The popularization of “wine culture” among increasingly broad sectors of the population in much of the developed countries has led to the development of a multitude of accessories and service and enjoyment-related devices -corkscrew, thermometers, containers…- which help us improving our consumer experience and, incidentally, are an interesting testing ground for entrepreneurs and inventors all around the world.
This applies to the iSommelier, a “smart” decanter that accelerates the decanting process in a customized way for each wine. Developed by an innovative team of wine experts, designers and manufacturers, this unique device is produced by iFavine, a multinational group with branched companies in USA, France, Australia and China, and to complete the user experience it features online services such as iFavine winecloud, an online store and an App for smartphone and tablets, available for both iOS and Android.
The iSommelier itself has full control via your smart device, an information panel showing the name of the selected wine, the vintage and the progress of decantation, a touch panel that allows to calibrate the oxygenation process to suit your palate and save your favourite settings for later use.
It works by aerating wine with a constant flow of 90% oxygen, which significantly increases the efficiency of decanting both in time and quality. Also, it avoids exposing the wine to external agents such as dust or substances that may be present in the air, and to nitrogen and carbon dioxide.
The custom designed glass decanter infuses oxygen throughout the entire volume of wine, unlike traditional decanters, which make it only through its surface. This full oxygenation is rounds out and softens the tannins, providing a smoother mouthfeel.
Borsao Selección 2013: a red wine from Campo De Borja DO of Bodegas Borsao cellar produced with garnacha tinta and syrah from the 2013 vintage and presents an alcohol content of 14.5º.
Enira Reserva 2007: a red wine Bessa Valley made with syrah and petit Verdot of 2007.