Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Picnic Time Meritage Wine and Cheese Tote

An Organized Transporter


Picnic Time Meritage Insulated Triangular Wine and Cheese Tote


For a wine and cheese picnic on-the-go, this handy wine tote with a sturdy polyester-canvas outer shell is the perfect utilitarian companion. The triangular tote has compartments galore, holding two to three bottles of wines or spirits and a suite of included accessories.

Unzipping the top of the tote reveals two slots for bottles, while another zippered door on the front opens up to neatly organized accoutrements, including a stainless steel waiter-style corkscrew and wooden-handled cheese knife; an ornate bottle stopper; two printed cotton napkins; and two shatter-resistant acrylic wine glasses. A side pocket houses a small wood cutting board, which could be used to present a small arrangement of cheeses.

Space for a third bottle can be created by removing the two wine glasses, but we think the two-bottle configuration would suit most needs. On that note, the Meritage tote is ideal for a wine-and-cheese outing "à deux," but could be used for more than two people if extra glasses and napkins are brought along separately. As for portability, the tote's adjustable shoulder strap (with a non-slip underside) provides comfort and convenience, and there is also a padded handle on top for quick access. Proper insulation is provided by a polyvinyl-chloride layer that acts as a thermo-regulator and a water-resistant polyurethane coating that repels condensation. Consider this a highly-functional wine tote that is high on organization.

Reviewed by Emily Tsay

Price: $49 on Amazon

For more information, visit

More Wine Accessories
Top 10 Wine Gifts

(Updated: 08/07/12 KK)

Hard ciders aren't just limited to apples anymore. GAYOT's Top 10 Ciders offers a range of selections that include cherry and pear ciders.

With summer right around the corner, GAYOT has you covered with the Top 10 Barbecue Wines perfect for any outdoor gathering.