Bottle Protectors That Will Keep Your Wine Safe During Air Travel
October 19, 2010 | Permalink
Maybe while on a recent business trip you spent some of your off time roaming around the vineyards of Napa Valley. Perhaps you’ve enjoyed a sip of grape-induced heaven from a Pinot Noir produced in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Or, maybe you’ve taken time out of your busy tech meetings in Austin to visit the wineries in nearby Fredricksburg, Texas. Wherever you’ve managed to squeeze in a smooth glass of vino, you may have considered taking some home with you.
If you thought that was impossible just because you live hundreds of miles and a plane trip away from your favorite winery, think again. You could always ship the wine home, but then you risk losing it through a service that sometimes makes the Pony Express look like a better option. The best solution is simple, affordable and secure. You can pack your wine bottles in special bags that prevent leakages, breakages and any other potential travel damage. The following three brands are great examples of a good travel product to have on hand if you are a wine lover.
Magellan’s Travel Supplies has created a reputation for supplying some of the best travel products on the market. Its Bottle Armor is no deviation. The price is great and includes two Bottle Armor protectors as well as a corkscrew.
Magellan’s product wraps your bottle in durable bubble wrap packaging with a nylon outer cover. It has two zipped layers plus a Velcro flap that seal up to ensure your wine does not leak. Most importantly, the TSA can also see what is inside your Bottle Armor. It has a see-through window for easy identification, which means that your bottles will not be handled too judiciously by overly curious TSA agents.
Available at wineries and businesses that sell spirits throughout the country, WineSkin is also available at Magellan’s. However, it is much less expensive than Bottle Armor, even though the two utilize the same basic technology: a bubble wrap enclosure and two layers that seal to prevent leaks. WineSkin, on the other hand, is completely see-through. TSA agents will have no trouble identifying it.
WineSkin’s price is unbeatable, but you can only use these kinds of bottle protectors once. Thus, if you buy a great deal of wine, you would best benefit from the affordable WineSkin that comes in a convenient three-pack.
If you don’t trust bubble wrap, and if you want to reuse your bottle protector, the VinniBag is the right choice for you. Of course, this product is a little more expensive than the other protectors. However, you can continue to reuse it. Its price—about the same as a decent bottle of wine—is relatively consistent no matter where you purchase it. You can find the VinniBag at the company’s site, Magellan’s or at Amazon.com.
The VinniBag is unique because it uses an air chamber that protects your wine. Just place the bottle inside, seal it and fill the chamber with air. Luckily, the bag can withstand the dramatic temperature and air pressure changes that occur on a plane. And, unlike the other products, the VinniBag has an open design (not shaped like a bottle) that allows you to use it for other breakables as well.
All things considered, traveling on a plane can be detrimental to glass bottles of any sort. Who hasn’t heard horror stories red wine stains on business suits or glass shards at the bottom of a checked bag? And nowadays, you can’t take the wine with you in your carry-on luggage. Luckily, you can pack your precious wine in a travel protector and enjoy it when you arrive at your destination.
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