Friday, November 17, 2006

A Euro-Style Boxed Wine Dispenser

Here's that dispenser mentioned in the Cool Hunting item I posted earlier today. It comes from (Netherlands):

Wine "bag in box" Dispenser

Design: Patrik Svanberg

Bag-in-box Wine dispenser - Tired of the less good looking wine dispenser and want a smooth looking alternative? Wine dispenser made in metal and available in white red or black.

Buy a carton of wine (most of the time 3 litres) and remove the carton and put the winebag in the wine dispenser. It looks nice and is very handy.

Size: W 103 mm, H 345 mm, D 180 mm

Available in: Black, Red and White colour.

It sells for 39 euros, plus another 24 for shipping. The only functional advantage I can see is that it lifts the valve up so that the glass can be positioned underneath; the box needn't be perched on the edge of a table or counter. Whether it is more attractive than the cardboard box may be a matter of taste. The dispenser certainly does not disguise the fact that the wine came from a box; it only makes it anonymous.

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The Basic Black Box and Some Accessories

From Letizia Rossi, November 16, 2006, the Cool Hunting blog takes note of the boxed wine trend.

Boxed Wine
The fastest growing sector of the American wine market, boxed wine is starting to shake off its stigma as the gauche alternative to bottles. Wines that actually taste good can now be found in ecologically-sound, well-designed packaging without sacrificing quality. Here are a few of the better boxed wines featuring latest packaging innovations and some accessories to go with them.

Black Box
Black Box Wines feature grapes from renowned California growing regions. Unlike bottle stoppers that don't do much to stop oxidation, the spigot design prevents air from contacting wine until its poured, keeping it fresh for almost a month. Three-liter boxes (more than triple the volume of a bottle) sell for $18 and a couple varietals are available from BevMo.

Bag-in-box Wine Dispenser
A perfect fit with the Black Box three-liter bags, the Bag-in-box Wine Dispenser conceals your secret with its sleek design available in black, white and red. Designed by Swedish designer Patrik Svanberg, the Bag-in-box Wine Dispenser's European heritage is no surprise—boxed wine has long been popular on the continent. Available online for €40.

Cool Hunting: Boxed Wine

There's lots more in the way of accessories. I'm particularly curious about the bag-in-box wine dispenser, and will look at that further later on.

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