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FrenchWINESome French supermarkets now house 500 and 1,000 liter tanks of wine and customers can fill up their own reusable bottles for about $2 per liter. The concept hearkens back to a bygone era when wine would arrive in Paris shops in barrel and consumers would bring their own flagons to fill. Founder Astrid Terzian says she started this scheme to fill a niche –  environmental awareness and the economy. The elimination of packaging mass means that the wine can be shipped much more efficiently from a cost and carbon perspective.

Regulations permitting, it’s possible that these wine filling stations could soon make their way to U.S. supermarkets. But not a chance in Canada.

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3 Comments to French Filling Stations

  1. Joe phillips

    Isn’t there something like this in Quebec? I seem to remember friends from Montreal driving out to a sort of wine depot to fill up their own bottles.

  2. Howard

    Actually, for a few years at least they offered this at LCBO store 1 (Weston Rd/401) in Toronto, trying to beat the Brew Your Own shops…. But they ended it. I guess it wasnt profitable enough.

  3. Gabe

    Actually this sort of wine filling station is ongoing in Nova Scotia Liquor stores (at least in Hfx.) and the prices are quite reasonable; don’t know if the quality is good or where the wine comes from.

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