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PortoVino purses hit the sweet spot of function-meets-fashion perfectly. Whether you are headed to the beach, a book club, or bridal shower, here is how you can tote two bottles' worth of wine in high style.

Where does it come from?

This why-didn't-I-think-of-it-first idea sprang from the mind of Marisa China, a 46-year-old entrepreneur in Phoenix whose company, Bella Vita, specializes in knickknacks for wine lovers.

"One day I was sitting with my husband and trying to come up with a classy way to transport wine, and this is what we came up with," China said.

PortoVino bags come in two styles: faux leather (in red, black, or white) and striped canvas, which are perfect for the beach.

These canvass bags from from Pheonix-based company Bella Vita are perfect for the beach.
Bella Vita
These canvass bags from from Pheonix-based company Bella Vita are perfect for the beach.

Before you leave the house, you pour your wine into PortoVino's insulated, aluminum party pouch and seal it shut — to ensure you won't violate any open-container laws. Once you are finished imbibing for the day — or, better yet, when you need to switch from a Prosecco to a red blend — the pouch can be thrown away and replaced. (Party pouches are $6 each, or $17.95 for a pack of three.)

They are still pretty new on the scene. But two months ago, after Delish.com posted an article about the bag, the Bella Vita website got 52 million hits. China said the company has sold out of the first batch of bags and is increasing production.

Would Elizabeth carry one?

As soon as I can get my hands on one.

Should you carry one? 

Only if you like wine. And if you do, please carry responsibly. These bags are NOT for solo trips out on the town.

Where do you find them? 

PortoVino handbags are available on Amazon and the Bella Vita website (www.bellavitabags.com). The faux-leather versions are $74.95, the canvas ones, $39.95.

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