Miracle ‘Water to Wine’ Machine is a (Well-Meaning) Hoax

Sorry to ruin your buzz, but the Water to Wine Miracle Machine is 'just a lump of wood'
Miracle Machine Hoax
Miracle Machine

Unfortunately, you can't turn this water into wine unless you add wine.

The $500 ‘Miracle Machine’ that recently took the internet by storm has, sadly and not that surprisingly, turned out to be a hoax.

The Miracle Machine, which allegedly turned water to wine, received media attention from an estimated 600 publications including Business Insider, TIME, and ABC News, is “just a lump of wood,” the project’s co-founders told NPR’s The Salt.

If your blood is boiling over this bogus “breakthrough,” just know that the whole hoax was in service of a charity that has brought clean water to 250,000 people in 17 countries so far. The machine’s “creators,” Philip James and Kevin Boyer teamed up with MSLGROUP, a PR company, to bring attention to Wine to Water, a non-profit organization that brings clean water to the developing world.

"If by lending our reputations, we could bring a broader reach [to Wine to Water] and save one life, we'd do it 10 times over again," Boyer told The Salt.

Last year, James, who does actually own a custom wine label-making company with Boyer, rode his motorcycle 17,000 miles to raise money for Wine to Water.

So there you have it: Water to Wine, the Miracle Machine, is utterly fake, but Wine to Water, the international clean water charity, is real. 

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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.