From Walla Walla to the Willamette Valley the Pacific Northwest is becoming an important, and applauded, wine region in the U.S. When you want to bring a couple of special bottles to an event to celebrate hitting a key milestone, or transport wines back from a winery, those bottles will be safe from breakage in the VinGardeValise by FlyWithWine. The line of tough suitcases are gentle on glass, thanks to dense foam inserts created to cradle wine bottles. The VinGardeValise® Piccolo ($279) allows you to travel safetly with up to five bottles of wine, with room for your clothes and belongings on the other side of the case.
Once you get those precious bottles home, you can display them in WineHive, a tabletop or wall-mounted wine rack. Made of anodized recyclable aluminum and modeled after the honeycomb structure the WineHive securely hold wine bottles horizontally to keep their corks moist. (A five-cell hive is $129.) As a tribute to the design’s inspiration, one percent of every WineHive order is donated to Washington State University’s Pollinator Program.
Both the VinGarde Valise and the WineHive would make lovely gifts for an oenophile client or raffle prizes at a meeting held in the Pacific Northwest’s wine region.