Okay, I'm all packed! Why, what are you bringing?

You made it all the way to wine country, purchased a dozen bottles of a stunning chardonney, then realize something: You have to pay to check that vino back home. Oops.

Alaska Airlines has a solution: The Taste and Tote program. Since 2011, visitors boarding an Alaska return flight in Walla Walla could check a free case of wine. Now it's expanding to the Pasco and Yakima airports, so the booze rides free after vacation stops to, say, Col Solare in Benton City or The Tasting Room Yakima.

Hitting more than one viticultural area? Enterprise Rent-A-Car will waive the fees for taking a rental car on a one-way jaunt between airports (providing you're flying Alaska). An additional perk brings you even closer to the good stuff: Participating wineries will waive tasting fees when shown a boarding pass. That includes dozens of wine counters in the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, and Yakima.

Bonus bonus: Get a 10 percent discount on wine country flights by booking a fall trip before September 15.

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