Spokane company Dionysus Technologies Inc. has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to help develop and distribute its innovative system for improving the taste of wine.
It's called the Sonic Decanter, and the $85,090 Kickstarter campaign is part of the plan to release the product later this year. With 27 days to go the campaign has raised more than $44,000 so far.
What the decanter does, according to the company's materials, is remove oxygen from wine. Which is the opposite of what normal oxidizers or decanters do. An area inventor, Charles Leonhardt, is the guy credited with developing a new system that relies on ultrasonic energy.
The net result, chemically, is an improved flavor profile for just about any wine.
Local spokesman Mike Coyne said the project uses local companies for design, PR and CAD work. A number of local wineries were also involved in early testing, including Townshend, Wine Shops- Vino/Rocket Market and Kitchen Retailers-Kitchen Engine.
Coye said in an email: "We have been working on this patented technology for more than two years and it is now available. It works in minutes to improve the flavor, aroma, mouth feel and finish on any wine red or white."