VinUnoYesterday your second language needed to be Danish, today English alone will suffice as Danish designer Lars Erdmann relaunches his website. promotes his stainless steel and laquered wood box, designed to conceal 3-litre wineboxes.

Thirty-nine year-old Lars – an engineering graduate of Denmark’s Technical University and Nottingham’s Trent University – came up with VinUno after deciding wineboxes “look messy because of the all their different sizes and colours.”  He then designed a way of hiding the scruffy cardboard outer as well as “improving the impression of the wine”.

VinUno insideLike many Scandinavians, Lars and his wife Lone drink winebox wine everyday. Danes have taken to them in a big way – about 25 per cent of all wine bought in Denmark is ‘bag-in-box’ wine. The figure is higher in Sweden and Norway where about 50 per cent of wine is bought this way.

Lars is selling his black laquered or white VinUnos through his website for 106 Euros (£71). An international secure credit card payment system is promised within two weeks. The classier looking red laquer design doesn’t seem to be available at the moment. Perhaps because the last red VinUno is being sent to me. Results of its rigorous testing will be posted here as soon as our striking British postal service delivers the VinUno.

champagneSpeculation on a change of champagne sponsor after yesterday's French Grand Prix were premature according to Olivia Arnold, Marketing Assistant for Mumm champagne. The 'odd looking bottles of champagne' I spotted being handed to Kimi Räikkönen, Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton were a result of French Law.

choc cakeLet’s drink to polyphenols, and eat to them too. You can read about the benefits of polyphenols found in red wine in my column on But some foods contain these chemicals too. If you want to have a go at making a polyphenol-rich chocolate, walnut, cinnamon and fruit-laced sponge cake, then try this Gary Rhodes recipe I’ve adapted.

Dan GurneyLast weeks Le Mans heralded a motorsport tradition turning forty. Standing on the victory podium in 1967, Dan Gurney decided to spray his winner's bottle of champagne rather than drink it. This was something nobody had done before and it quickly became popular with other winners. But before spraying can begin the bottle must be opened. Archive pictures show driving for twenty-four hours did nothing for Dan's champagne opening abilities.