We are visiting friends in Spain and we want to bring two bottles of wine from a famous NY winery. Can we bring them into Spain? Is there a website that shows exactly what we can bring into the country in addition to wine? We're leaving May 6....thanks
If Spain is anything like France in this regard, there are few, if any, restrictions on what you can bring in. I can't imagine any restriction on wine. The US seems to be the most paranoid about these things. I can understand fruits and vegetables to some extent, but all these other food restrictions seem absurd. We eat raw milk cheese and cured meats while in France, and if we bring them home we'd eat them at home.
We always bring wine home from Europe, and occasionally to. Never had a problem. Seal it in a freezer bag for extra safety, and cushion it with the clothes in the suitcase. Did you ever try to break a full wine bottle? It ain't easy.
Yes, but wrap carefully. My daughter and I may have set a record by bringing in 9 bottles in our back packs from Paris as our carry on, but this was 2004 and before I hurt my back carrying so much weight. Ha! Ha! Btw, these were official Rick Steves back pacs.
That WAS the gist of my post.
Not quite sure why Elle thinks wine would be confiscated, nor not pass the security scanning. Pretty sure TSA knows what a bottle of wine looks like while going through the scanner and once you get to Europe, they aren't going to bother with a couple bottles of wine either. Check on the Spanish consulate websites to find lists of allowable items.
To or from, the logistics are the same. The wine would have to be carried in checked luggage. I, too, am unsure why Elle would think it could be confiscated. What would the reasoning be? Wine doesn't violate any TSA regulations. The link that she posted makes that clear, too.
What is "confiscated" a euphemism for, exactly? Your statement was pretty clear, the bag could be gone through, and the wine confiscated. Won't happen. Anyway, since they are leaving tomorrow, it is too late to have the wine shipped. The OP didn't express any concern for having overweight bags, so extra fees probably don't play into this.
Sometimes conjecture has no basis in reality.
Ah, confiscated is a euphemism. How clever. Can't wait to find out what it "really" means.
A mild or indirect word or expression for one too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing. Glad to help. 'Words mean exactly what I want them to mean ' Humpty, 1872. Glad to help more.
I have a baggage mishap story from last year that will top most stories. One of the bags checked by my niece and her family on the way home from France contained several bottles of Champagne and some things her child got in France. All bags except that one arrived and were picked up fine. But that one didn't show up. It was later determined that it had been scanned in all along the route and into the home airport, but no one knew where it was. Then, over 5 months later, it appeared on her doorstep the day after Christmas, with no explanation. Everything was there and intact.
Hmmm, I've seen that Humpty quote before somewhere....
I have brought wine from home as gifts for family and friends in Spain, France and Germany, and I have never had a problem. As stated above, though, wrap it well. I use bubble wrap, plastic bags and duck tape. So far, so good...
Spain customs rules at http://spain.visahq.com/customs/ Looks like you can take in up to 4 liters of wine duty free. Now we usually use Wine Skin bags which are cheap, padded, leak proof and reusable. But we never had a problem in the days we packed bottles rolled up in clothes and stuck them in the middle of suitcases. A long bottle such as for riesling won't fit into a wine skin bag, so we just stick that in a large air-tight plastic packing bag and roll it up in clothes.
But if I dump that bottle of Opus One in a wine skin, how will my friends be impressed? They'll just drink it and say "Nice swill."
I think he means Wine Skins, the packaging product, not actual wineskins.
Bota story: When I was a kid, I used one for a canteen for bike trip with pals. Mom never learned the lingo, just stuck an O on the end of English words and pressed on. Somehow we ate, paid the servants, etc. She was with me when we bought the bota. She had questions concerning suitability. I was the translator. She wanted to know if it was okay to put stuff in it, would it pollute/spoil/rot. A long explanations of cautions followed. Se was starting to nix me. Retranslation indicated the guy was talking about what you should put in your belly and that you could put any damn thing you wanted in the goat skin.
I always verify the destination on the airline tags when I check in. Mistakes do happen at that point. If I have a short connection, I want to see that tag too. I use the brightly colored luggage straps. Aside from potentially keeping my bag from accidentally popping open, and making it easier to spot on arrival, it keeps someone else from inadvertently walking off with it. That happened to a friend of mine, took him 3 days to get his back bag. He had frozen fish in it when he left home . . . at least it was cooked and well-wrapped.