November 11

Wine Condoms and The Coravindoms

I promised Mrs 12×75 that when our son was born, I would dedicate as much of my time to him as I could. That of course meant making some sacrifices, one of which was sadly writing this blog. However, the last year has given me a great deal of time to keep trying new wines and of course old favourites. It’s also given me an opportunity to read a lot of the wine news and blogs.

WINE CONDOMS

In the last 12 months, I managed to actually get to have a clear out too and sort through old bits of paperwork. I used a company called Total Shred who specialise in on site paper shredding. They showed up and shredded all my paper on site in their shredding truck – how cool!! In a rush to leave, their driver George left his copy of the Metro Newspaper. And as I leafed through it, I was SHOCKED to see an article that talked about a new wine gizmo to hit the market. Now at this point, I’m sure you will have of course seen the  Wine Condoms. But without even having to get too graphic, let’s just back up for a second… Below is a video explaining exactly what it is and how to use them:

The wine condoms are sold as bottle stoppers and their Amazon page proudly boasts the following celebrities that support them: Amy Poehler, Sharon Stone, Mila Kunis, Madonna, Bethenny Frankel, Melissa McCarthy, Patricia Arquette, Rosie O’Donnell, and Ruby Rose have one! (all women huh?) 

It started off as a Kickstarter project by Mitchell Straham and reached great success by smashing it’s goal of $7,500 and settling on a final total of $9,285. Since then, they ramped up the project and now sell the Wine Condoms through Amazon.

If you can get past the whole condom thing, then yeah – in many ways it’s actually not that stupid an idea. Mitch makes a valid point in an interview that the problem with bottle stoppers is that they add to the length of the bottle, making them even harder to refrigerate. True.

Pack of Wine Condoms

However, on the heels of a few years of weird and wonderful bottle stoppers, I was hoping that someone would perhaps think of something that was more unusual and and niftier than the Coravin. That said, as much as I can see the Wine Condoms being a practical application and perhaps even working, for very obvious reason it’s not for me. In all honesty from a marketing point of view they should have gone with perhaps a totally different name. The Wine Balloon perhaps…. One thing is for sure, whether it’s because of all the Celebs that like it, it works or it’s a novelty, they seem to be selling like hot cakes on Amazon.

We here at 12×75 we will of course be keeping an eye on their progress and reporting back.

It did get me thinking though, if Coravin and Mitch over at Wine Condoms partnered up, maybe they could come out with a new device altogether? The Coravindoms!!!!

July 11

Last #7WWR dinner before the Summer

Dear #7wwr lovers,

For those of you who haven’t heard of the #7wordwinereview dinners in London, you’re in for a treat.  Approaching the end of our 3rd year now, we meet in London regularly for dinner and each bring along our own bottle of wine with a budget of up to £20. That’s not to say we don’t see the occasional bottled of rare port, delicious limoncello or First Growths make an appearance.

We use our collective contacts and group power to book restaurants with good food, that will drop their prices for us and most importantly waive their corkage charges.

That said, and like I always said, the #7wwr is bigger than me and this blog – and the usual suspects galvanised behind Hich aka @hpfelter – as they enjoyed their last dinner at Flat Iron in Covent Garden…What a treat….(Thanks for organising Hich)….

This month the dinner is on the 28 of July. This will be the last until we reconvene from the summer holidays. It will be held at Polpo at the Ape and Bird (124 Shaftesbury Avenue)  and they’ve very kindly given us a table that could accommodate only 20 people. T

he 7 Word Wine Review dinners are open to all but available spots will be offered first to all the regulars.  Hitch aka Hicham Felter aka @hpfelter has very kindly arranged the following for us:
£25 a head for the Spring (see photo) menu available in a vegetarian option (payable directly to the restaurant). Of course FREE CORKAGE is applied. Please get in touch with either Hitch or myself through Twitter to confirm your space.

I would of course like to take this opportunity to Hich and Pete for having organised dinners in the past. Since having become a dad, they have very much picked up the slack and ensured that the dinners and the fun continues (with or without me)….

 

V

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February 20

The March #7Wordwinereview (#7wwr) Dinner

The March #7wwr Dinner

#7wordwinereview, #7wwr

 

For those of you who haven’t heard of the #7wordwinereview dinners in London, you’re in for a treat.

Approaching the end of our 3rd year now, we meet in London regularly for dinner and each bring along our own bottle of wine with a budget of up to £20. That’s not to say we don’t see the occasional bottled of rare port, delicious limoncello or First Growths make an appearance.

We use our collective contacts and group power to book restaurants with good food, that will drop their prices for us and most importantly waive their corkage charges.

I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise to a lot of the regulars. Since finding out Mrs 12 was pregnant to having Junior has prevented me from organising the last few dinners.

That said, and like I always said, the #7wwr is bigger than me and this blog – and the usual suspects galvanised behind Pete aka @Pudjus – as they enjoyed their last dinner at La Blanchette in Soho…What a treat….(Thanks for organising Pete)….

wine blog This month the dinner is on the 24th March. It’s at The Flat Iron Steak in Covent Garden (17-18 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8QH) and they’ve very kindly given us the West Dinning Room.

Given the size of the room we are sadly only limited to 20 people. The 7 Word Wine Review dinners are open to all but available spots will be offered first to all the regulars.

Hitch aka Hicham Felter aka @hpfelter has very kindly arranged the following for us:

£20 a head for 1 steak + 2 sides and a sauce (payable directly to the restaurant). Followed by Ice Cream….and of course FREE CORKAGE
Please get in touch with either Hitch or myself through Twitter to confirm your space.