We love helping people take those special bottles of wine back home from their wine holidays. After all this is Lazenne's mission and the reason we founded the company. We also love hearing from our fans, getting feedback from their wine travels, and making sure that their wine bottles get home safely and conveniently. Here are three recent reviews from fellow wine loving travellers, who used the Wine Check twelve bottle luggage carrier to bring back their precious wine bottles on the airplane, across the world.
Juliana Dever, of travel blog, Clever Dever Wherever, took our airplane wine carrier for a spin bringing twelve regional bottles from Piedmont, Italy back to the United States on the plane.
"But now, my fellow wine travelers, we can toast a new traveling companion, one that safely totes 12 bottles of wine home from anywhere. I had the good fortune to try the Wine Check out in Piedmont, which was ideal because it’s the kind of region that overflows with excellent small production wines you can’t buy outside of Italy."
with the final outcome:
"Easy to wheel right into my kitchen to unload. It was like opening a treasure chest. Granted, I packed said treasure chest, but still… Each glorious bottle of my twelve handpicked Nebbiolos from Piedmont was in perfect condition, and it couldn’t have been easier to bring back."
Read here review titled, How to Pack That Amazing Wine in Your Luggage, here.
Jeff Burrows, a seasoned traveler and food and wine lover, of foodwineclick blog, was looking to take French wine from Lyon, France to the U.S. He compared three options: shipping the wine from Europe, DYI wine luggage, and our Lazenne Wine Check.
"If you’re a wine lover traveling in a wine region anywhere in the world, you will undoubtedly want to bring home some treasures you acquired along the way. Like me, you won’t be satisfied with just one or two bottles you can sneak into your luggage. How can you bring home a bunch of wine, say 1-2 cases, without breaking the bank or alienating your traveling companions?"
"On our most recent trip to France, I was quoted 230 € per case from the Mailboxes Etc. (MBE) in Lyon. Pretty spendy, and according to this post, questionably legal. So if you want to take this route, be careful!"
"While the DIY bag was functional, it was a royal pain during the longer carries in the TGV station and especially at CDG. While it’s possible to carry, the handles are tight and the box inside rubs annoyingly on your leg, doable but not fun. Both bags contained wine shipper boxes, so the contents were well protected. After schlepping both bags through multiple train stations and airport terminals, we all decided a second Wine Check would be in our future. We’ll gladly pay for the convenience of well placed handles, a pull strap and wheels! (click on any photo below to see full size slide show)"
Read the full article, titled, You Can't Take It With You, or Can You? Wine Check here.
Fintan Kerr, founder of Wine Cuentista Wine Tasting in Barcelona, used our travel case to travel with 12 bottles from Mendoza, Argentina to Barcelona, Spain.
"The issue of travelling with wine could rightfully be considered typical of a First World Problem. However, if you’re a wine lover and you visit vineyards as part of your holiday plans, it ultimately becomes a highly irritating problem. Typically, you will be standing in the tasting room of a winery, discovering a beautifully made wine that you’ve never tried before and your first thought is; ‘It would be lovely to be able to get this back home.’ Your second thought is invariably drawn to clean clothes, completely ruined by a staining purple colour and shards of broken glass embedded in your underwear; an unfortunate way to end a trip."
"In conclusion I have to applaud Lazenne for what is a wonderful product. They’ve taken the time to talk to winelovers who travel and create a solution for what is one of our biggest problems; so much wine and so little space!"
Read the full article titled, Travelling with wine: A very pleasant experience here.
If you look around the world of wine today, you'll notice that most wine is made with the same grape varieties. Pretty much every 'New World' country produces wines made from grapes native to France; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot... the list goes on. This is no bad thing as stylistically, all the above varieties can be drastically different depending upon climate, soil, viticulture and vinification. The vast majority of glossy, bold Shiraz from Australia is, literally and figuratively, a world away from the savoury, peppery wines of the Northern Rhone, for example. However, in the last 10 years the fashion has been to move away from seeking out the 'best' examples of these well known varieties and instead to look for unique expressions, typically from grapes native to specific countries and regions. This has seen the emergence of some new stars in the world of wine, from the austere, mineral wines of Mount Etna in Sicily to the powerful, racy Assyrtiko of Santorini in Greece. Austria has re-modelled its vinous reputation with the versatile Grüner Veltliner and even as afar as South America, Bonarda and Pais are resurging on both sides of the Andes, in Argentina and Chile respectively.
However, no country has been rediscovered in quite the same way as Spain. There are somewhere in the region of 600 grape varieties on the Iberian Peninsula, the vast majority of them indigenous and regionally specific in production. Despite this, Spain was for decades synonymous with oaky, extracted wines from Rioja, and to a lesser extent Ribera del Duero, with Tempranillo the only celebrated indigenous grape hailing from the country. Short-sighted producers ripped up their old, unfashionable vineyards and replanted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and anything that was currently selling, not realising that in doing so they were giving up their major point of difference on the international market-place. However, this wasn't true for all producers and quietly, many went about their business as they had done for centuries; cultivating their families vineyards and producing wines of distinction and style, as their vines slowly became older, sturdier and produced better quality fruit. To look at the market now compared to 20 years ago is staggering. Shops in Barcelona are awash with local Catalan wines, Galician field-blends are appearing in top restaurants across the world and even Sherry is making a come-back! To cover the entirety of this resurgence would take a strong liver and a lot of time, but I'd like to share a few exciting varieties from my own little corner of Spain, the fiercely independent Catalunya:
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.
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.