Travel tip from a wine lover

The complimentary drink choices  offered to business and first class cabin passengers usually include a variety of top notch wines.

Not so in coach.  If you want wine, you pay for it. And the choices are never  that exciting: red or white.

But where there’s a will there’s a way. And a wine… as Harris Meyer describes in a recent Crosscut blog post: How to drink your favorite wine on a plane.

The not technically-legal key:  “take-out” from airport wine bars such as DFW’s La Bodega and Vino Volo (at close to a dozen airports),  a TSA-approved corkscrew, and a couple of clean Starbucks cups.

You didn’t hear it from me.


(Courtesy Vino Volo)

PDX gets green beer

Hungry, environmentally-conscious travelers at Oregon’s Portland International Airport(PDX) now have another place to drink organic beer and dine on organic meals, including the “Tree Hugger Scramble.”

Already wildly popular in Portland, the Laurelwood Public House and Brewery has just opened a second airport branch. This one is on Concourse E. The menu includes Oregon-brewed organic beers and dishes prepared with beef, chicken, pork and produce from local farmers.

It’s a good fit for PDX, which is already known as one of the most environmentally-friendly airports. In addition to an aggressive recycling program, the airport turns used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel and converts table scraps and coffee grounds into compost.