Sep 16th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
in France is no longer just about leisurely meals in cute little Parisian cafes. Nope, these days the French are loading up on inexpensive self-service wine
, which they pump into bottled water containers from 1,000-liter wine dispensers. Sophisticated!
Five hundred of these industrial-looking machines are now in French supermarkets. And don't worry, American fellow who also wants to get sloshed on cheap vino, the self-service wine dispensers that have taken France by storm will soon be headed for these shores.
As of now, there are in fact a couple ways Americans can get their wine without talking to another human being. Some wine bars feature a machine that dispenses wine by the glass
. However, you have to drink what it pours you on the premises. (Lame.) And in Pennsylvania, a wine vending machine, which sells traditional bottles, is currently being tested
in two Giant supermarkets. Before you can get yourself a bottle, however, you have to scan your ID and then submit to an annoying breathalyzer test.
Which suggests France is still the superior nation for wine drinkers -- even if (or maybe because) the French are now guzzling the stuff out of Poland Spring bottles.