Tom V wrote:. I was wondering if anyone has packed a decent bottle in their checked suitcase for a plane ride and if so how it tasted upon arrival....
Paul Winalski wrote:As long as the bottle's properly padded (e.g., stuck in the middle of clothing), I've never had trouble with transporting wine in checked-in luggage. Although the last time I tried it was pre-9/11. I don't know if TSA has issues with the practice.
You mentioned you were going to Mexico. There might be customs issues.
Tom V wrote:Based on the helpful input, thanks folks, I will pack a couple of young uncomplicated wines...a 2010 Louis M. Martini Sonoma Cabernet to bring to dinner one night, and a 2010 Chateau Margui Coteaux Varois Rose that I picked up from Garagiste, a lovely wine with a nice very slight bit of sweetness to it, for the balcony or beach.
As for the packing, it will be the maiden run for the bright yellow wine protectors that I purchased from Wine Enthusiast which provide "Two layers of shock-absorbent, insulating neoprene and velcro closures"...might turn out to be the best wine gadget I own!
Paul Winalski wrote:As long as the bottle's properly padded (e.g., stuck in the middle of clothing), I've never had trouble with transporting wine in checked-in luggage.
Victorwine wrote:Mark wrote;
I tried the same trick going from CA to IN with nearly as good results (one bottle was smashed on arrival), so at this point I'm 29/30 with them.
With the one bottle that didn’t make it, did the “wineskin” contain the “spilled” wine? I believe the Wine Enthusiast “Bottle Guards” that Tom is talking about is made of neoprene and held around the bottle with velcro. (Not sure if the neoprene could soak up a whole bottle of wine?)