Have you ever had to pour out a bottle of wine because you had a glass and then didn’t get back around to finishing the bottle before it went bad? You are not alone, according to Albicchiere the US pours $1.27 Billion of wine down the drain a year! However, Albicchiere a countertop wine gadget is here to help solve this problem.
Nicknamed “Albi” the device is a small gadget that will not only chill the wine to the proper temperature but also dispense and maintain the quality of the wine for up to 6 months thanks to their technology. You can choose between loading in your own bottled wine into their special smart bags that are empty or pre-filled bags you get through Albi directly.
The device itself has a built-in screen that provides details about the wine, like characteristics and location as well as tracking if it is going bad or running low. It can also be connected to your smart home devices like Google Home or Amazon Alexa if you really wanted to be fancy and have it pour you a glass on command. You can even set parental control features to lock the wine dispenser from its companion app on your phone so that children can’t use it when you’re not around. The app also lets you browse a selection of wines and make purchases for new wine, see recommendations, as well as set the temperature of the wine. Albi is even portable, so you can take it with you if you wanted to move it to another room, maybe by the couch for some wine and a movie, perhaps outdoors for that picnic, or trip to a winery where you’re sitting outside but don’t want the wine to get hot.
Beyond all the cool features and technology behind it Albi also aims to help with sustainability. The smart bags make it easier to ship wine and reduce transport costs (carbon footprints). They’ve already signed up 200 wineries to sell in Smart Bags. The bags themselves can be reused and are created with BPA free packaging. So now you can have a glass of wine and feel better about helping the environment too.
Albi debuted ad the Consumer Electronics Show this year and already has sold out of their initial offering on kickstarter at $249. It may seem a little pricey but for similar gadgets it is actually not bad and this one boasts better abilities. They still have some early bird specials and has an estimated ship date of October of this year (at the time of writing). This is a really cool concept and hopefully it lives up to the hype. What do you think? Would you benefit from one of these?