As some of you know, I am a frequent flyer (60 flights and/or 50,000 miles per year) and obviously I love wine. In late summer 2010, I decided to take a quick trip to Napa and Sonoma for Labor Day Weekend. I knew I wanted to purchase wine, but the last time I’d visited Napa, I ended up purchasing wine and paying a fortune to ship it back. While online a few months later, I noticed a product called The Wine Check was getting ready to launch. It was a suitcase with wheels made for transporting wine, complete with a 12-bottle wine shipper box. I thought it would be perfect for my trip, but how would I acquire it on such short notice? I befriended Todd French, one of the owners, via Facebook, and he offered to deliver it to my hotel in Napa after I placed my online order. The ordering process was simple and I couldn’t resist on-site delivery, so I ordered it. Shortly thereafter, I received confirmation from Todd that I was their first online customer!
I arrived in wine country that weekend and spent a hurried two days there, one day in Sonoma and one in Napa. I arrived at the Napa Valley Marriott my last night and there was my Wine Check waiting for me! I packed it and relaxed the rest of the evening. The following day, I drove to San Francisco and checked it with my other bag without any problems. Once I arrived at my home airport, there was the Wine Check, safe and sound, with all wine intact. Since then, I’ve used my Wine Check to transport wine to and from various destinations, including my return trips to Napa and Sonoma. When the shipper box is removed, it folds for easy packing and storage.
If you’re a traveling wine chick or dude like me, or you have a traveling wine chick or dude in your life, this is a must-have item for your wine-related travels. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, this would make the perfect gift for that wino in your life.
$67.00 + shipping without the shipper box
$75.00 + shipping with the shipper box
*Don’t forget to inquire about free delivery to Napa and Sonoma proper!