Former Tiger Creates Unique Wine Bottle Holder
LSU Sports Interactive
Inspired by an idea to combine his love of baseball and great wine, Baton Rouge entrepreneur and former LSU first baseman Pete Bush set out to create a baseball-themed wine bottle holder where the bottle would slide into the player's grip and rest on his shoulders as the bat.
The result: The BamVino.
Bush is the founder of the local charity Baton Rouge Uncorked. He played under coach Skip Bertman at LSU from 1986-89, and he helped lead the Tigers to three College World Series appearances.
"By pure chance one day, I picked up a bottle of wine by its neck, turned it over and held it up to my shoulder like a bat," Bush said. "I just wondered out loud if there was a wine bottle holder where the bottle is held as the bat, and when I couldn't find anything even remotely like what I was looking for, the idea for The BamVino was born."
Bush then commissioned renowned Louisiana artist Patrick Miller, sculptor of the bronze tigers located outside of LSU's various sports stadiums, to create the prototype.
The BamVino is currently available in an LSU uniform as well as a solid, bronze-colored generic version. Bush plans to take the product nationwide into other collegiate and professional baseball markets later this year.
A conversation piece wherever it is displayed, The BamVino is a perfect addition to a wine bar or countertop and comfortably holds most standard bottles of wine.
The BamVino will be available in gift stores in Baton Rouge, and it may be ordered online at www.thebamvino.com. For more information contact Eric Hedrick at (225) 753-7299.