Laurie Daniels covered a new wine enhancer in this month's issue of Wines and VInes. Reverse Osmosis move over, Flash -Detente it's your time. But @ Two million dollars a pop? That's what the Monterey Wine Company obviously paid to check it out. Everyone is looking for a better mousetrap. Punch down is so over. Daniels noted that the resulting wines lost varietal expression. That might be the point of the contraption-- make a wine with no personality, after all, did you read Alessandra Stanley's review of the Sarah Palin show? People wanted her unedited self and what they got was Palin as Spam. So, the device is an expensive homogenizer at best or a killer at worst. Instead of a RO machine working on the wine, this baby works on the prefermented juice--flash pasteurized at about 180 degrees F. Let's call it the reverse of cold-soak. When you check out the detente technique you'll find some of the amazing benefits. Increase and speed up the anthocyanin, colloid and tannin extraction Better management and performance of the vinification campaign: shortening of the fermentation time, improvement of the turnover Production of a wider range of wines and an enhancement of their value added: color, structure, bouquet. Development of international market: flexible (not sure what that one means) But even if this device made a better coke, how does a machine like that earn its keep? Two million bucks is a lotta pasta.