Have you ever entered a wine shop and suddenly felt overwhelmed in a swirl of regions, varietals, tannins, acids, and residual sugars? Choosing the perfect bottle of wine can feel like a lot of pressure, but now in the wonderful world of smartphones, there’s an app for that.
We’ve picked out four of our favorite apps to download now, whether you’re in the wine store or just love finding new wine events.
1. Hello Vino
Aside from having a fantastic name, Hello Vino is a great app for finding a wine based on the meal that you’re having or by occasion. We like that it always seems to know what to drink with everything from Spaghetti Carbonara to take-out Pad Thai, and can pick a wine based upon your taste preferences. It’s kind of like having your own personal sommelier… except it’s free.
Are you someone who likes to gallivant around to tasting events? (Who doesn’t really?) Then you need to try the Local Wine Events app. For $3.99, you’ll have all of the local wine tastings, fests and pairings events at your fingertips. They add over 1,500 new events to their database each week.
Snooth Wine Pro’s technology will wow you. You can take a photo of the wine label and they’ll pick it out from their giant database of over one million wine records. There, you can read ratings, critics scores, and can take your own notes about the bottle. It also syncs to Snooth.com, so you can access the info when you’re at your computer. The app also allows you to compare prices of wine merchants to get the best deal. Get it for $4.99.
Travelers, rejoice. Wine wherever is here to help you find wineries and vineyards wherever you go, within 13 regions. Just use the map to find wineries close by, and make sure to take advantage of the coupons offered in each region. It’s also a great tool to have while you wine taste. You can use it to remember the wines that you enjoy most, with an extensive journal feature.
[Written by Caitlin Heikkila]