A new "cup of wine" concept across the pond is a surprisingly down-market invention, but that hasn't stopped it from flying off the shelves. The product is a single-serve plastic glass of French wine with a tear-off lid -- saving wine drinkers the hassle of (gasp!) carting around an entire bottle of wine.
You stay classy, England!
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Elitist joking aside, customers are really excited about the individual glasses of Le Froglet (which come in Shiraz, Rose, and Chardonnay varieties and cost around $2.75 for a little more than 6 fluid ounces of wine). In fact, British retailer Marks & Spencer claims it can't keep up with the demand. Reviews of the quality of the wine have been less than stellar, but everyone knows taste takes a backseat to convenience these days. Here are five instances in which wine in a single-serve plastic glass may come in handy:
1. You don't want to drink a whole bottle of wine. You know those nights: You're craving red wine to go with dinner, but you don't want to waste opening a bottle for just one glass. I have one of those inexpensive wine bottle vacuum sealers ($12.95 at Amazon.com) for just this purpose, but how much more fun is it to rip off the foil on your plastic wine glass and guzzle it down?
2. You hate carrying around a corkscrew. Pretend we live in a world without screw-top wine bottles. Given how difficult it is to lug around a corkscrew, it's a mystery why it took them so long to invent these glasses.
3. On a picnic in the park. No longer will you have to endure a heavy picnic basket once you swap these plastic glasses for a whole bottle of wine. (Now, if only they would do something about those pesky laws prohibiting alcohol consumption in a public park.)
4. You're too cheap to buy your own plastic glasses. If you drink six of these single-serve wine portions, you'll have a whole set!
5. On the train on your way home from work. I always see people on the train relaxing after a long day of work with one of those 40-ounce beer cans; now wine-drinkers can join in on the fun, too!
Do you think cups of wine will catch on here?
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