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SYNEK's wine system ensures a perfect pour across styles

Engadget Engadget 7/04/2016 Billy Steele
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Nearly two years ago, SYNEK launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund its countertop beer system to keep fresh suds available on tap at home. After raising $650,000, it launched successfully and received a warm reception for that product. Now the company is tackling another vice: wine. As you probably guessed, the Somm by SYNEK is also a countertop system that holds 2.25-liter canisters of vino -- that's about three standard-size 750ml bottles worth. Somm, which we'd guess is short for sommelier, adjusts temperature and aeration to fit the wine being poured in an effort to give your a perfect pour every time.

There's a companion app that allows you to keep tabs on supply levels and get more info on the wine you have resting inside. The software also allows you to browse Somm's selection of wine and offers suggestions based on your drinking preferences. Currently, there are 10 styles and over 30 varieties available to choose from, and that's just the beginning. SYNEK has an in-house sommelier team that handles the curation, tasting wines before they're made available and selecting new options based on user ratings.

When it comes to the canisters, or Sylos, over two liters is a lot of wine to get through before drinking something else. Don't worry, though, you can easily swap out the container for another one and SYNEK says it'll retain its shelf life. In terms of price, each Sylo will set you back $30 and when it comes time to re-order, you can do so through the mobile app. If the canister system sounds somewhat familiar, Kuvee's smart wine bottle that we recently put through its paces handles the wine supply in a similar fashion, albeit in smaller quantities.

While SYNEK's beer setup has a stainless steel exterior, Somm offers designs that borrow aesthetics from the barrel room of a vineyard. You can choose from beachwood and dark oak outer shells that give the dispenser a more natural look. There's also a stainless steel option if you don't care for the wood-grain material. If all of that sounds too good to pass up, Kickstarter backers are privy to a $100 discount on the Somm, cutting the price to $200. Backers will also get the chance to order exclusive wines that won't be available to everyone. What's more, SYNEK says unlike the beer gadget, it's ready to go into production with this wine version and plans to ship in November of this year.

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