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The Wine Sceptre

Behold ye of the drinking classes...Bow to My Mightyyyy Sceptre!!!

The last time I read of the word sceptre, I think it was referenced in a Tintin comic. So rare today is this bejewelled accessory of yore that even the mentions are jaded. And then, when Ashish Bhasin, a vibrant young entrepreneur and inventor of all things-useful-yet-at-first-bizarre, handed me one, I didn’t know what to make of it. I didn’t wish to look unintelligent what with my repute in the wine world. What repute, you ask? Sadly, I concur.

But, truth be told, I had no idea what it did, and how. Or why. All I knew was that I was holding a reasonably heavy sceptre-shaped stainless steel rod with three wide slits at the upper end of a solid seamless body, topped by a rubber closure and a very ornate grape bunch as the headpiece.

“So what does this do?”

“It is used to maintain wine temperature.” The response was swift. Almost too swift for me, for I was still trying to fathom, exactly how!

“…I knew that.” I stuttered, softly, rather unconvincingly.

“You, see the stainless tube is filled with a special liquid coolant, hermetically sealed, and once frozen, it can be inserted into the wine, plugged in tight and used to serve wine.”

Didn't Kanye West used to have one of these...or was it Jay-z ??!

That is what the slits on the top were for…aah! And the grape headpiece neatly slid to one side to reveal an opening to let the wine out. Earlier I was merely curiously excited, now I was beginning to be impressed. But the skeptic of years in me wouldn’t let anyone have the better of me so easily. “How long do you need to cool it? How long does it stay cool? Isn’t it open to contamination? What about its life? What if the coolant leaks?”

Ashish had come prepared. “Three hours on the first go, else and hour and a half of cooling is fine. Holds a white wine at stable temperature for upto an hour, which is more than enough for us to consume it.” There were no visible joints on the tube part of the sceptre so coolant leakage wasn’t a major possibility. And once frozen, it was well cool to not let bacteria and the likes inhabit on it freely. Surgical stainless steel shaft.

I still wasn’t convinced entirely. So what if royal families across the Middle East have gotten one cased in pure gold and bedecked with precious stones and jewels, so what if all the biggest of hotels in Dubai have it, I still needed my evidence. Ashish allowed me one to use the next morning itself and after a meagre period of about an hour in the fridge, the stick looked well “icicled”.

Into the wine it went, and held decently for an easy part of an hour. This was a marvellous little device. Ashish probably already knew this, which is why he had cleverly had the technology patented. The royal families spoken of earlier had all sourced theirs from him. Wow! Revelations. Learnings. Chilled white wines even on a picnic. Life was good again.

So cool, it is like, totally chilled out dude!

Pros and Cons of the Wine Sceptre:

  1. No better a way to display a wine being consumed. Those who like to show just how good they have it will be happy to knowthat their prized vintage bubblies (think Dom and Cristal) no longer hide surreptitiously in wine buckets. Instead they can display them proudly on the dinner table, what their shiny steel shafts.
  2. No more messy wet labels.
  3. No more strain of ice being used up to chill wine instead of using in drinks and cocktails.
  4. Great handy and nifty little piece, easy to carry, especially when outdoors and away from an ice machine. Al Fresco!
  5. Pure novelty of serving wine out of a magnificent looking old school royal rod, with some apt bling to match. The slide-off cover is really cool, like West-Coast-rap-artist cool.
  6. No need to wipe the wet bottles upon removing from a wine bucket. Which means, guests can now help themselves if the waiter isn’t around, or if they prefer to enjoy the wine in reserve and quiet.
  7. Great for Private Dining Rooms, boardrooms, high-profile meetings.
  8. Perfect for select gifting.

