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posted by cmn32480 on Tuesday November 14, @11:47AM   Printer-friendly
from the for-your-wine-not-your-weiner dept.

Submitted via IRC for OneLitreIn

Not all conversations with your mom about condoms have to end in mortification. For example: One mother and son turned a quip about rubbers into an industrious new way to save wine.

The Wine Condom, which is literally a condom stretched over the top of a wine bottle, was conceived by Laura Bartlett and her clearly well-adjusted son, Mitch Strahan.

The Dallas duo came up with the idea in 2014 after Bartlett sealed off a bottle of wine with plastic wrap secured with a rubber band. They realized it looked like a condom and their dream was born.

Their original contraption first launched that late spring/early summer. Recently, the two announced a new design for their invention, which works for different sizes of wine bottles. (Expect to see a few floating around at White Elephant Gift Exchange this holiday season.)

The device, made from food-grade silicone and sold online for $10 per six-pack, works much as you'd expect: After opening a bottle of wine, the Wine Condom can be rolled over the opening, creating a seal that prevents air from escaping.


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  • (Score: 2) by RamiK on Tuesday November 14, @01:01PM (3 children)

    by RamiK (1813) on Tuesday November 14, @01:01PM (#596772) []

    Not to detract from your that mother & son personal angle story, but I prefer something cheaper and reusable. Also, if you'll look it up you'll find all sorts of designs (stainless steel handles \ body... decorated...) though I only tried these plain ones.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by TheRaven on Tuesday November 14, @01:24PM (1 child)

    by TheRaven (270) on Tuesday November 14, @01:24PM (#596779) Journal
    I prefer the Vacu Vin ones []. The stoppers are cheap and durable (cheaper than these wine condoms and reuseable) and the pump is easy to use and lets you extract enough air that the wine lasts for days. I got a set with a pump and three stoppers (I rarely have more than two unfinished bottles of wine open at once) about 15 years ago, and they still work fine, for about the same price as a pack of three of these disposable things.
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    • (Score: 2) by aclarke on Tuesday November 14, @05:39PM

      by aclarke (2049) on Tuesday November 14, @05:39PM (#596875) Homepage

      Yeah, use this. Pump the air out of the bottle and your wine will be fit to drink for a few days, possibly up to a couple weeks.

      The "wine condom" is a sensationalistic, and stupid, idea. Worse than almost every other existing solution, except for the "hur de hur condom" angle.

  • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Tuesday November 14, @02:21PM

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Tuesday November 14, @02:21PM (#596794)

    Yeah, I was about to point to something like that. I got a set of 4 stoppers plus a vacuum pump on Amazon for $14 I think, which will pump out all the air the bottle so the wine will last a lot longer. Why waste time and money on these stupid "wine condoms" that don't even pump the air out?