FEDEX V. UPS: Who’s Wine Deliveries Are Hotter?
Just something to consider….
I was talking with a journalist in Colorado today who receives a lot of wine shipments to his home…every day. He disclosed to me that in a very consistent way wines delivered by UPS are about 15 degrees warmer than wines delivered by FED EX.
How does he know this? He measures the temperatures of the outside of the boxes when they arrive at his home with a laser temperature guage. He says the difference in temperature between UPS and FED EX is consistent.
"Why," I asked him, "would this be the case?
In his opinion the reason is two fold: 1) The brown trucks of UPS absorb more heat than white trucks of FED EX. 2) UPS has translucent panels on their their trucks that allow more heat in.
And how hot are the boxes that come from UPS? "Usually 90 degrees or warmer," he said.
Summer isn’t the best time to be having wine shipped unless you go overnight delivery. The chance of getting a heat stroked wine is just too high. A lot of places you buy from will hold the wine for you until the fall and cooler temperatures roll around. However, a journalist writing regular reviews and on a publishing deadline doesn’t have this luxury.
So…just an anecdote from a curious journalist with a thermometer.