Single-serving wine glasses hopefully U.S.-bound

I may be a wine snob, but I'm a wine snob on the go, so I want these sooner rather than later.

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Wine Innovations

I'm an American bachelor. That means I occasionally eat or drink things in single servings. Soda, bachelor-chow-like microwave dinners, and cans of tasty, refreshing Pabst Blue Ribbon. And now, thanks to a plucky Brit who wouldn't take no for an answer, we in the U.S. might be getting single-serving wines.

The product is pretty simple, and therein lies the genius. The wine, currently M&S Le Froglet out of London's Mark and Spenser stores, comes in a single-serving plastic wine glass with a removable top similar to what one would find on the top of a yogurt container. It's peeled off and the fresh wine is consumed.

We know. Single-serving wine isn't exactly new. But drinking it from a classical glass instead of from a small bottle goes a long way toward keeping one from looking like they're about to hop a freight train to Missoula.

The glasses are reusable and disposable, but we're not sure they're recyclable, which they might need to be in order to catch on Stateside. But they're still a great idea, and fairly affordable. A glass costs about $3.35 (2.25 British pounds) for about 6.5 ounces.

A roughly 25-ounce bottle of the same wine costs about $6.75, so you're still better off by the bottle. But if you're on the go, this would be a great way to unwind quickly. Or, more likely in the U.S., the glasses will appeal to wine lovers who also attend sporting events. Fans in Seattle, where I live, can be a little more discerning than other sports fans, and I suspect these would be a hit at a Mariners game or Sounders match.

What's really great is the inventor, James Nash, took his invention to a show on BBC called the Dragon's Den. The show listens to pitches for new inventions and awards funding to inventors it feels show promise. Nash, they felt, had a silly idea and was dismissed. But now his product is selling strongly in the U.K. already, and we can't wait to sample it here.