I just returned from a beach vacation with family and feel compelled to tell you about the highlight of my trip: the Corkcicle Vinnebago. I promise you this is not a shameless media plug, you guys—this is the real deal. Prior to my trip, I was sent The Vinnebago, an insulated, stainless steel canteen that claims to keep hot fluids hot and cold fluids cold (yeah, okay, I’ve heard that before). I knew that the true test would be bringing the bottle with me to the Jersey Shore, where me and my family of winos could properly try out out the merchandise in the sweltering heat.
The product promises to keep cold liquids cold (yes, including wine) for 25 hours, and hot liquids hot for 12 hours — whatever the temperature of the liquid poured into the Vinnebago, that’s the temperature it’s guaranteed to keep. On day one of the trip, skeptical to waste a bottle of wine if the Vinnebago proved itself untrustworthy, I poured ice cold water into the canister and headed to the beach. I left the bottle in the 90 degree heat all day long, right out in the open. To my surprise, the water kept cold the entire day. I’m talking freezing cold. In fact, the next morning, an entire 24 hours later, I took a sip of water from the canteen which still held some of the previous day’s water, and it was the same icy cold temperature. The best part is that the bottle remained cool to the touch the entire time, even when everybody on the beach was melting. It never “sweat” from condensation or got hot from the sun, and just felt like your run-of-the-mill, room temperature bottle.
On day two, since the Vinnebago passed the water test, I poured an entire bottle of chilled Pinot Grigio into the canteen (yes, it all fit) and headed to the beach. Now, technically the beach I went to does not allow alcoholic beverages or glass containers, so I was only breaking one rule. (Side Note: The Vinnebago can go where glass bottles can’t, so this would also be ideal for camping, parks, public transit, etc.) I left the bottle in the sun again from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. when I decided to crack it open and have myself a little happy hour. The wine was the EXACT same temperature it was when I poured it in 8 hours prior. So while my family begrudgingly sipped on lukewarm wine coolers, I enjoyed refreshing, chilly Pinot (which I then was forced to share). And once the summer is over, you can bet your butt I’m going to fill that baby with hot chocolate, coffee or a hot toddy and bring it with me to tailgate. Basically, this thing is magical and all of my family members can expect one for Christmas this year.