1WineDude TV Episode 40: From Chianti With Sweet, Sticky Love (Putting VinniBag To The Test In Tuscany!)

Vinted on October 11, 2011 binned in 1WineDude TV, on the road, wine products

In this episode, I take a break from my busy schedule of eating, napping and playing Infinity Blade during my Tuscany vacation to field test a sample of the VinniBag, a unique inflatable travel bag meant to protect wine bottle from damage and temperature fluctuations.

How did my Tuscan Vin Santo fare in the VinniBag after being left out in the car in Chianti and Volterra, getting dragged in my luggage through the bumpy streets of Siena, and then subjected to multiple British Airways flights and the formidable Terminal 5 in London Heathrow airport? Watch the vid to find out!

Apologies in advance for the low volume during the first part of the vid (screw it, I was on vacation!) and for the jumpiness in the second stanza (the 100+ lb dog was trying to play a bit too friskily with the camerawoman at the time…).






  • dr

    I enjoyed watching this video, Great work.

    • 1WineDude

      Thanks, dr.

  • 1WineDude

    Egads! Sorry about mentioning a wine in the vid and not providing any link to help you find it. My FAIL! Linkage below!

    Castello di Volpaia Vinsanto – http://www.snooth.com/wines/castello+di+volpaia+v


  • Rob

    I must admit I haven't had a chance to watch the vid (I'm at work), but I've always had excellent luck with my packing technique. Rather than trying to fit a big inflatable bag in my luggage, I use socks. A bottle of wine fits inside perfectly. With three or four socks around a bottle, I've never had any breakage (knock on wood). I like this technique because you're not bringing anything extra in your luggage. Back when the dollar was strong, I made it home from Italy with 13 bottles divided between a checked bag and a carry-on! But of course, socks don't help much with temperature fluctuations.

    • 1WineDude

      Rob – I’ve used the sock technique with good success as well. Having said that, it would only take 1 broken bottle to ruin all of the clothes in that scenario, so I do like the bags that are padded and close to help prevent leakage. The VinniBag packs rolled or fairly flat, and I found that it didn’t take up much additional room (you will see in the vid, my bag is a carry-on size and I managed nearly 10 days with it, so I feel like it was a pretty decent test of the portability as well). Cheers!

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