Bob's Your Uncle's witty wine bags aren't new, but they make me smile every time I see them, making them the pick for Day 4 of my holiday gift-bag journey. These silver-pressed kraft-paper bags poke a nice dose of fun at what we wine folks try do every day—come up with inventive (and admittedly sometimes silly) ways to describe how wine tastes. For a mere $14 you get six bags, each with a different description—for instance, "Vigorous Well Constructed Even a Little Bosomy." And they offer a fun challenge: to find wine that fits the statement on the bag. So if anyone determines a good bosomy wine, let me know.
Some time during my first few months at F&W, someone sent me a bright pink one-bottle wine bag from BUILT and I have dragged that thing all over the city ever since. It may be a little stained in the corners at this point, but I still love it. These bags (which sort of kicked off the whole reusable wine bag phenomenon in the first place) are made of neoprene, which is the same stretchy, slightly cushy material used to make the wetsuits that divers and surfers wear—hence the durability.
This year BUILT released a new snappier version of the bag in fish-netted neoprene
, which brings me to my third day of 12 Days of Wine Bags
. These bags come in a few different colors and cost only $14—perfect for impromptu host gifts.
Day two of this holiday wine bag spectacular
brings us to one of my favorite designers, Angela Adams
, who's based in Portland, Maine. I've long coveted Adams incredible wool rugs and in the past few years, she's added handbags, glassware and other home goods to the mix. Her new line of wine totes
is made with recycled sailcloth with strong nautical-rope handles. At $35 this might be the sort of bag that you buy for yourself and just use for transporting wine, but it would also be a nice present to help transport a friend to the sunny seas during these cold winter months.
Now that the holiday season is fully upon us and we’re all schlepping wine to this party and that party, I thought it might be useful to call out 12 really great wine totes—one every day, for the next 12 days—for all of your holiday wine-carrying needs.
I discovered this first one, from Maptote, at the Brooklyn Flea a few weeks back. Beyond Bordeaux, they company also makes Rioja, Tuscany and Napa Valley designated bags—as well as one for Manhattan and one for Philadelphia, which I never knew were burgeoning wine regions! They’re $12 apiece and make terrific gifts. Just be sure to order a couple for yourself, too.