You go to the store, pull a wine bottle from the shelf and set it in your cart. Simple, huh?
Well, it can get simpler. For some time now, we’ve had the option of pulling down a box from the shelf that holds the equivalent of four bottles. Yes, box wine. It’s come along way from Franzia and it’s sticky sweet offering with subtle hints of mylar. I’ve tried the Merlot from Black Box and it wasn’t bad. Not great. But, it didn’t go to waste. I’m not proud.
Imagine if it could be even simpler. What if you could bring in an empty bottle, gallon milk jug or mason jar to the store and fill it up with wine as if you were filling your car with gas?
Well, imagine no more. If you live in France, that is.
Pull up to the machine, select your vintage and pump into the container of your choice. The winery saves money because they don’t have to fill and ship individual bottles and they pass that savings on to the consumer who is also recycling containers. Win-win and win! Hopefully all the red tape can be cut so we can get these machines in the states soon. We need to write some letters and make this happen, people.
You can read more about these machines at this fun wine blog, Dr. Vino. But, please, once you have read his thoroughly researched, well-written blog, please come back to my shabby little corner of the interweb.
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