Wine App Mini-Review

I’ve been looking for an app that allows me to capture the essence of wines that I’ve tasted, display the results of others for wines I haven’t tasted, view the label, the price and the wine maker’s description in a clean interface. Data input must be easy and, because of the nature of wine, must have access to an extensive database. I would also insist on the ability to back up the data.

In the journey to find such an application, I’ve come across a good number of wine apps. Indeed, there are over 100 free wine apps in the app store, though I haven’t tested nearly half of them. I thought it might be of interest to others, as well as a brief documentation for myself, to post the brief findings of wine apps that I’ve toyed with. This post is a work in progress and has incomplete data. It will be updated as time allows. One of the most disturbing lack of features is the ability to back up your database. Without that ability it’s impossible to reach a 5 star rating. Nobody wants to spend hours scanning labels, entering their taste experiences and typing in their inventory to get it erased.

App Properties Notes My Rating
Wine Events

by Local Wine Events.com

Wine Tasting Events Calendar Shows wine and beer tasting events in cities around your area.
 
NY Wine & Food Pairings

by New York Wine and Grape Foundation

General Wine Reference Guide


Food and Wine Pairings Guide
Shows grapes, wine flavors and food pairings. General wine information.
Wine Ph.D.

General Wine Reference Guide


Wine Restaurant/Winery Search


Food and Wine Pairings Guide


Wine News


Search and Browse by Winery, Varietal, Region and Pairing


Wine Ph.D. Ratings


Lists Average Cost of Wine


Displays Wine Label Images


Displays Winemaker Notes


Allows Personal Wine Inventory Database


Stores Personal Wine Tastings
Interface is attractive, but a bit touchy. Feels like it tries to be too much, which can complicate the flow, but handles the various jobs well.
Hello Vino

Food and Wine Pairings Guide


Occasion and Wine Pairings Guide


Wine Reviews


Search by Varietal, Price, Vintage, Region, Rating, State and Stock (based on wine.com)
Browse by Pairing


Wine Ratings


Wine Prices


Shopping (wine.com)


Displays Wine Label Images


Displays Winemaker Notes


Twitter and Facebook integration
Appears to be based off of the wine.com database. Browsing is very limited. Intended to help you find a wine by pairing or find a pairing by wine.
Noble Wine

General Wine Reference Guide Strictly a reference or learning app that teaches the basics of wine and its styles, types, making, laws and composition. No images.
Tesco Wine Finder

by Tesco.com

Wine search By Scanning Label (but very limited in its findings)


Shake for Random Wine


Provides Wine Prices and shopping (tesco.com)


Displays Wine Labels


Displays Winemaker Notes
Although you can search by scanning the label, it’s very limited in its findings. There’s a selector that allows you to pick characteristics of wine, then it searches for a random wine in its database that matches that criteria. It’s an interesting idea, but without a huge google-esque database of wine labels and without a faster image recognition algorithm, it’s pretty destined to fail. I.E. it’s a novelty app, but not very useful.
Corkbin

by Inmite

Requires an account


Food and Wine Pairings Guide


Wine Reviews and Ratings by other Corkbin Users


Browse Wine by Friend or Vicinity


Displays Wine Labels


Stores Personal Wine Tastings


Integrates with Twitter, Facebook and Blogs
This app is intended to make wine tasting into a social network product of its own. You taste wine, take a picture of the label and share your experience in a short sentence. People follow each other like twitter.
iWine Journal

Personal Wine Inventory DB


Stores Personal Wine Tastings
Very basic app that stores your typed in values for wines you have tasted.
Grape-It

Personal Wine Inventory DB


Stores Personal Wine Tastings
Like iWine Journal, this is a very basic app that stores your typed in values for wines you have tasted.
Wine Notes

by William Lindmeier

Searches and Browses wines you’ve entered


Personal Wine Inventory DB


Stores Personal Wine Tastings
Comprehensive Wine Inventory app. You can’t search the internet for a wine and copy it into your inventory, but it has some fantastic properties. For example, you can move sliders until the color on the screen mimics that of your wine. You also have some keen sliders in the profie. You also have nearly 60 flavors to build a combination from. I would almost call this one of the best wine inventory apps out there, but I have yet to try some of the competition.

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