A new wine chilling machine set to launch this fall is described as the wine lover’s personal at-home sommelier eliminating the need for an opener or a fridge.
Because D-Vine Gravity, a French invention, comes with its own pre-selection of wine samples which come in patented test tube-like flasks and work with the smart machine.
There are no wine bottles or corks involved.
Here’s how it works: Drinkers choose their flask of wine, each of which contains 3 oz of wine, or one glass worth.
The tube is inserted vertically into the smart machine, which reads the cap via an RFID (Radio-frequency identification) tag and identifies the wine, before proceeding to aerate the sample and chill it to its optimal serving temperature.
The wine then pours into the glass in about a minute.
The aerating and chilling machine is a clever way to promote the company’s existing 10-Vins wine subscription service, an at-home delivery program that sells a selection of by-the-glass flasks, as curated by wine experts.
Tubes of wine range from $2.20 to $18.
It’s also the latest device to try to respond to the growing interest in wines by-the-glass for the occasions when one person wants red, and the other wants white.
Coravin was one of the first to pioneer the concept with its wine opening system which can pour a glass at a time and leave the cork intact. After a thin hollow needle pierces the cork to extract the wine, the bottle is pressurized with argon which pushes the wine through the needle and into the glass. Once the needle is removed, the cork naturally reseals itself.
The D-Vine retails for €499 ($560 USD) and will launch in France November 15 before becoming available throughout Europe early next year. It will also be showcased at the CES show in Las Vegas next year.