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Jul 22, 2011 06:40 AM

Million dollar drop as wine tumbles

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  1. C'est la vie . . . you know what they say: "feces transpires."

    At Gallo -- admittedly a different "level" of winemaking -- they run around with forklifts that carry triple pallets (three 56-60 case pallets stacked atop one another). When one of those drops, and they *do*, that's 168 to 180 cases . . . BOOM! The forklift driver doesn't even stop. He just turns around, grabs three more, and keeps going, leaving the mess of boxes, broken glass and wine for the clean-up crew.

    When I worked in Napa, there was an earthquake in Livermore (approx. 90 miles away). We had a triple stack of Cabernet tumble (168 cases).

    A standard pallet carries 56 cardboard cases of 12/750ml bottles (12-pack stand-ups). Wooden Bordeaux boxes are, IIRC, 49 cases to a pallet. If the wine comes in 6-pack lay-downs -- wood or cardboard -- obviously it's more, but . . .

    >>> more than $1 million worth of shiraz wine has gone down the drain after it was dropped by a malfunctioning forklift. The 462 cases of 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove shiraz - at $185 a bottle - fell more than 6m to the ground as it was being loaded for export from Adelaide to the US. <<<

    . . . even a triple-pallet stack doesn't equal 462 six-packs.

    I feel bad for Sparky, but I can't figure out how they dropped THAT much wine nearly 20 feet . . .

    2 Replies
    1. re: zin1953

      I smell an insurance claim rat here.

      1. re: zin1953

        I suspect it wasn't your normal forklift.
        The wine was in a shipping container being loadedonto a ship.

      2. Ouch!!!

        I think they will review their shipping process to have a maximum load on each haul!!

        (obligatory fork-lift accident youtube video)