When headed to wine country, it makes sense to want to bring home some souvenirs. But I’ve heard horror stories of bottles of wine shattering in people’s backpacks (poor Stephanie of Twenty Something Travel!). So how do you share the bounty without destroying your clothes?
The folks at BottleWise sent me one of their wine rollups before I left for San Francisco. Once I picked out a bottle (Honig Napa Valley 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, in case you were wondering), I opened the inner plastic bag layer and placed the bottle inside. I then zipped it up nice and snug and rolled it up. The Velcro keeps it together.
It doesn’t take up much more room than the average wine bottle and it’s safer than wrapping it in your clothes. In the off chance that the bottle does break, it leaks into the plastic, not the entire roll up.
It doesn’t have to be used only for wine bottles. That tasty hot sauce from your trip to Mexico, a porcelain vase from Greece or the snowglobe from Las Vegas are all safe inside. I wish I had this product on my way back from Australia when I carried a bottle of wine across 2 continents. My plastic lining ripped slightly when I tried to open it the wrong way, but it still serves its purpose. If you like to bring breakable objects from back home, I highly recommend the Roll Up, which is worth much more than $20.
*Bottlewise sent me this item free of charge but in no way asked for a review. All opinions are my own.*