Forget forking out for that overpriced bar-fridge piccolo, your next hotel room might come set to serve you a glass of wine on demand thanks to this in-room gadget.
Simply called ‘Plum’, the contraption is described as an 'at home wine preservation' system. Which suggests that some people, apparently, have problems with their wine going off before they finish it.
Despite Plum’s domestic intention, creator David Koretz told Australian Business Traveller that it soon became clear that it made much more sense in a hotel room than a kitchen. Also because it costs around $2000 US. Ouch!
"I initially created Plum to solve my own problem – I wanted the perfect glass of wine at a touch when I got home. But I quickly realized that the hotel guest experience was far worse.”
Designed with help from Google, Amazon and Motorola, Plum uses a motorised needle to pierce the cork or screw cap of any bottle and then injects argon gas into the wine to preserve it.
Then, via the touch screen, Plum can tell you all about the wine and dispense a serving at the perfect temperature. The Plum machine is able to hold any two open bottles of wine at a time, and claims to preserve an ‘open’ bottle of wine for up to 90 days.
Four Seasons in Silicon Valley was the first hotel to install Plums in their guests rooms, and Koretz is expecting more to take up the call as hotels strive to personalise their guests’ experiences.
Next time you travel, keep your eyes peeled for a Plum in your room. The only design flaw is that the exceptionally minimalist machine can be confused for an air purifier!
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza