Bulk wine dispensers in France

Carrot vending machines are pretty nice. Wine vending machines are even nicer. And the nicest of all is the machine that lets green-minded winos buy their Bordeaux blends in bulk. Just BYOB — bring your own bottle — and fill ‘er up for about $2/liter.

Yes, you may soon be able to guzzle down all of the planetary benefits of buying in bulk from pump-your-own tanks of wine in grocery stores. Waste not, wine a lot, no?

Started at eight grocery stores across France, rumor has it that these tanked tanks may be jumping the pond over to some U.S. supermarkets in the next year. For those who are visual learners (aka don’t parlez-vous francais), see step-by-step photos of the brilliantly simple process. And if the French customers imbibing this re-innovation don’t look down their noses at the unbottled joys of bulk wine, why can’t we?

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Those clever Europeans — always coming up with innovations to drink as much as they want with as little packaging as possible. They’ve even carried it as far as public water fountains that bubble up sparkling water.

Personally, I’m waiting for the kind of fountain that serves a good Syrah.

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