Top Eight Wine Apps
With new wine apps launching every day––from individual wineries to massive retail databases––it’s easy to become overwhelmed. We’ve whittled it down to eight of the best.
The Tasting Guide
Wine Enthusiast Magazine ’s Tasting Guide app—available in Apple’s App Store and on Google Play—is the ultimate app for all-things wine, spirits and beer. Users can browse thousands of Wine Enthusiast ratings and reviews, or scan a wine’s UPC to retrieve tasting notes while on the go. Share your latest discoveries instantly via Facebook or Twitter, and also keep a journal of the pours you’ve tasted and loved. The interactive Vintage Chart, a one-of-a-kind feature, guides users on their wine purchases and restaurant selections by revealing what to drink when. Other special app features include a badge-reward program, in which you can earn special discounts and offers as you build your digital ratings collection, as well as access to the latest magazine articles, featuring everything from wine travel and pairings to cocktail recipes and top destinations.
You won’t find the Berry Bros. & Rudd app in the iTunes store. Instead, it’s installed on the Constellation luxury phone made by Vertu. With its exclusive “Identify a Bottle” feature, users can send a wine-label photo to the United Kingdom-based wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd and receive tasting notes, buying tips and alternate wine options.
WinesTilSoldOut is a flash sale site selling one wine at a time until it’s gone. With each sale, WTSO gives a comparison of the sale price and best Web price, description of the wine, technical notes, a picture of the label, and an extensive array of wine ratings and reviews. Discounts range from 30%–70% off retail prices. iPhone, Android, free.
Local Wine Events
With over 1,500 new tastings, festivals, auctions and other wine-oriented activities listed each week, Local Wine Events offers a dizzying array of choices for wine lovers. iPhone, Android, $3.99.
Hello Vino gently prompts users through interactive questions to find the best wine for a particular meal, holiday or taste preference. Audio reviews provide a nice touch. iPhone, Android, free.
The Wine Ratings Guide
The Wine Ratings Guide is almost like having your own personal sommelier at your beck and call. This highly rated, user-friendly app draws on a database of 1 million wines and provides flavor profiles, pairing suggestions, room to add your own ratings and the ability to view customized lists from other users. iPhone, Android, $3.99.
Selecting a Wine for Dummies
Selecting a Wine for Dummies (iTunes) is almost like having the book in a condensed app. With a glossary, suggested serving temps, pairing ideas and even an audio pronunciation helper, this app isn’t just for wine novices. iPhone, free.
The Wine Coach
Author and wine expert Laurie Forster has crammed decades of expertise into The Wine Coach. It boasts weekly wine picks, audio and video podcasts, a varietal guide to grapes and an interactive feature where users can submit questions and label pictures via email. iPhone, Android, free.
The Taste of Napa
The Taste of Napa is a region-specific app, listing wineries, hotels, restaurants and other activities in Napa Valley. While the app provides tasting notes and suggestions, here’s the best part: Because it offers discounts on wine, dining and tours that are available exclusively through the app, you can recoup the app’s modest cost with a single purchase. iPhone, Android, $1.99.