We all realize what it's like to pop open a bottle of modest wine and promptly wish we'd spent a bit more cash on something a little better.
Rather than tossing the bottle away or using it to prepare a fancy old dish on the stove, there might be a device that promises to turn the everyday cheap bottle of wine, into an exclusive vintage in terms of taste, in just a few minutes.
The Sonic Decanter uses ultrasonic waves to accelerate the maturing process of wine. Around 20 minutes or just under there, the contraption is guaranteed to mollify tannins, create flavour and discharge fragrances that are normally just found in matured wines.
The gadget, which can be controlled through a cell phone application, can likewise be utilized to restore wines that have been open a couple of days to a more drinkable state.
The contraption was created by Michael Coyne and Charles Leonhardt in the US, who are currently trying to raise funds to produce it and take it to market via the crowd funding website, Kickstarter.
The group came to their 85 000 dollar (R1.2 million) target with 895 sponsors vowing $139,412 (almost 2 million Rands) to assist in bringing the product to life.
The gadget has officially won applauses from wine specialists. American wine store proprietor John Allen said: "I thought it was an impressive piece of work. It changes wine in ways that I hadn’t expected... The treatment makes it softer, gentler and more drinkable.” One would pay around £150, or R3200 for the Sonic Decanter.