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#1 Post by Blake Brown » August 14th, 2019, 5:27 pm

Anyone have this and if so, any feedback? I`m looking for something to use for air travel beyond the Wine Check bag option to fit various sized bottles and ease of transport.

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#2 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » August 14th, 2019, 6:00 pm

I like my vinguard valise.

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#3 Post by Blake Brown » August 14th, 2019, 6:26 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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I like my vinguard valise.
I just looked it up and am liking what I'm seeing. Seems to do most of what the Vino-Voyage claims, but the price seems to vary and I'm not sure where it finally lands in comparison to the $300 for the V-V.
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#4 Post by GregT » August 14th, 2019, 6:41 pm

I've used the Pelican 1440 for years. You can get a foam insert but that only holds 8 bottles. I've taken 12 and even more. Just buy bubble wrap with the big bubbles and wrap each bottle well. I put a piece of styro on the bottom and usually jam a couple pairs of jeans or something in there if the case isn't going to be backed tightly.
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#5 Post by Jeff P » August 15th, 2019, 5:19 am

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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I like my vinguard valise.
Agreed. Mine works well. The Styrofoam inserts could be a little better sized but all in all no issues.
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#6 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » August 15th, 2019, 7:27 am

Doesn’t Todd have a competitive product?

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#7 Post by K John Joseph » August 15th, 2019, 8:17 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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Doesn’t Todd have a competitive product?
https://thewinecheck.com/shop?olsPage=p ... -boxinsert

I have this and it kicks ass. Comes with a 6 bottle styro shipper inside but quickly converts to a 12 bottle shipper and can handle champagne and large pinot bottles. I've traveled with it with no issues, and holy hell it came in handy when I was moving and having to lug over cases of wine from the wine fridge.

Highly recommend, and really reasonably priced.
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#8 Post by Robert R » August 15th, 2019, 8:36 am

One of the best things about the Wine Check, apart from function flawlessly in terms of travelling and protecting wine, is that with 12 bottles the total weight is 49 lbs...no additional airline charges!
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#9 Post by Hank Victor » August 15th, 2019, 8:38 am

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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I like my vinguard valise.
Same. A full case of 750ml non-champagne bottles comes to about 47-48 lbs with the VGV.
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#10 Post by Blake Brown » August 15th, 2019, 10:52 am

Hank Victor wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 8:38 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 6:00 pm
I like my vinguard valise.
Same. A full case of 750ml non-champagne bottles comes to about 47-48 lbs with the VGV.
Are we talking the Grande model or the Petit? $300 vs. $350
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#11 Post by Hank Victor » August 15th, 2019, 10:53 am

Blake Brown wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 10:52 am
Hank Victor wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 8:38 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 6:00 pm
I like my vinguard valise.
Same. A full case of 750ml non-champagne bottles comes to about 47-48 lbs with the VGV.
Are we talking the Grande model or the Petit? $300 vs. $350
Grande model.
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#12 Post by c fu » August 15th, 2019, 11:20 am

K John Joseph wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 8:17 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 7:27 am
Doesn’t Todd have a competitive product?
https://thewinecheck.com/shop?olsPage=p ... -boxinsert

I have this and it kicks ass. Comes with a 6 bottle styro shipper inside but quickly converts to a 12 bottle shipper and can handle champagne and large pinot bottles. I've traveled with it with no issues, and holy hell it came in handy when I was moving and having to lug over cases of wine from the wine fridge.

Highly recommend, and really reasonably priced.
I use this too (Todd gifted me one). Best part is it stacks on your other luggage. Or in my case, you can stack two of these on each other. lol
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#13 Post by Todd F r e n c h » August 15th, 2019, 11:30 am

Hank Victor wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 8:38 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 6:00 pm
I like my vinguard valise.
Same. A full case of 750ml non-champagne bottles comes to about 47-48 lbs with the VGV.
I've never gotten more than 10 bottles in a VGV, ever, which is why we stopped distributing them at The Wine Check. A case of wine is typically 40-44lb, and the VGV is 13-14lb.

Vino Voyage (Wine Enthusiast) sent samples to us. It's MUCH lighter than VGV, and I am able to get 12 bottles in there but JUST under the 50 lb weight limit, and no 'reserve' bottles. It's more flexible than the Vingarde Valise, which is, and feels, more substantive.

