As someone who travels a fair amount for work (the ‘other’ job) I was delighted to get a sample of VinniBag to test out. Given you can’t take bottles through security anymore, checking a bottle of wine, isn’t uncommon for me. Wine bottles are fairly sturdy, but luggage takes some serious abuse in handling, and just tossing a bottle into the bag, risks breakage and ruining everything.
Actually they point out on their website quite accurately, one need not limit it to wine. Almost any glass container would travel more safely in this.
The geek in me loves the technical details:
“VinniBag was engineered specifically to withstand air travel and high altitudes. The design and materials allow for significant changes in air pressure and temperatures. Sophisticated testing was done at an independent test lab using altitude chambers that surpass normal conditions in aircraft cargo holds.VinniBag can also handle some pretty tough temperatures. The important part is to load, inflate & deflate VinniBag in normal temperatures for proper performance.”
Deflated, the bag is small, as you can see, sitting next to a Riedel O glass.
This is a very easy product to use, nonetheless instructions are provided on a leaflet with picture, and simple ones are also on the bag.
1. Insert the Wine Bottle, to where it says ‘Stop Here’. Partially inflate, flatten the bottom seal.
2. Roll bottom portion up and buckle. Finish inflation. Voila.
When you get your bottle home, simply de-inflate, open and enjoy. This sturdy item is re-usable.
Under $30 is a great, inexpensive gift any wine aficionado will find useful.
Cheers, and come back soon for Part 3!