QUICK UPDATE: The lowest quote I've received is $1884 to ship 200 bottles across the country. That includes me boxing it, providing all supplies, and no insurance (I'd have to cover it through my home-owners policy). It is door-to-door in a refrigerated truck at 55 degrees.
Another option. I discovered that if I fly Virgin America from JFK to LAX, I am allowed to have up to 10 check-in suitcases, up to 50 lbs. each. Assuming that 12 bottles of wine weigh about 35 lbs, I may be able to fit 14-15 bottles in each hard-case suitcase, each wrapped carefully in bubble wrap.
I'm pretty sure I can get my 200 bottles down to 145-150 bottles by gifting and heavy drinking over the next five weeks.
The cost for this option: $25 each shipping for 10 suitcases. Plus $50 each for the 10 suitcases (assuming I can find them at Marshalls). Plus about $100 extra for the excess baggage on the airport limo shuttle.
That still saves me about $1000, plus I get my wine there in one day, not 2-3 weeks. It will be a ROYAL PAIN to handle ten, 50 lb suitcases all by myself in JFK and LAX. My wife will pick me up at the airport.
What do you guys think? Is this insane?