Someone Please Explain Why We Don’t Have Stores Here With Champagne Vending Machines

All the vending machines I’ve encountered in these United States are boring — the usual soda, bottled water, candy, gum or at airports, iPods and ear buds. Yawn. Boring. Not one of our vending machines (that I know of) dispenses the bubbly stuff. Yeah, you read that right. There’s a vending machine in the U.K. that delivers Moët & Chandon Champagne.

See?

This machine delivers dreams.

This machine delivers dreams.

The thing I’m having a hard time with is the fact that we don’t have these, here, where I am always willing to tipple a bit of the sparkly stuff but as of yet, have not encountered such an easy means of doing so.

For those inclined to sip the fancy wine, it’s easy enough to walk up to the Selfridges department store on London’s Oxford street. Each 200ml bottle costs £17.99 or about $29 U.S. dollars.

Once the golden arm delicately lifts its cargo and delivers it to your eager hands, you’ll see that the bottles are wrapped in gold and covered in 350 art-deco inspired Swarovski crystals.

It’s unclear whether this is just a seasonal thing, as it’s part of the store’s “Destination Christmas” area, but what is clear is that this is not within four miles of me. Which is about the max I’ll go for something.

The company touted this new installation earlier this month on Twitter but this seems to be the time for everyone to get excited/jealous about it (H/T to GrubStreet). ‘Tis the season, and all that.

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  1. CommonC3nts says:

    That have that in Washington. I thought I saw it on Modern Marvels on history.
    Each vending machine has a web cam interface. When you purchase you have to scan you ID and the person via webcam checks your ID and your face on the webcam to make sure your ID matches your face. Then you can buy it from the vending machine.

    Oh wait, here is a consumerist story on wine vending machines in the US from 2010:

    http://consumerist.com/2010/07/get-your-wine-from-a-vending-machine-in-pennsylvania.html

    • SpeakBob says:

      When I just read this, that is the same thing I was thinking of. We had them in PA since the State controls our wine & spirits, but they failed miserably and were removed from all stores.