SodaStream Now Lets You Make Your Own Sparkling Wine

It’s no Champagne… Or is it?

By Ethan L. Johns
November 28, 2017

Image: SodaStream

Producing sparkling wine requires grapes, land to grow them on, expensive equipment and a whole lotta patience. Until now, that is?

SodaStream not only hawks machines that let you carbonate your own water (the best things since sliced bread), they sell flavor concentrates for making soda, allowing you to keep your bubbly beverage dollars out of the pockets of the big soda companies. On Monday, the company released its latest, fizziest product yet: “Sparkling Gold,” an alcoholic concentrate with Riesling flavor.

Available in Germany, Sparkling Gold syrup comes in a 200 milliliter gold glass bottle, which is decorated to look like a fancy bottle of sparkling wine, foil and all. When used as directed, glasses of the bubbly wine-flavored stuff should come in at around 10 percent alcohol by volume. Each bottle can make about 12 glasses.

It’s definitely not real wine, but according to a teeny tiny survey done by the company, women seem to like the stuff. In a press release, the company claimed that 76 percent of the participating women rated the product as very good or good, as opposed to 56 percent for Moet & Chandon or 67 percent for Veuve Clicquot.

Winemaking is now as easy as adding syrup to soda. Sound like cheating to you? Hey, there’s a place for everything in this world.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns