Wine Vending Machines for "America's Finest Homes"


For this blogger, much of the joy of wine relates to the rituals associated with the serving of this most precious of liquids. So when I recently came across The Skybar Wine Preservation and Optimization System I felt a tad discombobulated. I’m still (metaphorically) scratching my head as I write this post. Is this for real?!

The Skybar Wine Preservation and Optimization System is described by it’s manufacturers as “an absolute must-have for connoisseurs”. Essentially it’s a souped up vending machine consisting of three compartments, each of which can store your selected wine at the optimum temperature for each vintage.

So far so technical but here’s where the fun starts. To serve the wine you simply push a button and a spout decants the chosen wine into an awaiting glass. Oh Please.

So let’s get this straight. I’ve got a bottle of 1990 Chateau Palmer, a 2000 Puligny Montrachet & a 2001 Doisy Daene Sauternes and instead of making them the centre piece of the dining experience I’m going to hide them from my guests imprisoned (against their will) in the Skybar Wine Preservation and Optimization System.

And when my guest has an empty glass I’ll have no need for the inconvinience of reaching across the table and pouring another glass, I’ll just excuse myself from the table go to wherever in the house I’ve plugged in the blessed contraption, and pour as if from a 5litre box of Blossom sodding Hill.

Nice technology but really not necessary. At all. Yours for $1000/£735

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