You’ve inevitably heard it before, “there’s an app for that,” and wine is no exception in this smartphone age.
But do an online search, and you’re inundated with hundreds of wine apps from reviews to food pairings to find-a-bottle and even vineyard locations. It’s dizzying if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, and like anything else in life – including wine – not all apps are created equal.
Some apps aim to be too specific, providing such niche information that you’ll need to download multiple apps just to satisfy your wine drinking needs. Other apps are unfocused, bombarding users with an overload of information or features, and let’s face it, who wants to dig through useless tidbits for the important stuff?
Whether you pride yourself as a being wine elitist, budding connoisseur, or simply want to experiment with new vino, a little knowledge can go a long way in picking your next bottle. We’ve scoured the app world to share some of our favorites that we hope will satisfy your palate.
For the wine novice who doesn’t want to pay for an app, Hello Vino is a can’t-go-wrong download. It’s especially helpful for those who want to buy wine, but aren’t sure how to choose from the parade of bottles available in the wine aisle. Hello Vino also offers basic food pairings and suggested wines for various occasions. FREE
From the folks who make wine a career, Wine Spectator’s VintageChart +provides the magazine’s vintage charts (hence the name) in the palm of your hands. Unlike Hello Vino, VintageChart + wasn’t designed for wine newbies, who may find the app’s arrangement somewhat intimidating. The price, however, isn’t intimidating. FREE
If you need help solving the food pairing conundrum, NatDecants is your solution, but don’t be fooled; this app goes beyond food. The app’s ‘More’ category is a treasure trove of all things wine, with articles, winery locator, and even glossary. There’s also a useful-yet-somewhat-buggy barcode scanning feature. FREE (mostly – some features require registration and payment)
Drync Wine Pro is an app that users either really, really like or find overrated. We tend to think it’s worth the $3.99 based on its extensive wine list alone, but there is a free version with fewer features. Drync’s app includes prices on more than 1.2 million wines, and through your personal cellar, you can “save” wines you like most. $3.99; (Lite version- which has a smaller cellar – is FREE)
Corkbin is the best bang for your buck that isn’t free. Simply use your smartphone to snap a photo of the wine you’re drinking, make a note, and share. Never again will you forget the name of the amazing wine that made last night’s dinner complete. Corkbin’s food pairing guide is provided by Hello Vino. $0.99
For the wine enthusiast who moonlights as a social media rockstar,SocialGrapes and LetsPour are two casually hip and interactive apps. Connect with other oenophiles to learn what they’re drinking, and share your reviews with the wine world. FREE
Want an app that grows as your wine knowledge does? Cor.kz has something (a lot of things, actually) for all levels of wine expertise. Cor.kz connects users to CellarTracker’s extensive database, but it’s categorized to make navigating a breeze. It’s also the only app that we know of to offer side-by-side comparisons to help solve your wine buying dilemma. $2.99
Did we leave out your favorite wine app?