The Downside:

  1. This is India. People may not be open to having a foreign object inserted into their wine.
  2. One glass of wine has to be removed from the bottle in order to accommodate for the shaft. Weight displacement, Eureka!, Archimedes’ Principle ,et al. You miss this little detail and it’s a pretty little white wine table fountain you will be in for.
  3. Cleanliness and hygiene issues may be a consideration as hotels will have to exercise utmost caution to not allow for any contamination; even if the rod is free from bacteria, it shouldn’t be allowed to capture foreign smells or taints. (Being stainless sure helps in protecting against such.)
  4. Difficult to use with odd bottle forms (stout, or wide or curved), as also with half bottles.
  5. Only for whites and rosés, mostly. Can be used with reds but due to lack of a temperature gauge, may not be most precise.
  6. Fine dining places in India may cast a suspicious eye upon such contraption, preferring to wipe and pour, even if just so to look busier than they actually are.

So, the verdict: I think it is a pretty useful device. Tropical heat could pose a problem but if it has handled Dubai, it can handle Delhi. Else, drink faster! Hotel or home use, eventually, it will all boil down to price and affordability. I’ll be using this for the next few tastings and will keep posting my observations. If any of you have a prized wine and would like to uncork it in my presence and have it personally chilled by me, you know where to find me. Heh heh heh…

Just,
Magan.

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Wi-Not is India’s only professionally qualified and managed Wine & Beverage Solutions Company. We are a collective of wine and beverage professionals who are united in our belief that all drinks are special, and different, and consequently need to be presented and marketed uniquely so. The best of brands need the best of plans and that is what we do. The Wi-Not team comprises young certified and experienced professionals who have spent a considerable amount of time working in the field of beverages and especially wine, both in India and abroad (and are still young enough to resonate with the pulse of our burgeoning market!) Big words, but the principle behind all our work and efforts is simply this: You can create a brand over and over again but unfortunately you can kill it only once!

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  1. Ashish Bhasin says:

    Dear Magan – Master of the ceremonies,

    Appreciate your thoughts on Winesceptre™ !! quite aptly stringed and all apprehensions as a first time user are also well placed .

    Albeit conceited and in candid admission my words would reek of pride…

    we have reasons to celebrate Winesceptre’s™ magnificient lineage … Winesceptre™ is an engagement of the world’s best brains , technology and the finest food grade steel put to the rigors of stringent quality tests .
    Winesceptre™ is a product of german precision , japanese raw material crafted under french quality standards – could there be any better marriage ??

    Winesceptre™ has charmed the master sommeliers and wine connoisseurs in Europe and the USA . Winesceptre™ dazzles in the wine events !! people blow into its puffed ego … proudly we too bask in its glory , Tarzan our chests and toot our trumpets of triumph , for behold !! let the Winesceptre™ escape its sheath ; you will see how it slays that scepticism fermenting in the minds .

    We have seen and heard those awestruck arched brows , exciting shrills and sceptic murmurs when Winesceptre™ unravels its charm…play Winesceptre™ to the galleries here .. we guarantee it will hold the court .

    Party on and let the drums roll , Winesceptre™ is here .

    cheers

    Ashish Bhasin

    i N T E L L i V E N T U R E S – ( WINESCEPTRE ™)

    Innovative Ideas, Intelligent Impressions
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    m. +91 98 100 29 809
    m. +91 99 100 29 809
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    e. inventures.inc@gmail.com

    Contact us for all ISC ( Indian Sub continent and S ASIA ) Trade queries .

  2. Ashish Bhasin says:

    Look at a video on How effective is Winesceptre and Why it is The Choice of Master Sommeliers and Wine connoisseurs worldwide.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd28gAGnIRw

    Write to us for more details .

    Ashish Bhasin

    i N T E L L i V E N T U R E S – ( WINESCEPTRE ™)

    Innovative Ideas, Intelligent Impressions
    —————————————–

    m. +91 98 100 29 809
    m. +91 99 100 29 809
    s. Capriosho
    e. inventures.inc@gmail.com

    Contact for all ISC ( Indian Sub continent and S ASIA ) Trade queries .

  3. Edmund Becker says:

    very kind regards from me, the inventor of Winesceptre. look at youtube and find Edmund Becker Weinzepter..

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