Kuvee's sensible bottle is sort of a Keurig, however for wine

I am no wine snob. Heck, my familiarity with wines does not prolong a lot previous understanding the distinction between reds, whites and pinks — excuse me, rosés. (No matter.) And even when I discover a wine I like, discovering comparable manufacturers or taste profiles is an infuriating hit-or-miss course of. Fortunately, a forthcoming “sensible” bottle system from Kuvée guarantees to take the frustration out of discovering new wines. I lately tried out a prototype bottle for a weekend. This is the way it went.

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The Kuvée bottle system is a two-half affair. The system itself stands roughly a foot tall, is barely bigger round than an ordinary 750ml container and options a big, full-shade LED touchscreen the place the entrance label ought to be. The bottle itself is hole and expenses on an included docking station. Actually, it is extra of a “sensible sleeve” for the system’s aluminum-clad refill canisters. You merely unscrew the twist cap from a refill, slide the bottle over it and click on the 2 collectively. The bottle includes a proprietary spout mechanism that forestalls air from moving into the refill canister. That is meant to maintain the wine recent for as much as a month. What’s extra, it permits you to crack open a number of bottles to style and check out with out the fear over whether or not you’ll end it earlier than the wine turns.

The Kuvée’s digital options are not any much less spectacular. Whenever you insert a canister of wine into it, the entrance touchscreen acknowledges what it is pouring and shows a slew of pertinent details about it. Not solely will the label mechanically seem, however customers can scroll via details about the vintner, style profiles and meals-pairing choices.

All this info is pulled from Kuvée’s servers by way of an onboard WiFi connection. Kuvée’s co-founder Vijay Manwani says that the system will ultimately supply a Netflix-like suggestion engine that means comparable wines that you simply may take pleasure in. Moreover, in the event you discover a wine you’d wish to attempt, you’ll order it instantly via the bottle’s interface. (In fact, you will want to make use of a laptop computer or cellular system to initially arrange your account.) Sadly, neither of those options was lively on the prototype I examined, which is a disgrace, as a result of they’re fairly central to the entire system.

Do you need to be the schmuck who blows two Benjamins on this factor solely to have the corporate fold, thereby rendering your complete system ineffective?

Given how early a prototype I attempted — it will not launch till October, and even that can be restricted to only California and Massachusetts — there are nonetheless some lingering questions relating to how viable the system will probably be. For one, it solely accommodates wine in its proprietary refill canisters. As with a Keurig coffeemaker, there is no method for customers to manually refill a bottle. Meaning your wine choices are restricted to what Kuvee sells. Granted, the corporate expects to have almost 50 varieties at launch, however that is clearly only a fraction of what your native BevMo provides.

That, in flip, makes me query its lengthy-time period possibilities. This technique goes to value $200 for simply the bottle itself ($one hundred eighty in case you pre-order), whereas refills are going to retail for $15 to $50. Do you need to be the schmuck who blows two Benjamins on this factor solely to have the corporate fold, thereby rendering the whole system ineffective? I positive do not. We’ll merely have to attend till October to see how issues shake out.

Andrew Tarantola has lived in San Francisco since 1982 and has been writing intelligent issues about know-how since 2011. When not arguing the finer factors of moveable vaporizers, flat display TVs, and army protection techniques with strangers on the Web, he enjoys tooling round his backyard, knitting, and binge watching anime.