Wine Bottle Wallet
The present invention provides an aesthetically pleasing portable wine bottle carrier that folds into something with the general size, shape, and appearance of a wallet. The invention comprises a tote bag having a semi-rigid bottom and non-rigid front, rear, and side sections, and an open top, along with creases in the material to facilitate easy folding into what has an outward appearance of a wallet.
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When carrying a wine bottle in public, such as into a restaurant, many people often wish not to transport the bottle in a paper or plastic bag. Carrying alcoholic beverages this way is often considered to be un-refined. As such, canvas carrying cases, or other carriers made of other materials have become popular. However, after the bottle has been removed, one then has to keep track of and carry the empty wine bag around with them for the remainder of the evening, much to the annoyance of the user. This also tends to create a situation where wine carriers are misplaced or lost. A need therefore exists for a portable wine bottle carrier that is aesthetically pleasing, and is also easily held and carried after use. Such a carrier should be adapted to carry one or two standard size wine bottles.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention provides an aesthetically pleasing portable wine bottle carrier that folds into something with the general size, shape, and appearance of a wallet.
Briefly, the portable wine bottle carrier comprises a tote bag having a semi-rigid bottom and non-rigid front, rear, and side sections, and an open top, along with creases in the material (preferably along the front/rear sections and horizontal to the long axis—the long axis being vertical from the top to bottom) to facilitate easy folding into what has an outward appearance of a wallet. The creases are preferably perpendicular to the length of the bag to facilitate the folding of the bag into a wallet sized position. The invention preferably also comprises a means to secure the device into the wallet configuration. These means may take a variety of forms, such as hook and loop fasteners (hereinafter referred to as “Velcro”, a registered trademark of Textol Systems, Inc.), snaps, buttons, etc. located at two locations on the device such that when folded, the securing means are conveniently located. For example, after folding the bag along the creases, the ‘wallet’ configuration would then be prevented from unfolding by securing abutting sections of the wallet via Velcro or snaps located on each end.
The device will include one or two vertical compartments suitable for receipt of one or two wine bottles. If the device is configured to accommodate two bottles, a partition located in the interior compartment of the carrier that separates the two bottles and keeps them from directly colliding is suggested. While it is conceivable that a wine carrier could be sized to accommodate more than two wine bottles, such a device would be difficult to then fold into a wallet size configuration.
The bottom of the bag preferably is generally rectangular, and is preferably the approximate height and length of the device in the folded, ‘wallet’ configuration. In a preferred construction, the bag has seams defining the union of the bottom and at least two opposed sides thereof. In the two bottle configuration, the partition is preferably secured to the bag along at least one of the side seams and additionally at the middle of the bottom of the bag. The insert preferably includes creases for convenient folding and storage purposes. The bag is preferably formed from a single piece of fabric material such as cotton or canvas, such piece having a medial portion forming the bottom of the bag and end portions extending upwardly from the medial portion to form the sides of the bag, such end portions having vertical juxtaposed edges stitched together.
In addition, a handle is secured to the bag for use during bottle transport. In one configuration, a strap is attached to two front and rear sections near the top (or open section) to produce a handle. Alternatively, handles are secured to opposing sections of the bag at the respective tops thereof whereby the bag is ported in a suspended state.
A rear pocket, located on the exterior of a rear section, can be included to carry related items, such as a corkscrew, etc. This may also be a convenient location for the securing means, such as Velcro or snaps, with the securing means located at the top of the rear pocket, as well as the bottom. Another embodiment comprises a flap located at the bottom of the rear section pocket that facilitates a portion of the securing means.
To the accomplishment of the foregoing and related ends the invention, then, comprises the features hereinafter fully described and particularly pointed out in the claims, the following description and the drawings setting forth in detail certain illustrative embodiments of the invention, these being indicative, however, of but a few of the various ways in which the principles of the invention may be employed.
Referring now in detail to the drawings showing a portable wine bottle carrier constructed in accordance with the invention as designated generally by reference numeral 10.
The rear section 16 is shown having an attached rear pocket 38. The rear pocket is preferably sized and shaped to accommodate a variety of items. The rear pocket is shown comprising securing means 26 and, in this view, the securing means comprises snaps located on the top of the rear pocket and on the flap. When the carrier 10 is folded into the wallet configuration, the snaps are located to provide a convenient way to secure the invention into that configuration. The side section 18 and bottom section 12 are also shown, along with the open top 20. The open top shows the top section of the vertical compartment 28 within the carrier. The strap 36 is attached to the top of the front 14 and rear 16 sections to provide a handle during the wine transport.
Then, to secure this into the wallet configuration, the securing means could then be activated, such as snapping the snaps, or adhering the Velcro sections together, etc. The bottom section (46) preferably has the size and shape of a typical wallet, making transport of the wine wallet convenient. The crease lines 22 are preferably parallel to the horizontal axis 44 and perpendicular to the long/vertical axis 24, while the side/lateral sections 18 are generally parallel to the long/vertical axis 24 and perpendicular to the horizontal axis 44.
Although the invention has been shown and described with respect to a preferred embodiment, it is obvious that equivalent alterations and modifications will occur to others skilled in the art upon the reading and understanding of the specification. The present invention includes all such equivalent alterations and modifications, and is limited only by the scope of the following claims.
1. A portable bottle carrier, comprising:
- a. a vertical axis and a horizontal axis;
- b. a front side;
- c. a rear side;
- d. a semi-ridged bottom section;
- e. an open top;
- f. two lateral sections, each lateral section attaching to the front side, the rear side, and the bottom section;
- g. wherein the front side, rear side, bottom side, lateral sections, and open top define a vertical interior cavity suitable for receipt of at least one wine bottle;
- h. a plurality of creases that: i. are located in the front of the carrier; ii. are parallel to the horizontal axis; iii. define a plurality of panels; and iv. allow the carrier to be put into a folded position along the crease lines;
- i. a means of securing the carrier in the folded position.
2. The portable bottle carrier of claim 1, further comprising:
- a. A carrier strap spanning the open top and attached to the front side and the rear side.
3. The portable bottle carrier of claim 1, further comprising:
- a. A carrier strap spanning the open top and attached to the lateral sections.
4. The portable bottle carrier of claim 1, further comprising:
- a. One or more handle(s) attached to the open top.
5. The portable bottle carrier of claim 1 wherein the means of securing the carrier in the folded position comprise at least one of the following elements:
- a. Velcro;
- b. Snaps;
- c. Buttons;
- d. Hooks;
- e. Clasps.
6. The portable bottle carrier of claim 1, further comprising ah elongated rear pocket attached to the rear side of the carrier.
7. The portable bottle carrier of claim 6, wherein the elongated rear pocket comprises a means of securing the carrier in the folded position.
8. The portable bottle carrier of claim 1, further comprising a flap element attached to the rear side of the carrier.
9. The portable bottle carrier of claim 8, wherein the flap element comprises a means of securing the earner in the folded position.
10. The portable bottle carrier of claim 1, further comprising a partition element attached to the front and back sides and located in the interior cavity of the carrier that divides the vertical interior cavity into two vertical compartments suitable for receipt of two wine bottles.
11. The portable bottle carrier of claim 1, further comprising a crease in the side/lateral section that is parallel to the vertical axis.