The first smart wine bottle from Kuvée has just been released, and it seems it has the ability to keep the drink fresh for thirty days. Designed by Vijay Manwani, this is his attempt to make wine “cool”, after the development of craft beer and spirits.
The large device is shaped as a wine bottle and comes equipped with a touchscreen and a Wi-Fi connection, but also several sensors. The bottle is hollow and has a hole at its bottom, where you can slot various refills encased in metallic silver that have the capacity of 750ml of wine, just like any standard bottle. Should you wish to have a drink, all you need to do is pop in the refill canister and fill your glass, just like you would do with a normal wine bottle.
After pouring the wine, the canister has the magical capability of sealing back up in order to keep the oxygen out and thus the wine fresh for as much as thirty days. This is much longer than the drink would last if left in the fridge or a cupboard.
In more detail, when inserting the canister into the Kuvée bottle, the touchscreen will light up and display the wine’s label, but also its history and types of food that can be enjoyed with it. Additionally, it also tells how much wine is still left in the canister, and offers you the possibility to order more. Kuvée is the one curating the e-store, and the refills will be shipped straight to you.
Vijay Manwani, the creator of the Kuvée bottle, has been working in tech infrastructure for years. After reaching both money and success, he decided to follow his passion, and thus took a wine course from the Boston University. In this way, he realized many people could not learn about wine in the same way he did. Manwani further explained that
“The only thing you need [in order] to learn about wine is the ability to have five, six bottles open at a time, and compare with friends.”
This is how the idea for the Kuvée bottle was born, by aiming to keep the drink fresh for one month. The smart bottle is set to cost $199, but its creator hopes that one day it will come free of charge, and the users will only need to pay for the refill canisters. It seems not even the wine industry can escape the rapid advancement of technology.
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