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Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, or "Vinny" for short. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette. I hope you find my answers educational and even amusing. Looking for a particular answer? Check my archive and my FAQs. You can also follow me on Twitter: @AskDrVinny.




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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I'm planning a trip to Hawaii. Is there any evidence of wine being affected by air travel?

—Jon K., Sacramento, Calif.

Dear Jon,

It's most dangerous to arrive at your destination without anything good to drink! But air travel does bring up a few concerns for wine. If the wine is checked as baggage, the changes in temperature and air pressure in the plane's storage area can mess with a wine's health. Store your wine in insulated containers, cross your fingers and hope that the corks won't leak.

It's safer to bring the wine with you as carry-on luggage, into the temperature- and pressure-controlled cabin. However, don't be tempted to crack open a bottle to make the trip more fun; federal regulations prohibit drinking a wine that isn't served to you by a flight attendant.

—Dr. Vinny

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