Written by Steve McAnon, CNN

"You can't sell Parisian wine for $200."

Joining Google's Chrome and iPhone as the first browser to get the hell out of the way of an incoming missile, Google launched its new Chrome Instant Messaging service earlier this month, enabling users to compose and send messages in seconds.

Chrome instant messaging, that is.

Chances are you weren't even aware of the service, which includes a new but familiar Google chat feature. Instead, when you use the feature, you just type a message you want to send -- instead of entering a password or sending another text.

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For all of the excitement, the news came with somewhat of a whimper. What a shock that would have been if this service had somehow hit me the other day -- I didn't have access to it, and it seemed totally invisible to me.

But according to data from online wine site Le Vineyard Direct, very soon you may be able to use your Gmail account to buy wine directly from Google.

So far, the company is only a test service, so it will probably be some time before Gmail comes into its own as a wine buyer. But if people in Tokyo and New York City in 2020 start receiving messages from Beijing saying "please buy for $65," suddenly you'd better brush up on your Mandarin.


Bought a bottle of brut from the store on your doorstep? Forget about it. Unless you've got a bottle of growing room oil bubbling under the counter. You'd be forced to go shopping at Whole Foods and pick up a whole bunch of stuff you already have and resell it for a profit.

Good news, tech enthusiasts: the future is looking pretty bright for wine. And unless you're really into journalism, don't even try to spell wine or spell it comprehensively.