It seems like we get everything from automated vending kiosks these days, from cash to DVDs to postal service to gasoline. The French have simply taken the next logical step. Putting a modern (and greener) spin on an old way of doing business, a French vendor has begun selling wine by volume from 500- and 1,000-liter vending pumps in French supermarkets. All customers need is a container.
Reaching back to a time when wine was sold in exactly the same fashion – that is, out of huge casks from which customers drew their desired quantity into their own containers for transport – the wine pumps achieve two separate goals that are often at odds with one another by providing at inexpensive product that also has a decreased carbon footprint. The wine goes for something like $2 a liter and, because it cuts down on costly packaging materials as well as packaging mass, it's greener to transport as well.
The machines are currently installed in eight supermarkets in France, but Dr. Vino seems to think the scheme will come stateside within a year. Which is great, from an eco-lifestyle standpoint. If the more – how do the French say? – prétentieux, glass-swirling, Whole Foods-patronizing wine snobs among us will apply a bring-your-own-container mindset to something as precious as our Viogniers and Pinot Noirs, it might just catch on with other packaging-intensive staples as well (Milk? Eggs? Those individually wrapped yogurt snacks?). Such a return to the commercial mores of a century ago could do a lot to reduce carbon footprints, and costs, across the board.
so now you have to power this thing and keep it cool and clean it. Wine bottles require a little bleach water to clean and can stay on a shelf for years before problems occur.
Wonder how much energy is offset..
they should add a "nitrogen" slot so you can fill your bottle, have it vacuumed down to .5 atmosphere and add nitrogen then cap it so your bottle will last as long as it used to.. :-)
Instead of buying the wine then waiting until you want to drink it, perhaps you can wait until you get the urge to drink some wine then buy it. No more wine-sitting-on-the-shelf problem.
"they should add a "nitrogen" slot so you can fill your bottle, have it vacuumed down to .5 atmosphere and add nitrogen then cap it so your bottle will last as long as it used to.. :-)"
I'm not sure the folks buying wine at $2 a liter are really all that concerned with keeping their vintage stored for long periods of time.
MuNcHiEs1122 Ah, but the best part is aging. But then again, this wine probably is shelf worthy. Just fill, chug, enjoy :D
This is not new at all... This system is available since many years now in liquor stores in province of Quebec, canda. Maybe French just copied what we do here !
Quebec is mostly French.
Wow, okay, so it's boxed wine for which you now bring your own box? Why is anyone comparing this to bottles, or real wine for that matter?
ocmclean, sure but i dont think he was referring to the language we speak but to the nationality lol,quebec has as much in common with France as the US has with the U.K. and mudmax, where are those available, I've never seen any of those in Quebec...
bag box bottle.. remote viewing: i see a woman, she pulled the bag out of her box of riunite, stuffed it in her purse and is refilling at the pump so she can drink on the go.
this is a monumental step for winos. now you can cheaply and easily fill up your 'camelbak' and drink anywhere. on a bike, in a box, in the police station.. gotta love them camelbaks
Screw the bottle! I think people will fill 5 gallon water cooler jugs in the U.S. I predict Sam's Choice Wine! Classy!
Screw the bottle! I think people will fill 5 gallon water coolers in the U.S. Classy!
This idea may seem highly appealing in theory, but in all actuality, would never be able to come to the U.S. First and foremost, wine kiosks invite too many controversies in a country that is already having issues with underage drinking. It allows for easy access for concealing alcohol and there is no method for checking IDs. Furthermore, this has only been debuted in a total of eight supermarkets in France, putting into question whether or not this would even work on a large scale. Yes, wine kiosks are a great idea in terms of reusing containers and going green, but there are just too many other moral and ethical issues that come along with them and make them impractical for the U.S.
mwa3c, wine does not have to chilled. You just want to keep it from contacting 'air' while it is being stored.
I've seen (and bought) wine that is stored is a plastic sack and the shelf life once you open it is quite long since air does not come in contact with the wine.
I think this is a great idea and I look forward to using it in the Netherlands. As it is now, all our wine bottles are recycled. It would save resources to simply bring your own container and fill it up.