Wine Smarts – Wine Apps Reviewed
Tasting notes, reviews, price comparisons — which wine is the best? I’ve been searching for THE ultimate wine app for my phone, the one that will give me all the info I want with just a few swipes of my thumb. Take a short web browse and you’ll see that it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the choices. There are literally hundreds of apps available, so I decided to get some expert recommendations.
In a recent Wall Street Journal review, Will Lyons listed Delectable and Vivino as the two best wine apps.
So I checked them out. Yes, pretty cool! Here’s the lowdown.
Just take a photo of a label and the wine encyclopedia and shopping guide are at your fingertips. The app gives you user ratings, tells you where the wine was made and info about the varietal. It has separate reviews from professionals in the wine arena, so you can see what those in the know say about a particular bottle. You can also log your own tasting notes. It will organize them for you so you can easily look back to remember what you thought of a particular bottle. You can also tag friends and locations along with your wine label—a scrapbook of your wine-tasting experience.
It’s easy to use. You can even buy the wine right from the app. The app has been around for a while, so it’s got a good track record. Use the app at your local wine store, restaurant or your own wine cellar. Free: delectable.com
This super popular app works very similarly to Delectable. It has a photo label recognition system that identifies the wine and provides details about it, including average price, ratings and reviews. In addition to checking out labels, you can get recommendations of wine that meet your criteria and find out where to buy. If the app can’t immediately find your wine, your request will be delivered to a team of experts who’ll research it for you. You can subscribe to their service to view ratings from subscription wine publications too.
One cool feature is the app lets you take several photos in a row and compare overviews of multiple wines at the same time. No flipping back and forth in the app between different wines, so it’s easy to compare them—all on the same screen. Vivino isn’t always as easy to use as you’d like it to be, but it’s got a lot of great features. Free: vivino.com
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