Have Wine, Will Travel

Trav­el­ing with wine is now eas­ier than ever when you travel smart.

LuxeGetaways - - Travel Gear Traveling With Wine - BY PRISCILLA PILON

Whether vis­it­ing Bordeaux or Sonoma, one of the most dif­fi­cult times of any get­away is be­ing forced to part ways with the fa­vorite vin­tages dis­cov­ered dur­ing the wine tast­ings. Nat­u­rally, the de­sire is to share the ex­pe­ri­ence back home with friends and fam­ily pronto, and not wait for days (or weeks) for the box to ar­rive in the mail. Worse yet, en­dur­ing fruit­less weeks while wait­ing for an in­ter­na­tional ship­ment to clear cus­toms. Trans­port­ing red wine in checked bags was at one time a very risky game of roulette with your clothes. The in­ven­tion of sim­ple in­flat­a­bles and clever, spe­cial­ized rolling lug­gage pieces have made it eas­ier than ever to ar­rive home stain-free, and ready to pop the cork to get the party started.

Op­tions for am­a­teurs and sea­soned wine col­lec­tors in­clude:

VIN­NI­BAG

– an in­flat­able, reusable bag for sin­gle bot­tles of wine or spir­its. Stores flat when not in use. Re­tail $28.00 USD el­lessco.com/vin­ni­bag

WINECRUZER

– the ul­ti­mate durable and lightweight lug­gage. Holds up to 12 bot­tles of wine. Be­cause it is in­su­lated with a foam in­te­rior, wine will re­main at the same tem­per­a­ture for six to eight hours, and is less sus­cep­ti­ble to ther­mal shock and vi­bra­tion is­sues. Ex­tended han­dle and wheels for ease of trans­port. Re­tail $399.95 USD winecruzer.com

VIN­GARDE­VALISE® GRANDE 04

– the most ver­sa­tile op­tion with four spin­ner wheels and the abil­ity to be used as a reg­u­lar suit­case when not trans­port­ing wine. The flex­i­ble in­te­rior has re­mov­able wine cav­i­ties shaped to ac­com­mo­date wine bot­tles of var­i­ous shapes and sizes, and can hold up to 12 wine or 10 wine and two cham­pagne bot­tles. If trav­el­ing with less, in­serts can be re­moved to make room for clothes and toi­letries. Re­tail $299.95 USD vin­garde­valise.com How much wine can you bring into the United States from abroad? Ac­cord­ing to U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion, “Gen­er­ally, one liter of al­co­hol per per­son may be brought into the U.S. duty-free by trav­el­ers who are 21 years old, or older; al­though trav­el­ers com­ing from the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands or other Caribbean coun­tries are en­ti­tled to more. Ad­di­tional quan­ti­ties may be en­tered, al­though they will be sub­ject to duty and Federal ex­cise taxes, which will be as­sessed and col­lected at the port of en­try. Al­co­holic bev­er­ages pur­chased in duty-free shops are sub­ject to duty and federal ex­cise tax when ac­com­pa­ny­ing you into the United States.”

Duty: lux­eget­aways.info/duty

Federal Ex­cise Tax: lux­eget­aways.info/tax

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