This Purse Has a Secret That's Perfect for Sipping

You’re out and about, and suddenly you realize it’s the perfect time to enjoy a glass of wine — while on a ridge overlooking a gorgeous sunset, say, or in the midst of a stroll or picnic with your main squeeze. Wouldn’t it be great if a spout suddenly materialized from that fetching purse you’re carrying and began dispensing the wine of your choice?

Guess what: Someone’s come up with a solution. Bella Vita’s PortoVino wine purse comes with a hidden, zippered, insulated compartment into which you can tuck a removable 1.5-liter bladder that you can fill with your favorite hooch (high-end, to match the bag, of course).

The faux leather purse has a “flap” on the outside that lifts to reveal the bladder’s spout. Just grab a glass and — voila — your vino’s available wherever you go!

One bladder is included in the purse, which retails for $74.95, and you can buy a package of three additional replacement beverage pouches and spouts for $17.95 — in order, the website says, to give each party “a clean start.” Each bladder holds about two bottles of wine.

Apart from its party-ready secret, the PortoVino purse is nothing if not practical. It features a roomy main compartment, capacious enough for your wallet, sundry items and perhaps even some snacks, as well as two side pockets suitable for cell phones, keys or whatever else you may need at the ready. (No need for the corkscrew, natch.)

Available in red, black and an attractive shade of blue, and with strappy handles and gold accents and a polka-dot fabric interior, it’s a handsome enough tote to leave fashionistas feeling giddy even before the first glass of wine.

For those who are looking for something slim and elegant, Bella Vita also makes a little black wine clutch that’s made to complement your favorite little black clutch on a night out. With enough room left over (after you’ve slid in the wine bladder) for your lipstick and cell phone, it makes a lovely fashion statement. After all, Bella Vista cutely contends, “Wine is the new black.”

Alas, due to recent demand, both wine purses — tote and clutch — are currently out of stock on the Bella Vita website, though you can pre-order the next batch or register to be notified when new stock becomes available. And if you can’t wait, we found a few similar items available online. Cheers!

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Photo courtesy of Bella Vita Bags

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