The Wine Check is only sort of competitive with those, as the cost of a Wine Check is almost the same as the cost to ship one case of wine, particularly if it's across the country, and not underwritten by the shipper. The hard cases are 4 times the price of a Wine Check, and serve different purposes with the ability to house clothing on half, bottles in half (that's the only time I use them, either VGV or VV, when I have to bring a small number of bottles and some clothes, in one bag - I feel MUCH safer using The Wine Check for 12 bottles, and always have)
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#14 Post by Tim Heaton » August 15th, 2019, 11:54 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 11:30 am
Hank Victor wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 8:38 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 6:00 pm
I like my vinguard valise.
Same. A full case of 750ml non-champagne bottles comes to about 47-48 lbs with the VGV.
I've never gotten more than 10 bottles in a VGV, ever, which is why we stopped distributing them at The Wine Check. A case of wine is typically 40-44lb, and the VGV is 13-14lb.

Vino Voyage (Wine Enthusiast) sent samples to us. It's MUCH lighter than VGV, and I am able to get 12 bottles in there but JUST under the 50 lb weight limit, and no 'reserve' bottles. It's more flexible than the Vingarde Valise, which is, and feels, more substantive.

The Wine Check is only sort of competitive with those, as the cost of a Wine Check is almost the same as the cost to ship one case of wine, particularly if it's across the country, and not underwritten by the shipper. The hard cases are 4 times the price of a Wine Check, and serve different purposes with the ability to house clothing on half, bottles in half (that's the only time I use them, either VGV or VV, when I have to bring a small number of bottles and some clothes, in one bag - I feel MUCH safer using The Wine Check for 12 bottles, and always have)
hmmm, I'm at Denver International airport right now - my VGV has already been checked in (Long Beach) with 12 bottles, same as every time, and it's not over the 50lb limit; about 2 dozen+ int'l flights, too, all with same result.

fwiw, I used (3) different WineChecks for a decade, served a purpose, but was always a chore; the wheels/ pulling it when fully loaded was always a (balancing/stability) challenge. That said, I have probably flown with full cases in WineChecks more than 100 times, never lost a bottle; thankful for that, and recommended the product all the while.
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#15 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » August 15th, 2019, 12:08 pm

I haven’t had a problem with the vgv being over 50 lb either.

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#16 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » August 15th, 2019, 12:09 pm

I have one of the elite as well; it’s really good for moving wine around.
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Doesn’t Todd have a competitive product?
https://thewinecheck.com/shop?olsPage=p ... -boxinsert

I have this and it kicks ass. Comes with a 6 bottle styro shipper inside but quickly converts to a 12 bottle shipper and can handle champagne and large pinot bottles. I've traveled with it with no issues, and holy hell it came in handy when I was moving and having to lug over cases of wine from the wine fridge.

Highly recommend, and really reasonably priced.

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#17 Post by Blake Brown » August 15th, 2019, 12:10 pm

Seems like i better investigate the Wine Check more seriously. A friend has one and has offered to let me use it for an upcoming trip to the hot Midwest. Thinking that may help in making a final decision.
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#18 Post by Chris Seiber » August 15th, 2019, 1:55 pm

Robert R wrote:
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One of the best things about the Wine Check, apart from function flawlessly in terms of travelling and protecting wine, is that with 12 bottles the total weight is 49 lbs...no additional airline charges!
The other great thing about it is that, if you're a plebe like me who doesn't have fancy airline status and thus usually has to pay for his checked bags, you don't have to make the Wine Check a piece of luggage on the leg where you aren't transporting wine.

For example, you bring a case of wine along to drink on your vacation (because you're a smart and non-superstitious person who realizes that travel shock is baloney), then you can discard the shipper box, fold up the Wine Check, and stuff it into your suitcase for the flight home.

Or another example, you fly to wine country, bring the Wine Check folded up in your suitcase, then buy a case of wine and a shipper box in wine country, check it as a piece of luggage on the way home.

Heck, even if you don't have to pay checked bag fees, it still is nice just to have one less large piece of luggage on one leg of the trip if you don't need it.

