Aussie vintner uncorks a bottle-cup combo

Handout photo shows plastic wine bottle and attached cup, which holds one glass of wine
The Hardy Wine Company's new all-in-one wine bottle and cup lets you keep drinking without ever having to worry about were you last left your glass.Hardy Wine Company / Reuters / Reuters
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Wine connoisseurs have long had a reputation of being a bit snooty. But apparently many of them are also incredibly lazy, as an Australian winemaker has developed a single-serving bottle that comes with its own glass.

The all-in-one plastic wine bottle and cup has been produced by Australia's Hardy Wine Company, the country's largest vintner.

The “Shuttle” bottle, which holds one glass of wine, has a detachable plastic container at the top.

“It's portable, (and) it means you only need to buy one product to enjoy a glass of wine,” Miriam Leenders, Hardy's global marketing manager, told Reuters.

She said the Shuttle would be perfect for outdoor events where glass is not permitted for safety reasons.

If they would also just affix some cheese and crackers, we'd have that whole picnic-date thing covered.

Not-so-bad ideas

  • Here's something to spice up your holiday tree decorating this year: “Pornaments.”

We kid you not.Novelty retailer Spencer Gifts is selling a line of risqué Christmas ornaments that — surprise — has outraged at least one church group in Florida, the All Headline News Web site reports.The naughty knickknacks depict characters such as reindeer and snowmen in a variety of sexual positions.A Jacksonville, Fla. store was recently picketed with protesters reportedly chanting, “We want to save our generation from Pornaments.”Hillcrest Baptist Church Rev. Jim Patterson was quoted as saying, It is just sad they have to stoop to this kind of thing to defame Christmas. It says we are nothing more than sexual acts. . . . We are much more than that. We are spiritual beings and this is a spiritual holiday. It makes no sense to me.”Unfortunately reverend, this is probably just the beginning. Soon we will all most likely be singing along to “Have Yourself a Kinky Little Christmas.”

  • After you've hung your Pornaments with care, next it's time to enjoy that sumptuous holiday meal. And for those unlucky not to have anyone to share the festive occasion with, a Dutch art company has produced a DVD so lonely people don't have to eat Christmas dinner alone.

The DVD features dining companions eating, drinking and making conversation, reports the Ananova Web portal.It features six actors reading different scripts, so people can pick their choice of company.The producers, the Tilburgs CowBoys and Theater NWE Vorst, said they hoped it would ease the loneliness of single people without families at Christmas.Chris Gribling, one of the producers, said: “The client can watch the DVD while sitting and eating in front of the television.“The actors can offer him or her a romantic evening, or even a good discussion. We have a good variety in the choice of our table companions.”And best of all, if your virtual friend starts to bore you, the mute button provides you instant peace on Earth.