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Do You Have Wine With Your Apps?

Wine AppsAnd the subject of today’s post is … Apps. No, I’m not referring to the appetizers here – lets talk about the wine phone apps.

Smartphones became extremely popular and widespread nowadays, same as wine (hmmm, is there a connection here?). Smartphones deliver incredible convenience and power of information, available at any instance, day or night, as soon as as one desires to obtain that information. For the most of the time, the information is obtained with the help of so called “Apps”, which is a short for Applications, known in the old days simply as “Programs” or “Software”. But let me not get away here on a tangent, as the plan is to talk about wine. The Wine Apps, to be more precise.

Wine lovers generally want to have some ways to keep track of what they drink, what they like, what the others think of that wine, which wineries they can visit when they travel, what is in their cellars or where to find that particular wine they just had yesterday. And as you would expect, there are apps for all of these tasks.

Quick disclaimer: I’m an iPhone user, so everything I will say here will be pertinent first of all to the iPhone apps – however, I expect that most of the same apps should be available on Android phones. And another quick disclaimer – all the numbers and all the apps I mention here are current as of the date of this post (take a look on the top of the page for that).

Wine is popular today, and it shows in the number of apps available in the App Store. Over the few days as I started working on this post, the number of available apps was steadily increasing, adding new hits daily. The number of apps found searching for the keyword “wine” went from 2,993 two days ago to the 2,998. Of course this is a far cry from 38,877 results in the “travel” category, but still a lot more than many others, for instance, “gardening” at 542.

These wine apps can be split into many different categories. From my experience, trying to categorize objects is usually hard and ungrateful – many apps have a variety of features which make them suitable for the different categories. Nevertheless, let me try to suggest a few different buckets for the wine apps:

  1. “Wine journal” type – these apps let you keep the records of what you drink, what you liked and so on. These apps might also help you look for the wines you liked. Examples would include Delectable, Drync, Vivino and others.
  2. Cellar/collection management apps – CellarTracker would be definitely the top example.
  3. Wine information and researchWine-Searcher and Wine Spectator WineRatings+ would be the top two dedicated examples, but many apps would allow you to research the wines.
  4. Wine buying apps – WTSO is a primary example, of course there are more.
  5. Wine travel and events planning apps – Wine Events, Winery Passport and Cork Sharing would be some I’m aware of – I’m sure there are plenty more, including some from the individual wineries.
  6. “Just for fun” apps – wine quizzes, puzzles and more – Wine Trivia Quiz would be one of the examples, there should be more.

Note that I’m not trying to differentiate here between free, semi-free (in-app purchases) and paid-for applications. With some apps costing only $0.99, I don’t think it makes a huge difference. In any case, practically all of the most popular apps are free.

Okay, so where am I going with all this? Let me gladly explain. Reason #1 for this post is simply a curiosity. I use very little of the wine apps – Wine-Searcher is very handy, and WTSO is useful. I played some wine quizzes – but was not enchanted with the content (no comparison with Bejeweled Blitz if you want to know my vice). So while I’m not actively using the wine apps, I’m sure that many of you are – and this is what I would like to find out. Leave a comment about your favorite wine apps (if you care, add a few words as to why you like it) – or take an easier route and check your favorite apps in the poll below. You will be able to select up to 5 favorites, or write-in.

Reason #2 – with such a variety of the wine apps in existence, I would like to offer a “platform” for the any wine app maker to explain their application better. If you have or working on the wine app, and would like to present it to the readers of this blog, please send me (contact info in the About section) a short write up  – 2-3 paragraphs, about 350 words, 1 – 2 pictures. Your writing can’t be an advertizement, advertorial or a press release – it should be a genuine explanation of what your app is for and what are your differentiators. If your post will fit the criteria outlined here, I will be glad to publish it as a separate post.

So, what do you think of the wine apps? What are you using, or planning to use? Chime in, don’t be shy! Cheers!