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#19 Post by Jeff P » August 15th, 2019, 2:42 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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I haven’t had a problem with the vgv being over 50 lb either.
Same. I usually pack it with 12 bottles too. Most of the time from Napa
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#20 Post by Hank Victor » August 15th, 2019, 2:49 pm

Jeff P wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 12:08 pm
I haven’t had a problem with the vgv being over 50 lb either.
Same. I usually pack it with 12 bottles too. Most of the time from Napa
Same... never have had an issue coast to coast or internationally. My only complaint with VGV was my handle getting jammed after a year of use. On the bright side they sent me a replacement handle free of charge and hassle free.
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#21 Post by Yao C » August 15th, 2019, 6:06 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 12:09 pm
I have one of the elite as well; it’s really good for moving wine around.
I love my elite and often use it to bring bottles + glasses to tastings (GGGs fit nicely within the styro shipper). Because wine flies free on Alaska, it's pretty much my constant companion when shuttling between SF/Portland
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#22 Post by Gus Siokis » August 15th, 2019, 6:59 pm

I have both the VGV and Wine Check. Have used for wine trips back from France, Italy, California and Oregon without any issue. Full loaded the VGV has been between 50-52 lbs. If I only take one on a trip it's the VGV.
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#23 Post by Merrill Lindquist » August 15th, 2019, 8:39 pm

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I've used the Pelican 1440 for years. You can get a foam insert but that only holds 8 bottles. I've taken 12 and even more. Just buy bubble wrap with the big bubbles and wrap each bottle well. I put a piece of styro on the bottom and usually jam a couple pairs of jeans or something in there if the case isn't going to be backed tightly.
My Pelican is outfitted for 8 bottles. Never a wine missing or broken. It's a serious looking piece of equipment, and the airlines appear to look at it as such.
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#24 Post by P@u1_M3nk3s » August 15th, 2019, 9:08 pm

I used a vingarde valise last March to haul 9 bottles of California wine to Germany. I stuffed the extra pockets with gifts such as coffee etc. I brought back 9 bottles as well and the extra space was used for preserves jars and chocolate. It worked great. It was easy to roll and easy to carry and put on train luggage racks thanks to the multiple handles. I think it could handle 12 bottles, as I packed it 6 on one side and 3 one the other for the outbound journey.
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#25 Post by Steve Brickley » August 15th, 2019, 10:42 pm

I use my winecheck for non-wine transport too. I put a box in it, fill it up and fly it to France. I pull the stuff out I am transporting one-way. Fold it up and fly it back in another luggage or carry it on.
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#26 Post by Blake Brown » August 16th, 2019, 7:10 am

You all are making it tough to pick a winner here. I think I have the answer and then a new idea comes in and then another. I'm going to do a spread sheet and list the pros and cons of each and see what the consensus is; well, maybe not. I'm leaning toward the VGV; no I'm leaning toward the Wine Check; no I'm just leaning.
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#27 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » August 16th, 2019, 7:34 am

The vgv is MUCH easier to move around if that’s a consideration.

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#28 Post by Gus Siokis » August 16th, 2019, 8:09 am

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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The vgv is MUCH easier to move around if that’s a consideration.
Agreed. It's just like my other spinner suitcases....telescoping handle and security locks.
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#29 Post by Ross Jones » August 16th, 2019, 8:24 am

We've used this CasePro 12-bottle for a couple of years now. I've flown cross country with it and it's been solid. It is a beast though... looks more like an ammo case or stage equipment coming off the belt.
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#30 Post by Blake Brown » August 17th, 2019, 7:46 am

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We've used this CasePro 12-bottle for a couple of years now. I've flown cross country with it and it's been solid. It is a beast though... looks more like an ammo case or stage equipment coming off the belt.
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#31 Post by JDavisRoby » August 18th, 2019, 6:28 am

Wine Check user. Will be taking it to Oregon again in a few weeks. I’m a cheap flyer and Southwest has never had an issue with it.
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#32 Post by Scott Brunson » August 18th, 2019, 7:03 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 11:30 am
Hank Victor wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 8:38 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 6:00 pm
I like my vinguard valise.
Same. A full case of 750ml non-champagne bottles comes to about 47-48 lbs with the VGV.
I've never gotten more than 10 bottles in a VGV, ever, which is why we stopped distributing them at The Wine Check. A case of wine is typically 40-44lb, and the VGV is 13-14lb.

