Spirit of Philadelphia Cruises Leaderboard

Best Wine Apps for iPhone or Android

by Melissa Auman Greiner on Nov 30, 2011 in Wine
Best Wine Apps for iPhone or Android
Type “wine” into the search box on Apple’s App Store, and you get an overwhelming 1,438 results. The Android Market is no better, posting choices that number “at least 1000.” And – contrary to many other searches – nearly all of the results are actually relevant. Some I could easily cross off the download list (sorry, Triscuit Cracker Wine Pairing Guide), but most appeared to be legit.

To save you the same dilemma, and help you make educated decisions about where to place your wine-related app bucks, I read, clicked, downloaded, deleted and downloaded again. I did come up with a few suggestions that are definitely worth the space on your home screen. Wine has never been so approachable.

For shopping slickness: Snooth Wine Pro (iPhone – $4.99)
You find yourself in front of a massive display of white Burgandy, but your French is pitiful and your knowledge of the area’s vintners even more so. Take a photo of the bottle you are considering, and this little baby will dish all the details, provide reviews, and tell you if the store down the street has it cheaper. Other fun features include building a wishlist and a virtual cellar so those who stock-up will always know what they are low on. Android users can check out Swirl Pro (Android – $4). It has a lookup function that accesses the Snooth database for similar details, though you have to type in the name of a wine, instead of just snapping a pic. Also, there's a free version that allows all of the browsing and
tagging, but only let's you add a couple of wines.

For dinner and drinks know-how: HelloVino (iPhoneAndroid – Free)
Whether it’s a date or the boss you are set on impressing, excuse yourself from the table for a moment and whip out this app before ordering. Get recommendations from the country’s top sommerliers based on best sellers, your personal tastes, or the meal you plan on enjoying for supper. Just try and keep the showing off to a minimum. Bonus: HelloVino recently added photo/label recognition, too (see screenshot to the right).

For your next trip to the West Coast: Wine Wherever (iPhone – $.99)
Wine country bound? Place one of these easy reference guides on your phone and you can cruise the scenic roads without a map blocking your view. Allow it to use your GPS to list wineries near your current location, or search by city or name. It also shoots you coupons for tasting rooms on your path, helping you return home with a few bucks left in the account.

For remembering past loves: Wine Notes (iPhone – Free) or List, Ratings & Cellar (Android – Ad-Supported Free or $3)
Stumble upon a beauty of a Zin one night, but wake the next morning unable to recall her name? Save all the pertinent info in this journal – the name, year, tasting notes, and a pic of the bottle – and you’ll be ready to hunt that bottle down for a second go. And if you’re ready to go public, you can share your personal review with your friends via Twitter or Facebook.

Top photo via Flickr user vitalsine

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
The UK is Set to Be The Next Big Wine Region

The UK is Set to Be The Next Big Wine Region

Finally some good new from human-caused global climate change, at least if you're British: the UK is set to be the next big wine region, Time reports....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Dec 5, 2016
9 Local Philly Beers to Sip this Winer

9 Local Philly Beers to Sip this Winer

The holiday season is here, and with that there are tons of hoppy, dark and festive beers to try. ...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Dec 5, 2016
SPONSORED
Skybrunch Rectanlge Ad
Flying Fish's New Crafthouse in Brewerytown Will Open on Monday, December 5

Flying Fish's New Crafthouse in Brewerytown Will Open on Monday, December 5

Flying Fish Brewing Co. and Chef Brian Duffy (of Spike TV's Bar Rescue) are joining forces to open the new Fly...read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 2, 2016
Much Like Winter, Game of Thrones Wine Is Coming

Much Like Winter, Game of Thrones Wine Is Coming

Winter is coming, and so is wine from Game of Thrones. Entertainment Weekly reports that HBO and Game of Thrones are preparing to release their own li...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Dec 1, 2016
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 1, 2016
Make Your Own DIY Beer Advent Calendar

Make Your Own DIY Beer Advent Calendar

Move over, wimpy chocolate Advent calendars - it's time for a fun new way to count down the days until Christmas....read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Dec 1, 2016
Behind the Bar: Jared Adkins of Bluebird Distilling

Behind the Bar: Jared Adkins of Bluebird Distilling

In this installment of our Behind the Bar interview series, we spoke to Jared Adkins, the founder and master distiller at Phoenixville's own Bluebird ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 30, 2016
Philadelphia Distilling & Yards Brewing Are Collaborating on a New Whiskey Called 'Tough Broad'

Philadelphia Distilling & Yards Brewing Are Collaborating on a New Whiskey Called 'Tough Broad'

Two of Philadelphia's premier drink-makers - Philadelphia Distilling and Yards Brewing - have come together to...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 30, 2016
The 'Fantastic Beasts' Film Features a Speakeasy Bar with Magical Cocktails

The 'Fantastic Beasts' Film Features a Speakeasy Bar with Magical Cocktails

There's a magical speakeasy in the new Harry Potter franchise film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Nov 29, 2016
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close