I tried the first ever "smart" Keurig for wine—and this is what I thought
This connected Keurig for wine is the smart home wine bar you never knew you wanted.
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The D-Vine is like a Keurig, but for wine. It exists. And not just in your wildest dreams, but in real life. The future is here.
When I first saw the D-Vine online, I was excited. A fancy wine maker that will pour a glass for me! It would look so good on my kitchen counter! My friends would be so impressed! I need one, and I need it now!
Then, at CES, I saw it in all its glory – the famous "wine Keurig" that the Internet swooned over for weeks. Naturally, I walked right over to the wine dispenser, excited to finally try it out. Here’s everything I learned.
So, what exactly is a "Wine Keurig?"
10-vins revealed a “connected” version of the D-Vine at this year’s CES, fully equipped with a touchscreen that basically makes your home a winery. A tablet acts as your very own bartender and helps you choose what wine to drink based on your taste and what meal you’re enjoying the glass with.
For some reason, when I first heard the term “wine Keurig” I pictured a K-cup of grapes that I would place into a machine to get crushed and turned into wine. Alas, D-Vine connect does not actually make wine. It just makes wine taste better. The machine has features that set and fix the right temperature for wine, automatically pouring perfectly decanted glasses in less than a minute.
Does it… work?
Instead of a K-cup, you put a tube of wine into the machine. Naturally, I chose to try a tube of white wine, and had a sip both before and after it was aerated and chilled. The difference was apparent.
Before, not only was the wine warm, but it was stronger and left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth. After, the wine went down smooth and the only aftertaste left in my mouth was a thirst for more.
For "diligence" I tried a third glass, this time chilled. It tasted just as smooth as the wine I had to wait a minute for, which made me wonder: Is this thing actually worth it?
Would I buy it?
The original D-Vine without the tablet costs–wait for it—approximately $900. The D-Vine Connect does not have a price yet, but we can only assume it will be well over $1,000. If I had Kardashian money, maybe I would buy this fancy machine for the novelty of telling people I had my own personal winery at home, but I do not.
Not only do you have to buy the device–you have to buy the wine tubes to go with it. The prices of the tubes range from $3 to $33. Currently, they only have French wines on the menu, but they are working with some wineries in California.
Because of the high costs associated with the D-Vine, there is no chance I would ever spend that much money on a device that chills wine and makes it taste slightly better. I would prefer to buy a nice bottle instead. Sure, it’s cool the D-Vine pours the glass for you, but honestly I’m not that lazy.
No matter what, the idea of a Keurig for wine is still cool. Here’s to hoping the price will eventually drop.