September 2, 2016 — We wrote about an intriguing device that could remove sulfites from wine back in July 2015. An estimated three million people are sensitive to sulfites, which occur naturally in wine but are also added for preservation purposes. Called Üllo, the clever filter not only removes sulfites but also can aerate wine at the same time, improving the flavor. It was a Kickstarter project that has now come to market and can be purchased for $79.99 on the company’s web site.
Üllo is the brainchild of James Kornacki, who holds a PhD in organic chemistry. The process uses a patent-pending polymer to selectively remove sulfites, while maintaining the natural flavors of the wine. To filter, simply place Üllo on top of any wine glass or the custom designed Üllo carafe or decanter and pour. The device also acts as an aerator, which can be switched on and off to suit a user’s preference.
The Üllo Wine Purifier is made from food grade, BPA-free materials and is dishwasher safe. Each disposable Selective Sulfite Capture ™ filter is optimized to purify one bottle of wine and costs around $3 each.
All Üllo products are now available for purchase through the company ’s website. The Wine Purifier ($79.99), hand blown Carafe set ($129.99), hand blown Decanter set ($14 9.00), and replacement filters (from $19.99) can be ordered online and include free domestic shipping.