New 'smart' bottle serves wine by the glass, extends shelf life by a month
Kuvee works with a patented valve system that prevents oxygen from reaching the wine, giving uncorked bottles a shelf life of 30 days. (Kuvee Wine)
A new wine contraption described as the world's first smart bottle is set to hit the market this fall, promising to keep wines fresh for up to a month and thereby allowing consumers to open a bottle of white, red and rose at the same time.
It's called Kuvée, and works with a patented valve system that prevents oxygen from reaching the wine, giving uncorked bottles a shelf life of 30 days.
The pitch? Instead of arguing about which bottle to open for dinner, drinkers can quench their thirst for a Syrah, rosé or Riesling at the same time.
To use, drinkers insert a bottle of wine into an outer shell that's fitted with a wifi connected touch screen that identifies the wine and offers food pairing ideas and serving tips.
The smart device can also tell drinkers the number of glasses of wine remaining, and how and where the wine was made.
The hitch? The system only works with its own patented wine bottles.
Kuvée wines are a selection of California wines from Bonny Doon Vineyard, Schug, B. R. Cohn, and Pine Ridge among others, and range between $15 and $50 a bottle.
Users can also order more wines directly from the touch screen.
It's the latest smart wine to hit the market.
Earlier this year, a French start-up company won the coveted title of best start-up at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, for inventing a device pitched as the Nespresso machine for wine.
The D-Vine Machine also answers the call for single-serve vino by serving up wine by the glass at the right temperature.
Like the Kuvée system, the aerating and chilling machine works with its own system of 100 ml (about 3.5 ounces) wine capsules, which resemble flasks or test tubes.
The single-serve wines range from €2 to €16.
The Kuvée system is now available for pre-order for a promotional price of $179, along with four bottles of wines.
The system will begin shipping to residents in California and Massachusetts in October, before expanding to additional markets in December and early 2017.