Williams Sonoma just added an item to its website that any wine aficionado would die for, but you’ll have to shell out a pretty penny for it. Plum, a genius wine-on-demand appliance, lets you drink a perfectly-chilled glass of wine any time you want, from the comfort of your own home.
The $1,500 appliance sounds like a science experiment in the way it works. The machine fits two bottles of wine, each of which are placed into the machine at a 55° angle. A motorized needle pieces the foil and cork without removing the closure, pressurizing the bottle with argon gas. This keeps oxygen out and preserves the bottle of wine for as long as it takes you to finish it. It works regardless of the bottle type … you can put a natural, artificial, or engineered cork in there, or even a bottle with a metal screw cap (although that seems slightly blasphemous).
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The machine also has an internal computer which stores data on more than six million wines. Using this and a camera, the label of each bottle of wine shows up on the front of the Plum. Since the Plum connects to WiFi, you can keep track of your wine history and look at what other friends and winemakers are drinking too. The data is also used to chill each bottle to its optimal serving temperature.
The machine lets you customize your drink size, too. With a few clicks, you can decide how much you want, from a tasting to a glass, and the exact amount will be dispensed. The appliance, which Williams Sonoma called “perhaps the most sophisticated household appliance ever made,” is available now for purchase on the store’s website, and will be sold in select Williams Sonoma retail stores in early 2018.
BUY IT HERE: Williams Sonoma. $1,499
The downside to this machine (aside from its cost) is that it only holds two standard, 750ml bottles of wine. While it’s pretty cool each bottle can last up to 90 days, who the heck takes three months to finish a bottle of wine? Maybe the same people who can afford a $1,500 wine appliance, but still.
For a low-cost hack to this tool, buy single-serving glasses of wine (like Stack Wine or Union Wine Co.’s canned wine), and a single-serve wine aerator. It probably won’t taste quite as good as a Plum glass of wine, but for a fraction of the cost, you can still feel kinda fancy putting some effort into your glass of vino.
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