Cooler/Carrier for White Wine

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Turn a cooler into a wine dispenser

Boxed wine is wonderful on a boat, with no glass to break.  A while back, Mary Jo provided a great way to get rid of the cardboard box but still have easy pouring, by using a plastic storage container.  But what if you like your wine chilled?

The photos above detail a great DIY solution for all the white wine drinkers from Lorie Eadie, who sails Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound and Narragansett Bay with her husband Ed, their kids and grandkids.

Simply stated, they use a 12-can cooler with a hole cut in the side for the pouring spout.  Put the bag in, then add ice on top to keep it cold.

While the pictures that Lorie sent show the idea well, Lorie did have a couple of comments.  First, she suggests keeping the ice in a Ziploc or using freezer packs, as melt water from loose ice will leak out the pouring spout.

Additionally, says Lorie, “One photo is a close up of the hole we cut.  Note that we made a little slit on either side of the hole to let the outer lip of the spout slide through the cooler wall to hold it better. Slide the spout through, pull up, push it back against the side and start pouring.”


Lorie-EadieLorie and her husband Ed both grew up sailing with friends.  In her words: When we became empty nesters we decided to get back into sailing. We bought a ’74, 26 ft Pearson and had a lot of fun but the kids and grandkids wanted to come sailing too and she was just too small, so we sold her and bought a ’74, 30 ft Pearson that we can all at least go for a nice day sail together and the grandkids love to have sleepover on Nana and Pop’s “FROG BOAT.”

LeapFrog is our boat and we are from Clinton, Connecticut and sail Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound and Narrgansett Bay. We hope to venture further someday as time permits. The photo of me on the dock is at Skippers Dock in Stonington, Connecticut after our first day of sailing on her, bringing her home to Clinton from Cranston, RI.   If you ever sail up the East Coast that’s great food and an overnight tie up! You’ve gotta love a place where you go in and pay the bartender for your overnight!

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