AN ART WELL MAS­TERED

An­drew Cail­lard can travel with wine without break­ing it

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - HOW I PACK - AS TOLD TO PAUL EWART

He’s the fine wine prin­ci­pal for En­deav­our Drinks Group, which in­cludes lead­ing wine re­tailer Cel­lar­mas­ters, and is one of only 24 of­fi­cial “masters of wine” in Aus­tralia. As such, An­drew Cail­lard has the en­vi­able task of trav­el­ling around the coun­try, and the world, in search of a good drop.

Af­ter years spent hop­ping around Aus­tralia’s wine re­gions, along­side trips to the likes of France, Italy, Ja­pan and New Zealand, this vino ex­pert has mas­tered the art of pack­ing a bot­tle of wine without it break­ing en route.

I PACK FOR A TRIP BY …

Look­ing at where I’m go­ing. For ex­am­ple, when I go to Bordeaux, I al­ways take a suit and black tie. The French are still quite for­mal. I also have a stan­dard way of dress­ing, so it’s re­ally easy: shirt, jeans – some­times chi­nos – and RM Wil­liams boots, plus a jacket. I tend to pack plenty of col­lared shirts as I never quite know where and when I can get things laun­dered. If it’s win­ter in Europe I take a coat and a scarf.

MY ESSEN­TIALS FOR A WORK TRIP IN­CLUDE …

My iPhone, which I use as a note­book. Be­ing able to write notes on the go is re­ally use­ful as they can be im­me­di­ately turned into copy for a wine re­view if ne­c­es­sary. The most im­por­tant tool though is my nose and palate, which never needs pack­ing.

MY LUG­GAGE IS …

Vic­tori­nox. The style of hand lug­gage al­lows an easy place­ment in and out of the bag at se­cu­rity. But the wheels are sec­ond to none and re­ally handy when walk­ing fast through an air­port. I once bought an ex­pen­sive Ri­mowa suit­case but it got smashed at Charles de Gaulle on its first out­ing, so I gave up with that.

MY BIG­GEST PACK­ING MIS­TAKE WAS …

Buy­ing the Ri­mowa suit­case. Style over sub­stance is a bad idea, es­pe­cially when it comes to suit­cases, which quickly get scuffed and dam­aged, so it’s best to get some­thing sturdy.

I NEVER BOARD A FLIGHT WITHOUT …

My lap­top. I of­ten work on the first leg out of Syd­ney on a long haul. I find the at­mos­phere ex­tremely con­ducive to writ­ing ar­ti­cles or re­views on wine. Also, mois­turiser is key, and I’ll take a jersey for warmth.

MY OUT­FIT WHEN I TRAVEL …

Jeans and shirt – very sim­ple.

I USED TO PACK …

My whole wardrobe as a young man, but now I travel as light as pos­si­ble.

MY GO-TO TRAVEL APP IS …

I’m still liv­ing in the ana­log age to some ex­tent, but a few of my regulars are the Book­ing.com and Ex­pe­dia apps when plan­ning flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion. WeChat is es­sen­tial when trav­el­ling through Asia and What­sApp is handy when trav­el­ling as part of a group.

I MAKE A HO­TEL ROOM FEEL LIKE HOME BY …

My wife, Bobby, some­times comes along on trips, which does help make a room much more homely.

MY PACK­ING RES­O­LU­TION IS …

I’d advise that you should al­ways pack your own bags. Bobby used to pack mine, un­til I once told her go­ing away was like a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion. Soon af­ter we had a week­end away and she didn’t pack my bags at all … and nor had I. Bad mis­take!

PIC­TURE: ISTOCK

For Bordeaux, An­drew Cail­lard packs to suit French sen­si­bil­i­ties.

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