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The iSommelier Will Take Your Order

Touch-screen tabletops with interactive menus are coming to wine bars and restaurants near you

David Rockwell, the affable designer of the hip W Hotels, strolls around the floor of the new, wine-themed Adour Alain Ducasse restaurant in New York's tony St. Regis Hotel. He stops, zeroing in on Adour's centerpiece: a wine bar with a touch-sensitive surface, similar to a giant iPhone screen.

Using their fingers, guests place orders and browse information on available vintages, and a sommelier delivers them. "We are trying to make wine approachable, but not dumb it down," says Rockwell.