5 sleek kitchen appliances that will make you a better home chef and entertainer
D-VINE WINE DISPENSER
This virtual sommelier serves wine from 100ml flacons into a glass in under a minute; this allows you to savour the wine at its freshest, optimum temperature and aeration. Wine enthusiasts can also taste test many flavours (D-Vine offers over 22 types) without the need to pop open several bottles. Take your wine education further by scanning the barcode on the flacon with your phone; an in-house oenologist will tell you more about the wine and offer wine-pairing tips.
A D-Vine dispenser retails at $1,690, while each 100ml wine flacon retails from $9 to $39. Find it at www.dvine.com.sg.
AUTOMATIC WINE OPENER BY VALORE
Twisting and turning corkscrews will be a thing of the past when you have a cordless wine opener. Simply remove the seal with the provided foil cutter and press a button to activate the corkscrew. This batteryoperated opener does its job smoothly and quietly, leaving no mess behind.
The automatic wine opener by Valore is available in red, blue and grey, and retails for $49.90 at Challenger stores and www.hachi.tech.
VACUUM SEALING DRAWER BY MIELE
Gourmet chefs have been using the sous vide method for years, and now home cooks can also make use of this French cooking technique with Miele’s vacuum sealing drawer. Simply seal meats and vegetables in a pouch with the drawer before cooking in the oven at a low temperature. You can also vacuum-seal bread, leftover snacks, and cheese, so they stay fresh for longer.
The Miele built-in vacuum drawer retails for $3,990 at the Miele showroom, #04-03 Winsland House II, 163 Penang Road, tel: 6735-1191.
LIGHTBOARD BY FRANKE
This handy kitchen accessory by Swiss kitchen brand Franke combines form and function. Use it during food preparation, as a kitchen weight or a chopping board; it fits perfectly over the bowl of a Franke sink for extra countertop space. This battery-operated and water-resistant tool also comes with lighting in various colours, so you can create ambient illumination in the kitchen.
The Frames by Franke lightboard retails for $1,527 and is available at the Franke Kitchen World showroom, #01-08/09 Cendex Centre, 120 Lower Delta Road.
FLEX INDUCTION COOKTOP WITH INTEGRATED VENTILATION BY GAGGENAU
Every open-concept kitchen needs a powerful extractor to ensure grease and fumes do not leave the cooking area. Gaggenau’s extractor is built into the cooktop and removes 85 per cent of odours (thanks to activated charcoal filters) with minimal noise and energy consumption. The Flex Induction cooktop with integrated ventilation retails for $8,300, and is available in a stainless steel frame, as well as a frameless model for flush mounting.
Find it at the Gaggenau showroom, 11 Bishan Street 21, tel: 6356-1080.