Sonic Boom? Home Decanter Receives Mixed Reviews

Turns out a little sound might be all you need to turn that bargain bottle into a quality quaffer.


The Sonic Decanter, brainchild of a Seattle-based crowdfunding project, claims to have the ability to transform low-quality wine – within a matter of minutes –  into respectable drinkers.


“Sonic Decanter was developed with patented technology that defines the use of ultrasonic energy to transform the molecular and chemical structure of wine,” the company’s Kickstarter profile says. 


“This change, which is permanent and measurable, is effective on any and all wine products.”


The profile notes the claim does not apply to sparkling wines which contain carbon dioxide.


The profile also notes that the invention can “reinvigorate” bottles of which which have been opened or recorked.


The process, according to Sonic Decanter, takes place in 20 minutes. Users put a pound of water in the base of the machine, place the selected bottle of wine in the machine, select red or white and then wait for the sonic process to take finish.


A team of staffers from the Huffington Post recently reviewed the product. Their response to the product was a mosaic of positive and tepid reviews.


“We found the Sonic Decanter to be something of a mixed bag, at least in its current, pre-production form,” reporter Damon Beres said.

The Huffington Post team tasted eight wines of non-Sonic decanted wines and eight Sonic-decanted wines. The team conducted the test for both red and white wines.


“The wines we purchased weren’t fancy,” Beres wrote, “but supposedly, that doesn’t matter where the Sonic Decanter is concerned.”


Beres’ article includes a video of the machine, which emitted an ethereal buzz as it worked its decanting wizardry. 


According to the Huffington Post article, a research and development representative from the company which will manufacture the device said future models are intended to be quieter.


The result of the Post’s test showed that the decanter performed better with red wines than it did with white wines. 


“By and large, our testers seemed to enjoy the red wine after it had been through the Sonic Decanter process,” Beres wrote. “We didn’t tell them which cups had been through the Sonic Decanter and which hadn’t.”


Tasters noted a more harsh taste in the non-decanted red.


White wines were the machine’s weakness, the story noted.


“The white wine fared considerably less well in our taste test,” the Beres reported. “The machine itself seemed to warm both the water and the wine bottle during the decanting process. That’s not great for a glass of white.”


Though all the white wine tasters noted the warmth of the wine, several said the wine tasted “smoother and had “less bite”. 


All tasters preferred the non-Sonic decanted wines, Beres noted.


Via: Snooth – Articles


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