We are not referring to the lady in the picture above or a human sommelier of course. D-Vine, a dispenser that serves your wine with perfect aeration and temperature wants you to enjoy your wine by taking the guess work out of the picture.
Calling it a new revolution in wine technology, the team behind D-vine have created a machine that is simple to use and understated in a bid to improve the way you enjoy and interact with wine. “The idea of D-vine grew from my frustrations in getting a glass of good wine with the perfect oxygenation and temperature when I needed it”, said Thibaut Jarrousse, CEO of 10-Vins. “Our objective is pure and simple: everyone deserves a glass of perfect wine – whenever they want it,” he adds. Now, that is a statement we can all agree to.
There is a caveat, in order to achieve that perfect glass of wine in a minute, you need to order the wine from the company. That means, although the wine is perfect when served through D-Vine, it is not any wine you want. You have to order flacons, a test-tube like container that dispense 100ml of wine from their still budding wine list.
The reason is because D-Vine works with a RFID tag affixed to the flacons. When you insert a flacon into the machine, a sensor detects whether it is a red or white wine before dispensing the wine with the right temperature. The RFID tag serves another purpose. Tapping it with a NFC-enabled smart phone will give you details about the wine you are drinking, hopefully making you a wine connoisseur in no time. Although we have no problem finishing a bottle of wine, D-Vine is useful when you only want a night cap or a reward for a hard day’s work.
How D-Vine selects its wine
All wines in D-Vine’s wine list goes through tasting and selection by D-Vine’s selection committee, which includes their in-house oenologist Beatrice Dominé, who meets with winegrowers regularly. Beatrice, who is also a restaurant owner herself also gives recommendations for food pairings with the wines through D-Vine’s website. According to D-Vine, the committee is committed to source the best wines from around the world and offer it to Singaporean and other owners of the machine.
D-Vine wine list
|1||Brouilly “La Roche”||2014||Raspberry, currant, pepper||Beaujolais||Domaine des Cadoles|
|2||Côtes de bourg||2010||Full-bodied,
|Bordeaux||ChâteauLe Clos du Notaire|
|3||Bordeaux Supérieur “Cuvée Raphaël”||2010||Blackcurrant, liquorice, cedar||Bordeaux||Château de Parenchère|
|4||Médoc||2010||Raspberry, cherry||Bordeaux||Château Hourbanon|
|5||Pomerol||2013||Undergrowth, candied blackberries||Bordeaux||La Rose Figeac|
|6||St Julien Grand Cru Classé||2012||Blackcurrant,
|7||Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru “Les Perrières”||2010||Fruity||Bourgogne||Domaine Muzard|
|8||Saint Chinian “Vieilles Vignes”||2012||Liquorice, caramel||Languedoc Roussillon||Domaine Belles Courbes|
|9||Saint Nicolas de Bourgueuil “Vau Jaumier”||2012||Cherry, strawberry||Loire||Domaine de la Cotelleraie|
|10||Bandol rouge||2012||Candied citrus fruit, spices||Provence||Domaine de la Suffrène|
|11||Châteauneuf du Pape||2011||Cocoa, kirsch||Rhone||Domaine de la Graveirette|
|12||Côte Rôtie||2013||Raspberry, peppery||Rhone||Domaine Stéphane Pichat|
|13||Saint Joseph||2013||Black cherries, blueberries and peppery aromas||Rhone||Domaine Laurent Habrard|
|14||Cahors||2011||Morello cherry, bay laurel, black olive||Sud Ouest||Château du Cèdre|
|1||Gewurztraminer Grand Cru “Kessler” Vendanges Tardives||2011||Lychees, ripe pears and
|2||Riesling Grand Cru “Saering”||2011||Mineral and lemony||Alsace||Domaine Dirler-Cadé|
|3||Sauternes Grand Cru Classé||2012||Honey and candied apple||Bordeaux||Château de Malle|
|4||Coteaux du Layon||2014||Fruity||Loire||Château Soucherie|
|5||Muscadet “Prestige”||2012||Floral, fruity||Loire||Domaine Bruno Cormerais|
|6||Savennières Roche aux Moines||2010||Pear, soft spice||Loire||Domaine FL|
|7||Hermitage 2013||2013||Spices, blackberries||Rhone||Domaine Laurent Habrard|
|1||Rosé Côte de Provence||2015||Exotic fruits, peach||Provence||Domaine de l’Anticaille – Miss Vicky Wine|
Singapore is the first country in Asia selling the D-Vine dispenser, and only 50 units will be available for sale before 2017. The D-Vine dispenser is really a luxury item, one that you can impress your dinner guests with for S$1,790. For now, we feel that the wine dispenser fits more into the bedroom or a luxury hotel rather than your HDB kitchen. Even if you are willing to fork out that sum, you will also have to order the wine flacons that cost between S$9 to S$39. But for now, the future seems bright for the young company as wine drinkers in the region continues to grow in the region. If 10-Vins can create more affordable mini D-Vine, there might be a chance of becoming the “Nespresso” of the wine industry.
For more information on the dispenser, visit www.dvine.com.sg.