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Restaurant offers top wines from dispensers

Published:  08 July, 2010

A new restaurant hopes to persuade diners to trade up to more exclusive wines, served from Enomatic dispensers.

The devices, which are increasingly finding favour with independent merchants like The Sampler in London, allow wine to be kept fresh as it is poured by the glass.

Tony Crolla will open Divino Enoteca in Edinburgh's Grassmarket in August and plans to offer customers up to 200 fine wines from four dispensers, selected by sommelier Sebastiano Ingaliso. Crolla describes the launch as "the most exciting new location for wine lovers in the UK".

He added: "Divino Enoteca will be the first place in Scotland to offer wine lovers the chance to sample some rare wines thanks to the Enomatic technology.

"It means that people who may have always wanted to try a rare vintage, but who have been denied because of the cost of a full bottle or difficulty in sourcing the wine, can now do so."

The restaurant aims to combine contemporary and traditional features, and is set in a building with original oak flooring and stone walls. There is an enclosed courtyard in the style of a summer Italian garden.

A 14-seater wine education room will host tasting sessions and courses, Crolla said.