Please Don’t Spill Burgundy on My Brassiere

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redred_bra Next week we’re flying to California for Russian River Wine Road Barrel Tasting (more about that later). First, we’re stopping in San Francisco to meet up with some of our Wine Blogger friends. Then we’re driving over to Murphys to visit El Jefe at Twisted Oak Winery. If we survive El Jefe and his Twisted Rubber Chickens, we may stop in Napa to visit with WineDiverGirl on the way to Sonoma to meet up with some other winos on Thea’s Fabulous Wine Tasting Tour. Somewhere along the way we’re going to talk to some other winemakers. We plan to come back with lots of great new stories to share with you, our gentle  readers.

Wine Travel Tips: Given that the TSA has decided we can no longer carry on liquids over 3 ounces and they must fit into one little quart-sized bag and we tend to have enough hair care products to max that out, what are we to do if we find some fabulous wine that we want to enjoy at a later date, in the comfort of our own home?

If you’re like us, you face this same dilemma.  It would be much simpler to just have it shipped home; unless of course you live in one of the goofy states that has decided you’re a child and the State government must dictate to you where you buy your wine.

If you’re going to bring back just a couple of bottles, in the past, you just put it in your carry on luggage and put it under your seat. But we’re visiting so many wineries, it’s doubtful that we’re going to be buying cases at each stop.
BottleWise

Since, we don’t want to have an entire wardrobe of burgundy clothes, we need a  way to travel without breaking the bottles in our checked luggage.

One of the attorneys I work with went on a cruise where she discovered a fabulous product to help keep your Merlot in its bottle and off your unmentionables. It’s a product called BottleWise; who provides the following travel tips on their site:

  1. Bottles in carry-on luggage, even if done so by accident, are confiscated at security check points. Few provisions, if any, are available for quickly packing and shipping bottles once in the airport. Most passengers report having to give up a good bottle or drink it before being allowed through security.
  2. Airport security personnel will typically x-ray and, if necessary, manually inspect the contents of your checked luggage. Even if you took great care to wrap your bottles in clothing, there’s no guarantee that a TSA agent with a back log of bags to inspect will be as careful. With BottleWise, it’s easy to quickly zip the Bot’lPak back up and ensure the bottle stays safe throughout the flight.
  3. Under normal conditions luggage compartments on modern aircraft are pressurized so there is no risk to bottles popping an unopened cap or cork. It is not recommended that you transport open or re-corked bottles.
  4. Airlines do not provide compensation for damage to luggage contents created from spills or leaks. Passengers are generally advised to take the necessary precautions to protect bottles and other glass in their bags.
  5. Some airlines have their own alcohol restrictions so it’s wise to check beforehand just to be safe. In addition, some States in the US restrict the transport of wine and alcohol so be sure to know the rules of your state before you fly.

BottleWise advertises that their products come with an unconditional life-time guarantee. Wouldn’t it be great if everything came with one of those?

Stay tuned for information about our Trip and on Thea’s Fabulous Barrel Tasting Tour!

Cheers!

Amy Corron Power, the WineWonkette~ Amy Corron Power,
aka WineWonkette

About Amy Corron Power

A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and nearly 10,000 twitter fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events.
  • http://www.winedivergirl.wordpress.com WineDiverGirl

    Love the, um, photo at top…Here is THE Napa Shipping Resource. I have never used them (I live here :) …but have heard basically from EVERYONE that Buffalo Shipping is THE place to go: http://buffalo.winecountrywebs.com/

    Good luck. I'd HATE for you to short change yourself because of the TSA. If you don't buy and shipp home cases of wine, the terrorists win! F-'em.

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com WineWonkette

      I thought maybe if I posted a “bodacious ta-tas” pic I could get us nominated for Best Graphics on a Wine Blog next year!

      I'll check out Buffalo Shipping, because one can never have TOO MUCH wine :)

  • http://www.winedivergirl.wordpress.com WineDiverGirl

    Love the, um, photo at top…Here is THE Napa Shipping Resource. I have never used them (I live here :) …but have heard basically from EVERYONE that Buffalo Shipping is THE place to go: http://buffalo.winecountrywebs.com/

    Good luck. I'd HATE for you to short change yourself because of the TSA. If you don't buy and shipp home cases of wine, the terrorists win! F-'em.

  • http://www.elbloggotorcido.com/ El Jefe

    At Twisted Oak we'll be happy to provide shipping containers, and we're licensed to ship to TX if you want us to send anything (that's something we do for everyone!)

    The other trick is to get good 12 bottle shipping containers and check them as your baggage. Your clothes you ship home via UPS – dirty laundry is not regulated by the 21st amendment and you can ship it to any state!

  • Heide

    Sounds like a fun trip, do you have restaurants lined up yet?

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com WineWonkette

      Not yet. Joe would love to do The French Laundry but I told him that would have to come on another anniversary ;)

      Do you have any suggestions?

  • http://www.thewinesleuth.co.uk The Winesleuth

    Thea's Fabulous Barrel tasting tour–whaaaaa, I want to go! ;-)

    Seriously, I have traveled back and forth London-SF ( and,unfortunately, not non-stop) on numerous occasions with up 4 bottles just wrapped up in newspaper and carefully arranged, and I've never had a broken bottle. I don't know if it helps or not but I always slap a couple of fragile stickers that the airline gives you on the suitcases. Good luck!

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com jpower

      I thought those stickers just made the baggage handlers reenact the old Samsonite gorilla commercials. :)

  • Sailor Wes

    Next time I am sitting on a plane with a wine blogger I am going to take a much closer look. Or at least strike up a conversation. Ahh, who am I kidding, I always sleep on planes. Anyway nice tips you got here.

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com WineWonkette

      You would have had a loooooong conversation were you traveling from Houston to San Francisco with us on SWAir. We stopped in Austin, then Denver and finally San Francisco some 7 hours later. Convenient because they fly out of Hobby, but the city (Air)bus-type route is going to give me DVT yet!

      • Sailor Wes

        I was the guy that got on in Denver. Will keep reading.

        If you get any good San Francisco Restaurant tips send them my way.

        • http://www.anotherwineblog.com WineWonkette

          Ah, you were on the other side in the aisle seat! Hope we didn't bother you too much laughing over Dennis Leary's new book!

  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com WineWonkette

    Ah, you were on the other side in the aisle seat! Hope we didn't bother you too much laughing over Dennis Leary's new book!

  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com WineWonkette

    Ah, you were on the other side in the aisle seat! Hope we didn't bother you too much laughing over Dennis Leary's new book!

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