LAS VEGAS – Do you wish you could make a variety of cocktails like your favorite bartender does? Or maybe you would love to have the expertise of a sommelier at your next party? Two startups at CES are showing off devices for your home that promise to change that.
Somabar dubs itself the “robotic bartender for your home.” The device features six flasks for your favorite liquor or mixers, plus one more for bitters. Their smartphone app contains hundreds of cocktail recipes and connects to the dispenser to mix and dispense them automatically.
In addition to the pre-loaded cocktail recipes, Somabar users can share recipes with other users. The device cleans itself after every pour so that you don’t mix flavors of the drinks.
The D-vine device integrates with flask of vintages selected by the company. Each flask is embedded with an RFID chip to identify the wine variety and vintage by scanning it with a smartphone app.
The app uses a database of wine knowledge to instruct the dispenser on the proper temperature and decantation for each wine. It also will suggest meat and cheese pairings for each pour.
The Somabar is currently available for pre-order and slated to ship at an unnamed luxury retailer in Q2 2016 for $449.
The D-Vine began selling in France in December 2015. They are planning to sell the device in the US later this year and are evaluating whether they launch on the west or east coast. Pricing for the D-Vine starts at $599.