Wine Globes Swap Tastings for Keggers

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The screwtop has already challenged the tradition and snobbery behind the cork. But are you ready to order wine from a dispenser?


N2Wine, makers of 'wine globes' believe that yes, yes you are ready to buy wines distributed from big vats. They argue that the aging process is overrated and that 90% of wines are as good when bottled as they'll ever be. (Sommeliers in the audience are welcome to affirm or refute that point in the comments while we move on.)

Wine globes are glass containers capable of holding 33 or 70 bottles of wine (depending on the size) that are specifically designed to thwart oxidization, the chemical reaction that ages wine, by preventing any air from entering the system. Instead, the globes vino-filled spheres constantly topped off by "food-grade" nitrogen when liquid levels deplete, essentially freezing wine's flavor in time.

The wine is also under constant water-cooled temperature regulation so that it's served perfectly every time and, obviously, the system can offer more wines by the glass than most restaurants currently offer. A $20,000 wine globe system holds 24 varietals of wine—or 168 bottles in all—putting each wine globe at about a $1000 price but eliminating the need for a cellar.

So would you order wine from a spigot? If the science is legit and the quality control is high, I'd try it out. [N2Wine via gizmag]



While not a sommelier by any stretch of the imagination, I'd consider myself very educated on wine and the process of making it, (an expert on tasting it however) and while some wines will gain minimal flavor or depth when aged, a majority of them do.

Red wines in particular, and this aging in most cases distinguishes "alcoholic grape juice" from excellent bottles of wine. The aging provides depth of flavor enhances the nose (smell) and finish of a wine.

*now back to Demigod*