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BottleWise® Duo
     
  Multipurpose Wine Travel System    
     


So you are on your Caribbean cruise and you find an amazing deal on your favorite bottle of wine or liquor. But, how do you get it home? In the "good ole' days", pre-"9/11", we would just shove 3 or 4 bottles in a cardboard box and carry it onto the airplane as carry-on luggage. Those days are gone, unless you want to limit your alcoholic consumption to 3 ounces! Of course, you can pack your liquor in your checked luggage, but how to you make sure it does not break and leak out all over your clothes?

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Enter the BottleWise Duo, a "Multipurpose Wine Travel System", as it is heralded by its makers. The BottleWise Duo is actually a combination of components that make up a unique Wine Tote Bag. There are 2 BottleWise "Bot'lPak" zippered sleeves that can each hold a 750ml bottle of wine or liquor. Each Bot'lPak is made from 1000 Denier Cordura®, which I can tell you from my motorcycle jacket experience, is very tough material. There is a heavy, clear, leak proof liner inside each Bot'lPak sleeve. The liner works sort of like a Ziplock™ bag on steroids designed to contain any leaks.


The "Duo" part of the equation is essentially a carrying case that both Bot'lPaks snap into resulting in a nice, compact tote. The carrying case is also constructed of 1000 Denier Cordura and has two durable plastic snap buckles to keep everything closed up. While the Bot'lPak's themselves are only available in black, the outer shell is available in four different colors. The complete Duo system measures 9.5'' x 16.5'' x 3.5'' and weighs in at 2.25 lbs. There is even a "TX" model with leather trim and an "LX" all leather version. A removable shoulder strap can be connected to turn the Duo into an over-the-shoulder tote.


How It Works


The BottleWise Duo is an intuitive piece of technology. You don't need an instruction manual for this one. If you plan to pack your liquid refreshment in your checked bags, you can unsnap the Bot'lPaks from the carrying case and leave the outer shell home. No need to pack the extra weight or heft. With that in mind, you should know that Bot'lPaks are available as separate purchase items.


The "Lab" Test


BottleWise Duo
I was anxious to perform "scientific" testing on the BottleWise Duo to see if the system would actually prevent a leak in a suitcase. After all, can you imagine what a broken or leaky bottle of red wine cold do to my Wal-Mart Wrangler blue jean collection? I removed one of the Bot'lPaks and rushed it to the CruiseReport.com Testing Lab (a.k.a. "my kitchen") where I placed a 1-liter bottle of Absolute Vodka (3/4 full) into the plastic liner and filled the liner with 750ml of water. I then sealed the liner, zipped up the bag and placed it in my kitchen sink, er uh, I mean the Liquid Management Containment Area of the lab. Every 15 minutes I turned the Bot'lPak so that it was resting on a different side. I also jostled the Bot'lPak quite violently to simulate air turbulence on a plane. After one hour of abusive testing, I checked the Bot'lPak and to my pleasant surprise, I found NO leaks!

Bottle Sizes


Although the BottleWise website claims each Bot'lPak can hold a 750ml bottle, I found that they can, in fact hold many 1-liter bottles. Each of the 1-liter bottles shown in the photo below was able to fit within the plastic liner with exception of the Grey Goose bottle, which was simply too tall. Even the squatty, fat Crown Royal Liter bottle fit nicely.




Other Uses

Even though the company promotes this as a "Wine" tote, it can obviously be used by travelers to transport a variety of liquids. I can already see me using it to bring home specialty olive oils from Greece and Balsamic vinegar from Italy, and of course, those great bargains of Crown Royal from the Caribbean. The Duo will also fit nicely in our motorcycle saddlebag to carry wine purchases home from our road trips (we like to visit out of state wineries).



Summary


Bottom line, we love it! This is a product that performs exactly as it is advertised. The BottleWise Duo solves the problem of safely traveling with wine or liquor. The product uses quality materials, is well made, attractive and best of all, it's made in the USA! At a very reasonable price of $58.95, the BottleWise Duo is something that every cruise traveler should have packed in their suitcase. And, it makes a great gift item!

For more information on BottleWise products, you can visit their website at http://www.bottlewise.net





Chris DikmenReviewed by Chris Dikmen
Managing Editor, CruiseReport.com





     
     
     
 
4 Comments
 
BARRY SMITH
 
Read this review and ordered one online. LOVE IT!
 
Thursday, January 10, 2013 6:30 AM  
 
 
RICKEE RICHARDSON
 
KMG, We have never had that experience and we have brought several bottles of liquor home in checked luggage over the years.
 
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 12:25 PM  
 
 
KMG
 
Have you ever had an issue with baggage claims opening any of your wine and leaving a little love note saying its been checked? I have heard of such stories and did not know if more of a rumor or true.
 
Monday, March 8, 2010 9:37 PM  
 
 
S MEHTA
 
$58.95 - you've gotta be kidding me! The Wine Skin from Magellan's magellans.com/store/Packinganizers___Wine_CarriersFP321?Args= at $9.85 or even the Bottle Armour magellans.com/store/Packinganizers___Wine_CarriersFP135?Args= at $19.85 are much better deals!!
 
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 11:44 PM  
 
 
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