Wine-by-the-glass subscription service Vinebox raises $5.9 million

Vinebox isn’t really trying to get you wasted though, these bottles are cute and tiny. The small startup is hoping that they can get consumers into the idea of buying premium quality wine-by-the-glass and they’ve convinced investors there’s something behind this concept as well. Co-founders Rachel Vodofsky and Matt Dukes were both corporate lawyers several years ago with a taste for good wine, but when Dukes decided to move to France and dig deeper into his burgeoning interest in wineries, the founders set off to see how they could start a consumer business with wine discovery at its heart. The Y Combinator-backed company began their mission with a quarterly and annual subscription service that set people up with new types of single-serve wine on a rolling basis (as well as a wonderful-sounding wine advent calendar) with the ultimate goal of exposing wine lovers to small-lot wineries they wouldn’t have otherwise come across. The 100ml bottles look more like something you would find in a laboratory than a liquor store. A quarterly subscription is $78 per quarter and includes 9 wine samples with $15 off purchases of full-sized bottle. A big drive of the subscription is helping mem...

South African wine lovers can now enjoy ‘just one more glass’ without fearing they’ve gone over

South African wine lovers can now enjoy ‘just one more glass’ without fearing they’ve gone over the limit, thanks to a range of de-alcoholised wine out on shelves now.  I tried it and for those looking for something that tastes like wine, but without the alcohol and kilojoules, I’d recommend giving it a go. Stellenbosch wine estate Leopard’s Leap has added what they call Natura De-alcoholised Classic Red, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsaut, to their cellars. It is still wine, but the alcohol has been extracted using pressurised heat and a spinning cone, leaving no more than 0.5% per bottle. “The wine is heated to 30 °C and pumped into the cone which has layers of discs spinning, creating a thin layer of wine. This is done under vacuum so to lower the boiling point to 30 °C which causes the alcohol to evaporate,” said Hein Koegelenberg, Leopard’s Leap CEO. You would have to drink on average 6.8 litres, or 9 bottles, of Natura per hour to reach the legal alcohol limit. FYI the legal alcohol limit for driving is less than 0.05% in your blood, which equates, in most cases, to a mere 75ml of red wine per hour with an alcohol content of 12% to 14%. The wine tastes l...