Wine is as ancient as the Bible. Early in humanity's history, someone figured out that letting fruit spoil and ferment improved it exponentially. In a few thousand years, little has changed, really. The best wine is low-tech — wooden barrels, glass bottles stopped with corks. Quality is subjective, perceived with nose and tongue. Wine, for all its haute elegance, is truly a pleasure best enjoyed simply. Then again, a little technology could be a good thing. N2 proves that. The walls are lined with Enomatic machines from Italy. You give your credit card to the bartender, who gives you a swipe card. At each machine, you put in your card and choose a one-, three-, or five-ounce pour from one of 64 wines, thus tasting many different wines in an evening. Some of the bottles are expensive — not something the average wine novice would be able to afford. Behind the bar is another changing selection of wine that can be served in five-ounce glasses or in flights, and any of the bottles available for tasting can also be purchased in the retail section for carryout. There are also beers and ciders, as well as charcuterie plates, salads, and a selection of flatbreads including Caprese, Four Cheese, and the Pineapple Grove, topped with artichokes hearts, grilled chicken, pineapple, and Brie cheese. If you've been looking for a cost-effective way to learn about and sample wines, technology has finally made that possible.
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