The Wine Mummy
||LEFT: The Wine Mummy
is an easy-to-pack sarcophogus for your syrah, sauvignon blanc, or
Not so many years ago,
bringing a souvenir bottle of wine or liquor home from a trip was easy: You'd
just stuff it into your carry-on bag and keep the bag away from steamrollers or
rugby players on the way home. Nowadays, with airport security personnel
equating anything liquid with nitroglycerine, your bottle of Mouton-Rothschild
or Richard's Wild Irish Rose will be confiscated at the X-ray machine unless
you've packed it in your checked baggage.
Until recently, your choices when impulse-packing a single
bottle of beverage were fairly limited: You could wrap each bottle in dirty
underwear, shove it into a plastic bag, and hope that a twist tie would prevent
the liquid from staining your clothes if the bottle broke; or you could lug a
special container of rigid plastic foam on your trip in case you bought some
wine or spirits. Now, thanks to Vino Amici, there's a practical--and
inexpensive--compromise solution: The Wine Mummy, a reusable pouch that
folds flat until you need it and protects your bottle when you're ready to fly.
The Wine Mummy is a 7 x 17-inch (roughly 18 x 43 cm) bag of
heavy plastic with a bubble-pack lining. It holds a wine or liquor bottle of up
to 750 ml. After you've slipped the bottle into the bag, you close the plastic
zipper top and pack The Wine Mummy in your suitcase. The bubbles protect the
contents against the hard knocks of airport baggage handling, and the zipper top
is designed to retain spilled liquid in the unlikely event that a baggage
conveyor crushes your suitcase.
In the U.S., The Wine Mummy has a suggested price of $4.95, or a
bit less if you purchase a pack of two, three, or five. If your local wine
merchant doesn't carry The Wine Mummy, you can order it online from many catalog
retailers or directly from the manufacturer. For more information, visit
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