Vino Voyage (Wine Enthusiast) sent samples to us. It's MUCH lighter than VGV, and I am able to get 12 bottles in there but JUST under the 50 lb weight limit, and no 'reserve' bottles. It's more flexible than the Vingarde Valise, which is, and feels, more substantive.

The Wine Check is only sort of competitive with those, as the cost of a Wine Check is almost the same as the cost to ship one case of wine, particularly if it's across the country, and not underwritten by the shipper. The hard cases are 4 times the price of a Wine Check, and serve different purposes with the ability to house clothing on half, bottles in half (that's the only time I use them, either VGV or VV, when I have to bring a small number of bottles and some clothes, in one bag - I feel MUCH safer using The Wine Check for 12 bottles, and always have)
Especially on short trips, we have packed a 6 pk shipper in our wine check and used the extra space for clothing etc. Never had a problem.
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#33 Post by Blake Brown » August 18th, 2019, 7:11 am

JDavisRoby wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 6:28 am
Wine Check user. Will be taking it to Oregon again in a few weeks. I’m a cheap flyer and Southwest has never had an issue with it.
If you have an option to fly Alaska Airlines, they do not charge for a case of wine check in.
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#34 Post by JDavisRoby » August 18th, 2019, 2:25 pm

Blake Brown wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 7:11 am
JDavisRoby wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 6:28 am
Wine Check user. Will be taking it to Oregon again in a few weeks. I’m a cheap flyer and Southwest has never had an issue with it.
If you have an option to fly Alaska Airlines, they do not charge for a case of wine check in.
Alaska Air doesn’t fly far enough East to be a choice for us that I’ve found. But, I did look at using them for a leg of a trip to cut out driving from Bend to PDX.
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#35 Post by Blake Brown » August 18th, 2019, 4:50 pm

JDavisRoby wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Blake Brown wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 7:11 am
JDavisRoby wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 6:28 am
Wine Check user. Will be taking it to Oregon again in a few weeks. I’m a cheap flyer and Southwest has never had an issue with it.
If you have an option to fly Alaska Airlines, they do not charge for a case of wine check in.
Alaska Air doesn’t fly far enough East to be a choice for us that I’ve found. But, I did look at using them for a leg of a trip to cut out driving from Bend to PDX.
I was sceptical about Alaska reaching to the Midwest, but not sure. Hopefully, others can take advantage of their kind offer.
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#36 Post by Chris Seiber » August 18th, 2019, 5:13 pm

It seems like the crux of it is whether you want a hard wine suitcase or a collapsible soft suitcase into which you can put shipper boxes.

The former looks nicer and is probably easier to maneuver in the way of rolling luggage when full, the latter gives you more flexibility about collapsing it on legs where you don't need it (or while storing it at home) and is far less expensive.

There's no real right answer, it's just which route you want to go and how much you want to spend.

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Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

#37 Post by Blake Brown » August 18th, 2019, 5:34 pm

Chris Seiber wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 5:13 pm
It seems like the crux of it is whether you want a hard wine suitcase or a collapsible soft suitcase into which you can put shipper boxes.

The former looks nicer and is probably easier to maneuver in the way of rolling luggage when full, the latter gives you more flexibility about collapsing it on legs where you don't need it (or while storing it at home) and is far less expensive.

There's no real right answer, it's just which route you want to go and how much you want to spend.
Your right Chris. I get so many wines shipped and have lots of styrofoam inserts stored, it’s easy to refill a shipper that utilities them. It makes a collapsible one very practical. I’m pondering. Probably go with both just to get er done.
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Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

#38 Post by JDavisRoby » August 18th, 2019, 5:44 pm

Blake Brown wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 4:50 pm
JDavisRoby wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Blake Brown wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 7:11 am


If you have an option to fly Alaska Airlines, they do not charge for a case of wine check in.
Alaska Air doesn’t fly far enough East to be a choice for us that I’ve found. But, I did look at using them for a leg of a trip to cut out driving from Bend to PDX.
I was sceptical about Alaska reaching to the Midwest, but not sure. Hopefully, others can take advantage of their kind offer.
I knew the flew out of Dallas. But didn’t realize they flew to a bunch more Midwest cities. Just reviewed their website and found they fly in/out of OKC. But, that’s 90 miles away and a flight would have to be very compelling to get me to drive that far. Maybe they’ll add TUL soon.
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