Letter writer Kathryn Brooks (Oct. 13), in discussing bus travel in Australia, erred in her advice to American travelers.
Residents of California are allowed to bring home up to 60 bottles (five cases) of wine for personal consumption, not just the one liter she mentioned. The latter is true for high-proof alcoholic beverages, but not for wine. The catch is, however, that the wine must be brought back with the traveler; it may not be shipped separately, but must clear Customs at the time the traveler does upon arrival. Since excess baggage charges are typically 1% of a one-way first-class fare per kilogram, it rarely pays to bring home more than one case as regular, checked baggage under the two-piece (70 pounds per piece) baggage allowance.