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A selection packed with personality

Now that bringing your own bottle of wine into restaurants is becoming fashionable, bag makers have responded with totes for all types of personalities. The styles are good, bad and indifferent, but if this wine-toting thing gets any more popular, a Gucci or Prada carrier can't be far behind.

November 13, 2002|Valli Herman-Cohen | Times Staff Writer

Unpretentious

The bag: Padded nylon duffel bag with ice pack, $7.99, Larchmont Village Wine & Cheese.

The statement: You're no wine snob, but modest in all pursuits. Wine, plain and simple.

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Minimalist

The bag: B.Y.O. Chiller in hard white plastic with freezable molded insert for two bottles; accommodates champagne bottles; $49.95; from Artisans on Web, (www.aoweb.com).

The statement: You live in an architectural home, hate clutter and give gifts from the Museum of Modern Art, where the carrier earned a permanent spot in the collection, despite looking like Jane Jetson's picnic basket.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday November 14, 2002 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 13 inches; 496 words Type of Material: Correction
Wine tote prices -- An article in Wednesday's Food section gave incorrect retail prices for two wine totes from International Wine Accessories. The zippered black leather tote is $79.95, not $49.95. The flip-top Connoisseur Wine Bag is $39.95, not $29.95.

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Party girl

The bag: The Double, a thermally molded foam, fake ocelot fur wine tote with corkscrew and carrying strap, $27, from Surf to Summit (www.surftosummit.com), or Top- line Wine & Spirits in Glendale.

The statement: You and your date, Bacchus, just want to have fun.

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Corporate

The bag: Connoisseur Wine Bag, a discreet, two- or three-bottle flip-top case in black vinyl, with corkscrew pocket, $29.95; from International Wine Accessories (www.iwa wine.com).

The statement: You're high enough up the corporate structure to have received this as a bonus last year, but you didn't rate the 1997 Chianti that came inside the boss' tote.

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Luxurious

The bag: Two-bottle, zip-around black leather tote with sleeve for corkscrew and carrying strap; $49.95; from International Wine Accessories (www.iwawine. com).

The statement: The black leather doesn't clash with the leather interior of the Jaguar.

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