Wine is a fussy product. Starting from its very beginnings as embryonic genetic material located on the buds of vines, to its moment of glory in your glass, there are countless chemical reactions, pitfalls and opportunities to be navigated and controlled in order to create a good bottle of wine. The vast majority of these is, fortunately, taken care of by the time we actually buy a bottle of wine, as the vigneron has spent the entire year wrestling against nature, ensuring the right balance of sugars, acids and flavour compounds, before handing over the baton to the wine-maker. This is where the grapes will be converted into wine through the magical process of fermentation, possibly aged and then bottled with care being taken to ensure biological stability. Then depending on where the wine is to be sold, it will go through a long or short supply route, potentially crossing oceans, continents and all sorts of checks before it finally appears on a shop shelf or restaurant list somewhere in the world.
Enter us; the consumer. We purchase the wine with the intention of one day drinking it, whether that be within minutes of the purchase, or 20 years down the line, after extended storage to allow for it to evolve within the bottle. Assuming the bottle has been purchased close to home and you intend to drink it in the near future, this is all well and good as any issues of storage are very much the responsibility of the retailer/restaurant and bottles can be returned for a refund. However, if you're buying the wine far from home, possibly, abroad, we run into some potential issues quite quickly.View full article →
Having just come back from a two week trip to the Mount Etna region of eastern Sicily we thought we'd share some of the best wine stores we came across travelling in the region. I must say I love the "enoteca" concept in Italy, where you can come for an aperitivo, taste local wines by the glass with some food, and then purchase bottles that you've tasted and liked. We loved visiting and tasting wines directly at the wineries of course, but the experience of tasting different producers side by side, and the ability to try older vintages can only be done at an enoteca.View full article →
Our Canadian partners across the pond, Wine Opulence, have created an informative video showing off the Wine Check airplane suitcase, which we distribute exclusively here in Europe. See what they have to say:
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When purchasing wine, Americans pay a premium due to the complex US three-tier alcohol system, which separates wineries and importers from wholesalers and retailers. Each middleman adds a markup resulting in a significant price difference between a wine purchased in Europe vs the same wine purchased from a retailer in the US. Learn how you can take advantage of traveling in Europe and save money on wine!
Tyler Colman of wine-searcher recently posed the question, How much is a $10 bottle of wine really worth? The answer, $2.40!View full article →
Recently, the guys at the FABAL Group in Australia took the Wine Check airplane luggage through a number of intensive crash tests to see how it really will protect your wine bottles through a typically demanding air voyage. See the results below:
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Recently wine-lovers and seasoned travellers at Sassi Italy Tours took our 15-bottle Wine Check airplane carrier, fully loaded with great Italian wine of course, for a flight across the Atlantic. Wine bottles from Piemonte, Friuli, and the Veneto, Italy made it to the United States in pristine condition. Check out the video review below:
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Wine lovers like us, who are always planning our next trip to the next wine region, know very well that our hotel will probably be one of the largest expenses we'll have to make during our wine holiday. This is why we've enlisted the hottest new startup, TripRebel to tell us how we can book our hotel smartly, save money, and therefore have a bigger budget for wine when we get there.View full article →
Wine lovers like us are always planning our next trip to discover the next wine region.
The dream of walking through vineyards, exploring winery cellars, and meeting the winemakers burns strong inside of us. We recently explored some tips on how to minimize baggage fees so we can fly back with wine purchased in the wine region we visit. Now our friends at fix.com are giving us some advice on how to save on the airfare itself. Although passengers cannot control airfare costs, there are tried and true ways to better your odds for scoring that low fare:View full article →
Recently we've had more and more questions from travellers visiting Scotland and Ireland wanting to clarify how much whisky they can bring back to the US, or another country. The same goes for other higher alcohol spirits, such as cognac or armagnac, which travellers want to bring back from Europe.View full article →
If you joined us for The Great Piedmont Wine Giveaway earlier this year, you may remember answer some questions about your Wine Travel 2016 plans. We want to know where everyone is going. Yes, the obvious reason is that we want to make sure you have access wine travel products to get your prize bottles home. But, admittedly, we were also just curious what vineyards were calling.View full article →