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iPads could undermine the role of a sommelier
Published on 27/09/2010

A restaurateur has claimed venues that use iPads instead of paper wine lists will run the risk of undermining the sommelier's role.

Co-owner of London eateries Texture and 28-50 Xavier Rousset said although he thinks the devices are practical he would not implement them, Harpers Wine & Spirits reports.

"They take the one-to-one relationship between the consumer and sommelier away," he added.

The restaurant trade has worked hard to create strong relationships with wine experts and the electronic devices could undo all of that, Mr Rousset remarked.

His comments follow news Gordon Ramsay at Claridges now have 14 of the tablets, which use SmartCellar software to give diners the chance to choose their wine by provenance, grape, colour or price.

The move will also enable staff to easily change the menu and replace certain wines with new lines without having to reprint new lists.

Last week, it was revealed consumers in Chester will soon have the opportunity to sample wines before they purchase them.

Bosses at Corks Out will be installing Italian appliances in the stores in October and the machine uses vacuum sealed units to keep beverages at the correct temperature.

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