles had popped up indicating that the WINE FROZE! (colder than 20F for quite a few hours) For you wine lovers, it is OK to drink, but most likely the wine will have lost its wonderful flavors, especially the ones with popped corks. Another thing I found out…the shippers and freight companies don’t cover this loss…an expensive lesson learned.
By the way, Turtles can survive freezing but Turtle Vines wine can not!!!