Originally Posted by ronjohn55
To answer question #1... Yes. The heat can cause them to break. It's not just the temp from the store though, it's the temp it was at when bottled. It came a sealed vessel at that point. Usually with corks, they'll simply push out if the pressure becomes to great. With some of the synthetics they hold in better, and with screw tops there's nowhere for them to go. So the pressure builds until the container gives out and the glass breaks. As the contents were heating up, the pressure inside the bottle was building.... when it hit the failure point of the glass, it broke.
#2 For cleaning, clean the areas that got the wine on them. The rest of the car will just need to air out (Some Febreeze might help).
That's interesting. I've transported wine in my trunk for years and never had this problem. Now I know better.
And yes, Chef June, I should keep a cooler in the trunk. Call it laziness. If I think there's a problem I keep the things in the A/C interior of the car. I didn't think wine was a problem - again - Now I know better.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions.