Do you ever wish you had a personal sommelier, someone who knows your palate, orders wine for you and pours the perfect glass every single time? If that sounds like a dream come true, meet Somm by Synek, the invention you’ve been waiting for.
Somm is being funded by a Kickstarter campaign, which reached its $100,000 goal less than 15 hours after its launch. It follows in the footsteps of the original Synek, a dispenser for beer, the first alcoholic gizmo created by founder Steve Young.
Somm promises to let you “enjoy a whole new wine experience” thanks to its automatic temperature and aeration adjustments, an app with built-in wine recommendations that learn your palate, and smart “Sylos” that keep three bottles’ worth of wine fresh until you drink it. There will be 30 wine blends available at launch, sourced from more than 250 wineries (which Synek has declined to name). The Sylo containers are recyclable, and there will be options for amateur winemakers to fill their own Sylos of homemade wine.
You insert a Sylo into Somm, wait for the calculations and then pour. Your wine will be at the perfect temperature with just the right amount of aeration. To add to the experience, users can connect Somm with their smartphones to take surveys to find new wines, purchase more Sylos and see how much wine is left in Somm. The device comes in three finishes—stainless steel, beechwood and dark oak—to blend in seamlessly with many kitchen styles.
According to the Kickstarter page, Somm hopes to launch in 2016 and will retail for $299. However, if you pledge $199 or more on Kickstarter right now, it pledged to send you your own unit to enjoy in time for the holidays.