Life please come with a price tag - The wine lover suitcase

There are 11 replies in this Thread. The last Post () by serafina.

  • How many times have we packed carefully one or two bottles of wines in our suitcase, among piles of clothes, hoping for the best? No need to worry anymore. If you can spare clothes, this suitcase is perfect for wine lovers. However, at over 300 USD it seems on the expensive wine. But on the other side, life is too short to live alcohol free!


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  • The only thing to be improved is dealing with the styrofoam holders. I can fill my suitcase with bottles when going to Italy, but then I want to bring back other goodies, so I should leave the holders in Italy.


    Unless I want to start a wine smuggling business...



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  • I never take wine back to the UK for friends or family. Much easier just to pop into Tesco and buy them some Malbec. ^^

    I agree. Malbec is all over the place in the UK and is one of the aspects of shopping over there that I love so much.

    For example, in France and Spain you just don't see wine from other countries. They sell their own almost exclusively.

    In the UK however, you can buy wine from almost any country in Tesco, Morrison's, Coop, Asda and all the rest.

    In fact you can pick up a decent bottle of Malbec for around £6.

    https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/search?query=malbec

  • Indeed.


    Thankfully, I don't really know anyone who's into wine that much anyway to make it worth my while carrying it to the UK. Only my brother in law likes to think he is. I just tell him it's just as cheap buying it in Tesco.

  • I imagine the reason the U.K. is especially good at importing wine from other countries is that there is no actual wine production in the country? In my bedsitter days in Oxford, my landlord was a wine broker, an occupation unheard of in the US. A commercial client would give him a budget for a planned event, and he would scout appropriate wines, mostly from France but also from Spain and Italy.


    Now the competition from Argentina, Chile, South Africa, the US, and Australia, among others, has had a leveling effect. So not only can you find decent wines from all those countries in the UK, but the prices are competitive. A good deal!


    serafina, I have the same objection that you do, to the perfectly designed wine case holder. Unless on your return trip you want to take antique vases, utensils, rolled-up ropa interior, very slim flower bouquets or champagne flutes in the suitcase’s molded bottle shapes, this is a one-way case.

  • I imagine the reason the U.K. is especially good at importing wine from other countries is that there is no actual wine production in the country? In my bedsitter days in Oxford, my landlord was a wine broker, an occupation unheard of in the US. A commercial client would give him a budget for a planned event, and he would scout appropriate wines, mostly from France but also from Spain and Italy.


    Now the competition from Argentina, Chile, South Africa, the US, and Australia, among others, has had a leveling effect. So not only can you find decent wines from all those countries in the UK, but the prices are competitive. A good deal!

    There is wine production in England but it's very small scale. Certainly not anywhere large enough that it needs protecting which I suspect happens in the likes of Italy and Spain when it comes to imports from S America.


    Yes the large UK supermarket chains must have a lot of power hence the variety and great deals you get. Same for all the other products they sell. Different world of operating compared to here that's for sure!!

  • [quote='GlasgowJohn','https://www.argentinaexpats.org/forum/index.php?thread/1712-life-please-come-with-a-price-tag-the-wine-lover-suitcase/&postID=10722#post10722']

    the place to buy wines now in the UK is Lidl . Great quality and super prices.

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    I went to LIDL in Portugal and it is fancier than Jumbo! Greater assortment, good prices, good freshly baked goods, etc.


    In Italy they are a little run down, but the ones I went to in Portugal were big, shiny and new! The employees wore ear devices to communicate to each other, never saw it before in a supermarket!




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