Wednesday, August 10, 2016

For our next road trip...

This past Sunday morning, I was on Facebook doing some last minute planning before our day trip to Rheinfall when I noticed an ad.  It's kind of unusual for me to notice Facebook ads, but this one really caught my attention.  It was from a company called Lazenne.com and the product they were hawking was a wheeled wine suitcase.  This is the perfect product for people who travel abroad and want to check some wine for the flight home.  I might use it for that purpose myself someday.  Actually, what I was thinking when I saw the wine luggage was a great way to transport wine during the road trips Bill and I take.

It's no secret that Bill and I enjoy our booze.  I especially love finding new wines and beers in the many countries easily accessed from Germany.  Though I had seen the styrofoam inserts included with the wine suitcase that was advertised, I had not seen a bag specifically made for carrying wine.  Intrigued by the ad, I decided to pull the trigger.  I purchased a black wine suitcase that could carry twelve regular sized bottles of wine and three large bottles.  I also bought two wine cradles.  The Wine Check bag is also available in red.

I paid $158.  Yes, though the Wine Check bag comes from a warehouse in France and I think the Lazenne company is in Poland, I paid for my order in U.S. Dollars.  That's because the company's payment gateway partner is an American company.  My total included the cost of the bag, the wine cradles, the value added tax, and shipping.  

I placed my order Sunday night after we returned from Switzerland.  My parcel arrived this morning. Here are some photos.


The box my new Wine Check bag arrived in.


Wine Cradles.  These are inflatable sleeves for wine.


The bag unwrapped.


Nice wheels for easy towing.


Two handles.


The boxes for the wine bottles.


The blue one is for large wine bottles.


Styrofoam inserts.  Take the top off and tuck your bottle safely inside.


The bag with no inserts.


The red box carries up to twelve regular sized bottles.


Top off so you can see how that works.

The styrofoam inserts are nothing new.  When I lived in the States, I used to order wine all the time and it would often be packed with these inserts that kept the bottles from breaking in transit.  What makes this package unique is that the bag is specifically designed for making it easy to transport bottles.  The wheels on the bag makes it a lot simpler to move the booze once it's securely packed.  I may have to bring this case with me the next time we go wine shopping locally.  I'd love to use this bag in Tübingen next time we visit Vinum.  It's a real bummer schlepping wine from the store to the parking garage, but this bag would make it much easier to splurge!  

Once we have a chance to actually try out this new luggage, I will be sure to post how it went!

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