Have Wine Carrier, Will Travel

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New TSA restrictions make a hard-shell, protective wine case or wine bottle carrier a must for traveling with valuable wine bottles.

What's a wine connoisseur to do when they've got to submit their expensive, hand-picked vintages to the harsh treatment of airline bag handlers, hot runway tarmacs, and the like without an adequate wine carrier or wine case?

Since a wine bottle exceeds new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) restrictions on how much liquid a passenger can carry onto an airline, it's forced wine lovers to put even a single bottle in their luggage. But stowing costly wine bottles in luggage can lead to problems including breakage and compromised quality due to rough loading, unloading and other travel-related disturbance. These restrictions have savvy wine connoisseurs adopting a new approach to traveling with cherished wine bottles.

One new wine bottle carrier that's catching on with connoisseurs is designed to completely safeguard wine from travel-related shock, vibration, temperature fluctuation and even compromising light or air exposure.

Developed in response to TSA regulations for airline check on luggage, a new type of TSA-compliant wine bottle carrier by WineCruzer (http://www.winecruzer.com), a Montclair, California-based innovator of protective wine transport cases, protects valuable wine against all elements in a hard shelled wine case with an unconditional lifetime warranty.

While both the ergonomically designed wheeled and handled versions, capable of holding 2, 4, 5, 6, or 8 wine bottles, check in as airline luggage, what make them unique is their combination of virtually indestructible outer shell with protection against shock, vibration, temperature fluctuation, air, water and light, along with an ability to accommodate bottles in a variety of sizes. The five bottle wine carrier, for instance, not only can hold four standard 750 ml bottles and a PAX or standard champagne bottle, but also a decanter. It even holds up to magnum size, except Krug magnum size, when an adjustable sleeve is removed from the decanter slot.

Leslie Fisher, a professional technology speaker who's tried the five-bottle wine carrier on a recent cross-country business trip, appreciates its versatility and ruggedness. "It holds all the different bottle sizes I want to carry, and gives me peace of mind. I don't have to worry about the safety of my wine from door to door." On the trip, she found no seepage, cork movement or other disturbance, and was able to share the wine with friends shortly upon arrival.

Once the wine connoisseur seals the wine carrier, it's air, water, and light tight even at 30,000 feet. Each bottle is surrounded and cushioned by a special closed cell foam designed to absorb shock, impact, and vibration. Because the closed cell foam returns to its original shape after each impact, unlike styrofoam, it provides continual long-term protection to fragile wine bottles and their often hard to replace vintages.

Since the closed cell foam also provides thermal insulation, with a comparable insulation R-value to styrofoam, it can help protect wine or champagne bottles from potentially damaging thermal fluctuation. An option to place gel ice packs in the five-bottle wine carrier enhances temperature control. The closed cell foam's dark color, like the dark hue of a quality wine bottle, provides further protection from exposure to light that could subtlety alter the composition of fine wines.

For more info, visit http://winecruzer.com call 800-440-9925 in the U.S. or 909-613-1547 internationally; fax 909-613-1979; or write to WineCruzer at 4665 State Street, Montclair, CA 91763.


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