Nowadays, you don't have to worry about breakage and temperature gyrations. Useful wine accessories and containers have come a long way since the day when Dad threw a bottle of straw-wrapped Chianti into the picnic basket.
Guy Stout, a master sommelier, travels often as the director of beverage education for a major wine distributor. "Being a frequent traveler, I absolutely love the screw caps from New Zealand and California producers. More countries and wineries are going for the screw cap, and I think it's great. With the increasing quality of wine available in screw-cap bottles, it just makes sense."
"Box wines can be fun as well if you are by the pool or rafting on a river where glass is discouraged and you want to be a good citizen," says Stout. "I can hear my wine friends cringe when I say 'box wine.' Get over it! This is not the same wine we saw in the 1970s and '80s. It's really decent stuff. Is it outstanding? No, but it's a good drink and won't cost you the Napa Valley Cabernet price either."
Mark Roberts, owner of a wine consulting firm, likes to use a two-bottle wine carrier for taking along a bottle of wine. Such wine bags and caddies are available in many materials, including leather, metal, hard plastic and soft-sided vinyl.