Unless you’re a sommelier, pouring wine can be a bit of a risky proposition. Will you achieve the perfect twist so it doesn’t stream down the side of the bottle, or will you end up getting red wine all over the table?
Don’t worry, you're not the problem—the bottle is. A Brandeis University scientist has created a better wine bottle that never drips, as Gizmodo reports.
For three years, Daniel Perlman, the biophysicist behind inventions like coffee flour, has been studying how wine pours out of a bottle. In other words, he's been watching a lot of slo-mo videos of people pouring vino. He wanted to create a beautiful utopia devoid of wine spills, but without creating an extra device people had to attach to their bottles. So he reinvented the wine bottle.
"I wanted to change the wine bottle itself," Perlman explains in a Brandeis press release. "I didn't want there to be the additional cost or inconvenience of buying an accessory."
Glass is hydrophilic—meaning it attracts water—which is why wine tends to curl back toward the bottle rather than pouring straight out. Perlman created a groove just under the lip of the bottle that stops that back-curl of wine from spilling down the side. Instead, it falls into the glass with the rest of the pour.
Perlman is in talks with bottle manufacturers to adopt the technology, but considering the fact that current designs haven’t really changed since the early 19th century, the industry—and its vessels—probably won’t transform overnight. Vintners, please take note of the difference: