High-Tech Bottle Will Keep Your Opened Wine Fresh for A Month
Picture this: you’ve had a long day and really want a glass of wine—preferably in the comfort of your own home, because the idea of human interaction is too exhausting to consider at the moment. You buy a bottle knowing full well that the second you uncork that bad boy, the countdown begins: an open bottle, its contents exposed to the elements, only stays good for three to five days. You could either drink oxygen-spoiled vino for the next week or, more likely, down the whole thing in one sitting.
Enter Kuvée, a device that’s being billed as the Keurig for wine. Although it looks and acts like a wine bottle, Kuvée is completely empty—the wine is actually stored in an accompanying refill canister that’s 750mL, the same size as an average bottle of wine. Kuvée’s Indiegogo page describes the process as “choose, click, pour, and switch.”
Here’s how it works: you insert the canister into the Kuvée through a hole at its base. When you want a drink, you can pour yourself a glass as you would with a regular wine bottle. As soon as you’re done pouring, the canister seals up to keep oxygen out, preventing the wine inside from spoiling for up to 30 days. It’s basically a fancy, better-tasting version of boxed wine that you don’t have to keep in your fridge. Although it doesn’t launch until December 2016, it’s currently available for pre-order on Indiegogo.
Kuvée currently offers 48 selections of wine from 12 different wineries, all of which you can order through the device itself. Vijay Manwani, the creator of Kuvée, told Wired its purpose is not just to keep wine fresh, but also to make wine cool in a way that’s not snobby. He wants to appeal to younger people who are ready to move beyond two-buck chuck into nice wine territory, without the intimidation factor that is usually associated with the beverage.
“The only thing you need to learn about wine is the ability to have five, six bottles open at a time, and compare with friends,” Manwani said. That would normally mean opening a half-dozen bottles of wine—the kind that costs more than $2—and leaving them to spoil, which means they’d eventually acquire the flavor of the cheap wine you’re trying to avoid. Thus, Kuvée is an entry-level product into wine connoisseurship for those of us who want something a little better than Trader Joe’s every now and then.
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