in the summer time i like to enjoy a bottle of chilled pinot grigio as i'm reading a book on the balcony. i get tired of getting up to refill my glass but i want the wine to stay cold. here's how i do it on the cheap.
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Step 1: The Starting Lineup
we've all used a coozie for soft drinks, beer cans and bottles, etc, but what about wine? why not?
take a look at the lineup of coozies i've collected from around the house. there are two types of materials used to make these four coozies. the two on the left are neoprene, the two on the right are some sort of thicker foam rubber i don't know the name of. who cares? we want neoprene!
why neoprene? simply put, it stretches more. wine bottles are bigger than your average twelve ounce can. the foam rubber coozies will not stretch enough to be useful with a larger bottle.
also, note the two different types of neoprene coozies. on the left is a pretty straight forward can coozie. the pacers coozie on the right is what's known as a jersey coozie. it is made for bottles. it slides over the top of a bottle, instead of having the bottle slide down into it like a basic can coozie. see the close up.
for this instructable you will need one of each of the neoprenes. check liquor stores, sporting events, etc, for places to buy coozies.
Step 2: Implementation
it's easy to see after looking at the pictures.
the basic can coozie is stretched over the bottom of the wine bottle while the jersey coozie gets pulled over the top. the result is a well-insulated bottle of chilled white wine. the neoprene should return to it's original shape if not left on for hours and hours.
Step 3: Bonus!
if you want to keep a beer cold longer but aren't ready to drink it yet, use two coozies. easily fits 16 ouncers.
those foam rubber coozies come in handy too!