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posted by cmn32480 on Tuesday November 14 2017, @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: 5, Informative) by Nuke on Tuesday November 14 2017, @01:22PM (4 children)

    by Nuke (3162) on Tuesday November 14 2017, @01:22PM (#596778)

    why not just push the cork halfway back into the bottle?

    That would be just as effective as this condom idea. Anyway, what deteriorates wine is exposure to non-sterile air, and once you uncork it you have exposed it. There are gadgets that allow you to vacuum-pump as much air out as possible through a special cork; you won't get a perfect vacuum but it makes the uncorked wine last longer.

    Most "everyday" wine I buy now has a screw cap anyway, a much better idea although I don't suppose the wine snobs like it.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 14 2017, @05:02PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 14 2017, @05:02PM (#596862)

    Box wine with plastic bladder bag is actually pretty good idea. Wine comes out, but very little air if any goes in.

    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday November 15 2017, @03:46AM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday November 15 2017, @03:46AM (#597129)

      All depends on the plastic the bag is made of... even if you can't taste it it's likely leaching nasties into your drink. BPA isn't as bad as lead or other "traditional" wine contaminants, but it's bad enough to try to avoid if you can.

  • (Score: 2) by letssee on Tuesday November 14 2017, @06:35PM

    by letssee (2537) on Tuesday November 14 2017, @06:35PM (#596900)

    Those 'vacuvin' corks are mostly humbug as well. First, their pumping power is rather low, so you might maybe pull out half the air (unlikely, but let's be generous) leaving half the bacteria in, which is not a significant reduction. Second, when you expose wine to a true vacuüm all sorts of flavour will evaporate even faster, so the flavour will change as well (disclaimer: this second 'fact' is from random reddit posts or somesuch, so I'm not sure how correct it is, but it sonds believable.)

    The only thing that works is flush the bottle with sterile air in some way and recorking/sealing it.

    I don't really see what the advantage of this 'condom' would be over a cork though.

  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 14 2017, @07:52PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 14 2017, @07:52PM (#596946)

    It's likely that oxygen, not bacteria, is what causes wine to deteriorate most for the first few days. Backfill with nitrogen and/or argon, seal and chill.