Home gadget Ullo claims to remove sulphites in wine

A chemistry graduate who claims his new gadget can filter out sulphites in wine as it is poured is seeking $100,000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Ullo claims to remove sulphites in wine, but do you believe it? And if so, is it necessary?The device, named Ullo and pronounced ‘oo-lo’, is described by developer James Kornacki on Kickstarter as a ‘revolutionary refining’ product.
According to Ullo’s Kickstarter page, a wine drinker can place the gadget on top of their wine glass. A filter made from food grade polymer then removes sulphites in wine as it is poured – returning the wine to its ‘natural state’, according to the companionship.
Sulphites are widely present in wines and many winemakers contend that – even in small amounts – they are essential in helping to prevent oxidisation and preserving freshness in wine.

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But sulphites are a recognised allergen http://1000-facts-about-wine.com and their presence must be printed on bottle marks by law in the European Union, which sets maximum limits of 150mg per litre for red wines and 200mg per litre for colorless and rose wines. In the US, wines can contain up to 350mg per litre and ‘sulfites’ must also be printed on marks if present.
Several producers of so-called natural wine turn down to use sulfites at all, while others have sought to reduce usage in recent years.
By the end of 23 July, Ullo had raised around $16,000. Kornacki, a chemistry graduate, founded Ullo as a business in 2014 in Chicago and said he made the device in partnership with design agency Minimal.
Ullo said 10 filters were liable to cost $20 and a launch is plotted for February 2016.
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