In the olden days, attempting to communicate with a bottle of alcohol was regarded as the act of a foolish drunkard.
But this is 2016 and now getting advice from a bottle of booze seems like a reasonable idea — at least in the opinion of an investment firm that backed Kayak, Airbnb and Snapchat.
The oenophile’s answers to the Keurig, the Kuvée Smart Bottle dispenses wine from resealable canisters that maintain freshness for 30 days and can easily be swapped out for a different vintage.
After raising more than $6 million from backers (including the mentioned General Catalyst), a Boston-based tech company is preparing to ship the advice-dispensing wine vessel to customers in California and Massachusetts by October, with most of the rest of the country to follow by early 2017.
The Wi-Fi-enabled device features a touchscreen that allows drinkers to input their flavor preferences so they can get tips about food-pairing options and their overall taste profile, as well as order more wine.
Whether you like sea bass and Sauvignon Blanc or liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti, Kuvée's system will eventually offer a Netflix-esque recommendation engine to suggest similar options.
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We got a hot tip about a promotion that will net you a Kuvée, a $100 voucher for four wines selected by the company’s founder and a $20 voucher towards future wine purchases for $199.