I’ve long coveted a wine suitcase. My friend and former colleague Will Lyons, Sunday Times wine critic, has one for foreign trips. The wine suitcase, actually it comes more in hand luggage proportions, is padded with foam cut out in snug bottle shapes, enabling the wine fan to bring home safely a selection of individual bottles by the half dozen or dozen. Think about it. You’re on holiday in any of the great wine countries, such as France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia (if you can get a visa from the authoritarian government and avoid detention). While you are on location you buy an interesting bottle here and there, a lovely supermarket find or something picked up direct at a wine producer. Assemble these good value delights over the course of a fortnight or so, pop them in your specialist wine suitcase, and off they go with you on the plane home.
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