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A Wine Connoisseur's Guide for Travelling

It’s easy to enjoy travelling and experiencing diverse cultures and cuisines. However, tracking a good wine or matching it with food outside your country or culture can take time and effort.

A wine excursion can be overwhelming. You have to create a wine list of destinations and pick wines to bring back home. Moreover, taking the wine home and travelling the right way or with logistics is too stressful and needs further research.

What if you could combine your love of discovering new places and foods with your love of wine? This article provides useful and quick guides to your wander for wine and how you can travel with them confidently. You’ll never have to worry about finding a new wine in another country again. This is your travelling companion as a wine connoisseur! Discover Wine / Champagne / Beer

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Travelling with Wine

Travelling with wine is a great way to enjoy a different taste of wine. However, finding the right bottle of wine that will travel well and keep its flavour intact can take time and effort.

Some think that travelling with wine is not a good idea because it can spoil or break easily during transit. However, correct packing is the most excellent counter to that.

There is also a list of countries that prohibits alcohol, according to the website World Population Review. Jot down this 2022 list for future travel reference. These countries include Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Mauritania, Libya, Maldives, and Iran are some places with alcohol bans around the globe. In addition, there have been similar cases in Brunei, India, and Bangladesh.

On the other hand, many countries don’t have a custom guideline limit to the amount of wine to carry as long as it is with the right alcohol content, such as a 24 percent alcohol content limit. For example, in the US, anyone above 21 can carry one Litre of wine or alcohol, while some places are entitled to bring more with additional subject to duty and Federal Excise taxes.

Duty free concessions for alcoholic beverages in Australia

According to the Australian Border Force website, if you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring 2.25 litres of alcoholic beverages duty free into Australia with you, regardless of whether you are travelling as a passenger or crew member.

“Aviation security regulations may restrict the volume of liquids that you can bring into Australia as hand luggage. As an alternative, duty free alcoholic beverages can be purchased in an airport duty free shop on arrival in Australia. For more information about the restrictions, visit the TravelSECURE website.”

Storing Your Wine

Wine storage is an essential part of wine enjoyment. It can make the difference between a good wine and a great wine. There are many different types of storage to choose from, and it’s essential to know how to store your wines to get the most out of them.

The following are some general tips for storing your wines:

  • Store wines at an appropriate temperature. Different wines need different temperatures.
  • Keep your wines away from sunlight to avoid unnecessary oxidations.
  • Store white wines on their side and red wines upright.
  • Keep your whites on the bottom rack, reds on the top shelf, and sparkling on its side or upside down.

LUGGAGE TIP: Use a well-padded and hard suitcase to minimise the impact. Canvas travel suitcases don’t protect your wine from damage. Safely travel with wine by using a strong heavy duty luggage and don’t take unnecessary risks.

Packing Your Wines

Packing wines for travel can take time and effort. But with a few tips and tricks, it becomes much more manageable. It would help if you wrapped each bottle in bubble wrap or paper and then put them in a sturdy box. The box should have plenty of cushioning on the inside and outside to absorb shock during transit. Don’t forget the “fragile” sticker or tape.

There are many ways to pack wine, but there is no perfect way, especially if the above materials are unavailable. Wrapping them in clothes can help, too, then create clothing layers in between them. However, if you don’t have time to complete this DIY, you can ask a specialised local shipping and packing service handler to do it for you.

How to Choose a Good Wine?

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If you are a beginner, you may need to know what wines to buy. The most important thing is to know what wine you enjoy and explore different varieties from that region. A good wine will balance the fruit, acidity, tannins, and earthy flavours. Here are more tips that can help.

  1. Find a good reference
    You may want to check our Lotte Duty Free for Fine Wine & Spirits room in “Cellar 55” for a reference on great wines of choice. The cellar showcases wines from the most iconic regions in Australia, from Hunter Valley to Margaret River. Here you can also discover some trendiest Australian Craft spirits brands, such as Four Pillars and Applewood Gin. BenRiach’s 14 Year-Old Single Cask Whiskey is exclusive to Lotte Duty Free too, make sure to check it out. Read Sydney DownTown Store.
  2. Mark your calendar with wine-tasting events
    There is something for everyone. Every Thursday and Friday, Cellar 55 have scheduled wine tastings featuring iconic Wines and their new expressions.

    At Cellar 55, you can find over 150 extraordinary brands, with Scottish whiskies aged for 30, 40 and even 50 years. You can taste whiskey at any time without cost from a 100-bottle Whiskey Bar. If you feel like something more avant-garde and different, speak to our connoisseur about our new very own Lotte Cocktail workshop.

  3. Type of wine
    Find a wine that is not only trendy but something that you enjoy. There are a lot of wines available in the market. If you prefer them with pairs of cuisines, there is a Sommelier or Wine steward who pairs different wines with complementary cuisine. Make sure to take advantage of juicing on their creation whenever possible.
  4. The viniculture
    The location, the grown grape variety, and the wine connoisseur’s taste are crucial to the taste. Look at the region where it was grown and see if you prefer the wine texture produced in that area. It would help if you also considered whether or not you want an expensive or cheap bottle of wine too.
  5. Wine etiquette
    Wine etiquette is important because it helps to create a sense of sophistication. Wine etiquette has three categories: table manners, tasting, and selecting wines.

    Table manners are what one should do with a glass of wine at the dinner table. This includes not holding it by the stem and always keeping one’s hands above the table, never pouring oneself more than half a glass at a time, and never drinking from the bottle.

    Tasting is when one has taken a sip of their drink but does not swallow it yet; this allows them to taste all flavours present to understand better what they are drinking.

    Finally, selecting wines is choosing which wine you want to drink from all the different types available for purchase or tasting. There are many types of wine, including red, white, sparkling, and dessert wines.
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A shopping experience at our Sydney Icon store is not complete without a visit to the luxurious Australian Wine and Spirits room where customers can take a moment to engage with our resident Sommelier in a wine tasting. This is a unique offering, built to replicate the best of the brands cellar door experience right in the heart of Sydney.

Savour the Flavour

Finding the best wine for you is challenging when travelling and exploring new places. So many factors go into what makes the perfect wine for a specific person. Find out which wines are best suited to your tastes and style of travel – whether it’s an urban escape or countryside exploration.

We all know that wine brings people together, but what better way to meet new people while travelling than through a shared love of the grape? So start your next wine conversation with this new knowledge. Visit your local Lotte Duty Free store and let us know what goes from here!

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