  1. May 5, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    My boyfriend and I use Delectable! It’s really handy to help us remember wines we loved so we can try them again… and which ones to avoid next time 🙂

    • talkavino
      May 6, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Thanks Amanda!

  2. May 5, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    I don’t use wine apps. There are not enough hours in the day to write blogs, Tweet, FB & Instagram much less record tasting notes in an app. As far as tracking my cellar, it’s all in my head. Ask my husband I know exactly what we have. He uses Cellartracker. I hear Delectable & Vivino are both good wine apps but overall I’m still old school & not much into apps. Thanks for your article

    • talkavino
      May 6, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Very impressive Michelle! So you know all the bottles which are in your cellar – may I ask how many bottles you have? I have about 400, and I remember most of them, but definitely not all…

      • May 6, 2015 at 3:48 pm

        I have about 300 and growing every month. I remember them because I buy most of them and I know I don’t want to start drinking most of them till at least 2020. BTW, I bought the Chilean wine you recommended. Should I age or drink soon?

        • talkavino
          May 13, 2015 at 4:50 pm

          Michelle, if you got only one bottle, drink it now. I’m sure it will evolve, but it is better to experience that youthful exuberance. If you have multiple bottles – for sure drink one now, and leave a few for later :).

  3. May 5, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I use delectable and like it. Just signed up for wine maps.com, not an app or haven’t seen an app but seems interesting.

    • talkavino
      May 6, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Thanks, Suzanne! Have you tried any other apps before you started using Delectable?

      • May 6, 2015 at 11:54 am

        Yes I did will have to try to remember which one it was. I deleted from my phone

        • talkavino
          May 6, 2015 at 11:56 am

          Don’t worry about it, Suzanne. was just curious.

  4. May 5, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I started using Hello Vino and used it quite a bit at first, but have since stopped. At this point, I have a physical journal I write in. For the most part though, anything I absolutely love, I remember, and anything that was awful, I also remember.

    • talkavino
      May 6, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Physical journal is what I do. The only thing to remember is to write the notes. And peeling the labels if often very frustrating. Still, I guess I love the authenticity of the process…

  5. May 6, 2015 at 7:38 am

    wow. i had no idea there were so many! I’ll look into them…

    • talkavino
      May 6, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Yes, there are quite a few, and the new ones keep showing up almost daily. Wine is popular… But not to worry – there are more than 24,000 food apps there 🙂

  6. May 8, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Wine journal: I don’t have a habit –yet– of taking notes (this may change when I start my wine training in September)
    Cellar management: I’ve tried some apps, but they all were too much work compared to my trusted Excel spreadsheet
    Wine information: I have apps from an Italian and from a German wine buying guide on my phone. I prefer the app over the book because it is cheaper and easier to get (as the books are published in Italy/Germany and would have to be ordered from there). The Italian app (Gambero Rosso) is a bit buggy. The apps are also nice to use in restaurants to check the score before ordering a bottle.

    • talkavino
      May 13, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Sounds like you got it under control, Stefan 🙂 I personally just use google for all of my info search, and a journal for the notes. It is more fun to go through the paper pages with the labels than scroll through some infinite file on the screen… Plus, I have a blog 🙂 This is where I have lots of notes 🙂

  7. May 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I use the term “use” very loosely as it is about 5% of the time.

    • talkavino
      May 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      I’m sure this will be the case for many users… This is why I’m mostly reluctant to start using the apps myself, as I know that I will play with the app as a novelty, and then will stop using it…

  8. May 14, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I use Cellar Tracker to keep track of my cellar — I have roughly 400 bottles. I have and occasionally use Delectable, though I find it a bit redundant with Cellar Tracker for ratings and reviews. It’s too much work to post basically the same information across multiple apps/platforms. I need to streamline that process!! I use WTSO and Wine-Searcher ALL the time!! Salud, Anatoli!

    • talkavino
      May 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Kirsten! Using WTSO all the time might be dangerous for your bank account… Just sayin’…

      • May 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm

        It already has been . . . especially when they did Champagne magnum madness! ;o)

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