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The Wine Check with 2015 Robert Biale Royal Punishers Rutherford, Napa Valley Petite Sirah – A Quick Review

When I travel for work, it’s all business with carry-ons stocked with laptops and charging cables. But, it’s a whole different scenario when you are headed for somewhere more relaxing.

Perhaps the beach or the mountains. That’s when I take advantage of my North Carolina surroundings, but your travel ware will surely be different.

What I love about The Wine Check cooling travel bag, which can hold as many as a dozen bottles in a waterproof container and is easily foldable when empty, is that it allows you to travel with many bottles of wine conveniently without taking up space in a larger cooler (it has an insulated styrofoam interior).

Even if you wanted to put food items in the same cooler, there is plenty of space. You can raise the handle and roll it to wherever you need to go! Its storage compartments also include space for beer and other types of drinks proving its versatility.

When I was testing out this bag (which can also be checked on airplanes), I was also sampling the 2015 Robert Biale Royal Punishers Rutherford Napa Valley Petite Sirah. I was able to enjoy its full-bodied flavor with a variety of dishes at home, which also encouraged me to bring it along when I travel.

There were flavors of plum and fig that lingered on my palette for quite awhile, and the black fruit taste paired exceptionally well with grilled meats and hearty pastas.

According to the winemakers, this wine can be enjoyed immediately, but can also be cellar aged for as long as 2024 to achieve maximum intensity.

In spite of dry conditions in Napa Valley during 2015, one will still find complex wines that will appeal to even the most experienced oenephiles.

Both this wine and The Wine Check make great holiday gifts including for Thanksgiving guests. A 2015 bottle of Royal Punishers Rutherfood, Napa Valley Petite Sirah goes for for $45 retail, and The Wine Check can run about $70.

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Ramsey Qubein is a travel journalist who has visited 154 countries covering the hotel and airline industry from every corner of the globe. His work appears in travel publications and outlets including Travel+Leisure, Business Traveller, Airways, Singapore Airlines’ Silver Kris, US Airways magazine, Northstar Travel Media, Yahoo Travel, and BBC. He serves as the National Hotels Travel Examiner and writes for numerous blogs and web sites. He travels more than 350,000 miles a year and is highly recognized as an expert in loyalty programs, business travel and the luxury travel segment. You can follow him on Twitter at DailyTravelTips or at his website

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