Over at Eater.com, they're terribly impressed by this new(ish) invention by Englishman (and, we're guessing, problem drinker) James Nash. In case you can't figure it out from the picture, they're plastic, single-serving wine glasses with tear-off lids. And in case you're not up on your BBC reality show history, they were the idea of a former contestant on Dragons' Den (like Shark Tank with a British accent, where inventors go to show off their harebrained contraptions to a panel of business people and investors) who, according to Eater's reportage, was more or less laughed off the show because who in the world would ever go for wine you could drink in your car? Brilliant!
Thing is, people have been "inventing" various methods for taking your booze with you for years now. And I'm not just talking about filling a coffee thermos full of kahlua and bringing it with you to your job at the post office, either.
No, we've got Sofia (champagne in a can! That comes with its own straw!) for those who feel the need to toast things even when in church or during bail hearings.
And then there's those crazy Japanese who can find a way to make pretty much anything small and portable.
Then there are Pocket Shots, which have the power to make even the worst movie, opera or funeral suddenly a thousand times more fun.
And don't forget juice box wine--which was huge for about fifteen minutes a couple years ago, and remains so among certain crowds of stroller-slinging mommies who've learned that junior's antics are always more charming when mommy has a buzz on.
The thing that made this particular version of grab-and-go booze a story? That high-end British department store Marks & Spencer apparently can't keep these grown-up sippy cups on the shelves. They're selling like crazy-go-nuts. According to the Daily Mail article linked above, "An M&S spokesman said: 'The glasses are merchandised in our 'Food on the Move' section, which is obviously the aisle people on the go head to - particularly office workers."
Which kinda makes me wonder, what were British office workers doing for booze before they found these cups of wine? My guess...