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Flying like a sommelier

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Globe Staff / November 25, 2007

You've had a wonderful time in wine country, and you've fallen in love with the perfect bottle of wine. Now what? Some states don't allow wineries to ship there, and airline restrictions on liquids make it impossible to bring your wine on board. You could pack the bottles in your checked luggage, of course, but what if they leak? Or break?

The BottleWise Duo - a soft-sided, padded, water-tight bag - was developed to safeguard your Semillon. Made of durable, 1000-Denier Cordura fabric with removable pouches for two 750-milliliter bottles, the Duo bag also protects your wine against temperature and pressure fluctuations during the flight. A sturdy shoulder strap lets you use it as a tote and, unlike hard-sided cases, it flattens easily for storage. A basic black bag costs $48.95; burgundy or cork-colored bags have heavier padding (and cost $10 more) online at bottlewise.com.

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