I was just talking to the manager of our warehousing company, and I was amazed to hear that most of the containers they unload are NOT temperature-controlled. We have used 'working reefers' (containers that are insulated and actively cooled to a given temperature) for about 15 years for every single load we import, year 'round. Our warehouse is temperature-controlled, and our trucks are temperature-controlled, both here and when picking up the wine in Italy. We also occasionally use a clever little device called a data logger to check shipment temperatures, just to keep everyone honest. Many wine producers are trying to use less SO2 these days, and I think temperature control of wine is more important now than ever.
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