Winebits 510: Pet cocktails, cheap wine, wine vending machines

pet cocktailsThis week’s wine news: Who needs wine when there are pet cocktails? Plus a best cheap wine list and another wine vending machine plan

Belly up to the bar: One more challenge for a wine business already under fire – Pet Winery, which offers mock-adult beverages for cats and dogs, reports Supermarket News. The drinks, such as the Cat-Tini, Purrgundy “wine,” and Barkbrew Ale for dogs, come in bottles shaped like the corresponding human beverages. And the prices are certainly premiumized – an eight-ounce bottle of the dog “beer” is $11.50; a five-ounce bottle of Purrgundy is $9.99; and the eight-ounce Cat-Tini is $14.95.

100 wines under $15: The Wine Enthusiast has released its annual list of the top 100 wines costing $15 or less, and two of the biggest surprises are the No. 2 wine, Big Wine’s Woodbridge pinot noir, from Constellation Brands, and the Vin Vault cabernet sauvignon box at No. 7 from E&J Gallo. Much of the rest of the list, sadly, is a lot of wines with limited distribution (from Bulgaria, Greece, Israel, New York state) and prices that aren’t $15 or less in the middle of the country. But several Hall of Fame standbys are there, including Bogle, Dry Creek, and Yalumba.

Not again? A Florida startup wants to put “micro marts” in condo communities in several locations throughout the state, selling sandwiches, snacks, and alcohol. In other words, wine vending machines. The Florida Politics website reports that the company has come up with a convoluted plan to check IDs that includes scanning fingerprints from a data base of approved uses. Plus, condo residents would have to go through “checkpoints” to get to the machines, including building security. How much fun does that sound?