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Protect Your Wine Bottles In-Transit

It’s always the same story. You buy a couple of bottles of wine while on a business trip. While packing your suitcase for the flight home, you lovingly wrap each bottle in lingerie or your best shirts to avoid breakage. The bottles are then carefully nestled between slacks and shoes and socks and more slacks. Suitcase zipped, circuitous taxi-ride to the airport endured, you check in for your flight with Air Despair. The attendant gloms a destination tag onto the handle of your suitcase and then lovingly heaves it toward the conveyor belt. Your eyes go wide as the bag flies in slow motion to an unbelievably high apex, hangs in the air for a moment and then plummets at full speed into the gray plastic bin which trundles on, unconcerned.

In the back, baggage handlers are practicing for the annual forklift races. They carefully position your bag to mark the outside of turn 3 — a nasty hairpin after the longest straightaway. Driver after driver viciously punts your bag across the room while failing to negotiate the turn. Unaware of all this, you sip on bad airplane water as your bedraggled luggage is finally loaded onto the plane. You daydream about drinking that wine.

After a long relaxing flight filled with bumps in the night, crying children and some drunken business guy who makes Tarzan calls until he’s Tazered by a sky marshall, you skip merrily to the baggage claim. Good fortune! Your bag is first off the conveyor which rises from the abyss! But your smile fades and your face blanches when you see the bag looks as if it had been dragged along the ground for the entire flight, tethered to the plane by an impossibly long cable.

Back at the house, you are agitated and distracted. You kiss the dog, pat your spouse on the head and put your suitcase on the bed. You open it slowly, carefully. Inside, everything you had packed is now the same cheerful color of red. You recoil in horror then carefully start feeling around in the bag to see if anything survived unscathed. But not carefully enough! A shard of wine bottle glass slices your hand, an injury that requires thirty-seven stitches and ends your career as a concert brain surgeon.

But none of this had to happen. You could have used VinniBag. To quote the manufacturer, “VinniBag is a reusable travel bag with inflatable air chambers that protect and insulate wine bottles, other liquids, and fragile items. It’s designed to provide superior protection against impact and leakage, is easy to use, and stores flat, rolled or folded when not in use.”

But when would you not use it? They say it can also function “as a bath pillow, headrest, or great lumbar support while you’re stuck at your desk.” It’s Made in the USA and is recyclable. It’s VinniBag!

By the way, this might be just the thing to go with those stainless steel wine glasses. The perfect gift ensemble for your favorite wine and hiking geek!

I’ve seen them in stores, and now online, but haven’t tried one yet. If nothing else, it should be fun to test. They sell for $28 or $25 each if you buy more than one. If you’ve used one, leave a comment letting everyone know how you like it.



For the record, I don't know anyone at the company and am not compensated in any way if you buy a VinniBag.

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This article is original to Copyright 2010 NorCal Wine. All rights reserved. Banner photo of Fokker by TMWolf.


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