It’s true! It’s finally happened and after years of talks about how only the son of God can do it, now you can too. That’s right, I’m talking about turning water into wine. There’s no cellar, oak barrels or steel fermenting tanks required. For the low low price of just $499 the perfectly titled Miracle Machine accelerates the wine making process by adding a packet of premixed ingredients in order to create any style of wine you could possibly want in just three days. Just add water, download the phone app that goes with it and follow fermentation instructions there.
The product was created by Kevin Boyer and Philip James. The two, a Napa Valley sommelier and a wine website entrepreneur respectively, are claiming that with their new product you’ll be able to create a bottle of wine that would normally cost you upwards of $20 in for just a few dollars.
As of right now they have six styles of grapes that will be available for purchase including favorites such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Within the next three months they’re hoping to add five to 10 more styles. Oh, but what about wines that have spent time in oak, there’s no way they’re going to be able to capture that flavor…you’re mistaken. There’s even a packet for that called their ‘finishing powder’. With this it can seem like your wine has been aging for as much as a year all within a matter of days!
But how does this work you ask? Well, unfortunately exactly how it works is being kept a secret (for obvious reasons). But we did find out that the chamber uses electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps in order to control the inner environment for the two distinct fermentation stages.
If you’re looking to get even more scientific, a digital refractometer (whatever that is) measures the sugar content of the liquid during fermentation. A custom-designed ceramic air-diffuser then pumps filtered air under a regulated micro-oxygenated environment and aerates the wine to soften the tannins. All the while an ultrasonic transducer resonates under the chamber which is meant to speed up flavor development somehow.
One of the coolest parts of this whole thing is that it’s entirely controlled from your smartphone. How great is that?! No need to wait and wonder what’s happening as you can set up push notifications to know exactly what’s going on.
The only major downside to this product is that because it’s not produced under inert gas like a typical bottle of wine it will only keep for several weeks (which I would imagine for someone who invests in this little jewel won’t be a problem). The other downside is that as this is a Kickstarter project it still lacks the major funding needed in order to put into full on production.