Want to be a winemaker? With the new Miracle Machine, it's easier than you think.
There's no need to buy a winery. All you need are a few ingredients, the soon-to-launch Miracle Machine smartphone app and the Miracle Machine. It's a tabletop device that turns grape concentrate, yeast and a couple other ingredients into wine.
To make the wine, add a pre-packaged kit of ingredients to the machine. Each kit corresponds to a type of wine. Then plug into the app which type of wine you'd like to make.
You'll be able to choose from six wine types that include full-bodied Cabertnet Sauvignon, rich Chardonnay from Napa Valley, cool-climate Pinot Noir from Oregon, aged Tuscan blend from Italy, Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma and a delicate red and white from Burgundy.
The company plans to add five to 10 more varieties over the next three months.
Using wi-fi connector Bluetooth, sync your machine to the app and the Miracle Machine's fermentation chamber gets to work making the wine. It uses electric sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps to create a controlled environment for the first and second fermentation stages.
The refractometer measures the sugar content, a ceramic air-diffuser pumps filtered air to aerate the wine and soften the tannins, and the transducer is used to speed up the wine's flavor development.
Wine industry veterans Kevin Boyer (Boyanci Napa Valley winery) and Philip James (Customvine, Lot18) have created a soon-to-launch Kickstarter campaign to fund the machines. They consulted friends in Silicon Valley on how to accelerate the wine-making process, then explored how to create the flavors of coveted vintages.
The Miracle Machine will cost $499. James and Boyer plan to sell the wine ingredient kits through their website and on Amazon. The two also plan to launch a $10 monthly wine club to supply members enough kits to make a couple bottles a month.
Want more quirky wino news? Follow me on Twitter: @Jenn_Harris_