IMG_0231As I make my way to downtown McKinney, Texas, I look forward to my coffee date with Mitch Strahan. We will discuss his newest brainchild, the Wine Condom. Wait. What? Strahan’s invention, a smart wine-stopper, with a giggle-worthy name, is exactly what it says it is, a tiny condom that rolls snugly over the top of an open wine bottle. Fitting flush with the rim, it provides spill protection and a simple solution to all manner of wine-drinker dilemmas. And punch lines. Wine Condoms provide lots and lots of punch lines.

Strahan, the son of stand-up comedian Laura Bartlett, came upon this genius idea the night his mom returned home from dinner at a neighbor’s house. She brought with her a half-empty bottle of wine. For the short walk home, Bartlett sealed her bottle with clingy, clear plastic wrap and a rubber band. Jokes ensued between mother and son. Before the night was over, Strahan hit upon a seriously clever idea.

“Wine Condoms is not a miracle wine preserver, but a superior wine-stopper,” says Strahan, “It’s perfect protection from wine28f-1-webspills when transporting your open wine bottle from say the restaurant to your home, or after a picnic at the lake.”

According to Strahan, each Wine Condom package contains 10 or 25 individual condoms made of 100% rubber. Designed to be disposable after a couple of uses, Wine Condoms can also be used to seal opened soft drinks and beer.

Earlier this month, Strahan and Bartlett launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of Wine Condoms. Within days, pledges started pouring in, and #WineCondoms was trending across the globe. Media outlets from Fox News, Yahoo Business News Singapore to, well, (the FIRST to bring you a video interview with Strahan), began following the journey of this young entrepreneur. At this writing, the mother/son team has raised $4257.00 toward their $7500.00 goal with 17 days left in the campaign.

IMG_0243“Mitch quit his job as a waiter to pursue his entrepreneurial dream of launching Wine Condoms,” said Bartlett, “We are relying on social giving [crowd-funding] to ‘roll out’ Wine Condoms.”

Wine Condoms is trademarked with patent pending. As you enjoy’s exclusive interview with Strahan, the mother/son duo would like to remind you to always drink responsibly, always wear proper protection, and by all means, always use Wine Condoms.

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