Podcast #54 – Wine Apps

Smartphones are everywhere now and there are a lot of wine-oriented apps out there to choose from. But did you know that some of those apps were developed right here in BC about BC wine? Crazy stuff, but very helpful when touring wine country. If the information is accurate and current, it is a great navigational aid to finding the wines that you love and new ones that you haven’t discovered yet.

In this podcast, Calli and I both had iPhones but many of these programs are available for other smart phone platforms as well. Check out the app’s website for more information on availability, compatibility and prices.

Some of the apps we talked about in this podcast;

Taste a Wine – This app can link to the Taste-a-Wine website which is an online, real-time tasting note bulletin board. It also functions on its own as a way to record your own tasting notes and you can record the label with your phone’s camera. It supports English, French, German, Italian and Spanish and has tasting notes available in all of those languages.

Nat Decants – Natalie Maclean’s app is so packed with stuff it would almost require a whole podcast to talk about it all. There are recipes, wine reviews, extensive wine pairing ideas, wine quotes, videos, and much more. It all cross-links with her other online media and products. There are two levels of wine reviews – free and premium reviews, which require that you log into your account on her website.

SAQ App – The Société des alcools du Québec has a great app for wine pairings and locating wines that are in the closest stores to wherever you happen to be at any time. If you need a Beaujolais, it will tell you where the closest store is and how many they have on site. While this feature is completely useless to anyone in BC, the food pairings are great – select a category, type of food, cooking method, and sauce and they’ll suggest something to suit it. The navigation is a bit funky (some dead ends) and you’ll need to be a little comfortable in French.

Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart – No false advertising here, this is exactly what it says it is. And if vintage charts are your thing, then this is the app for you. It’s fairly general but is helpful when shopping for unfamiliar regions or vintages.  

Wine Tripper BC and Wine Tripper Ontario – Here we go, the locally produced, organically grown, boutique computer code that will help guide you through the wilds of BC or Ontario’s wine country with ease. Created by Jeff Pennal (Twitter link) from Bennalsoft Technologies in Coquitlam, BC, this app covers the whole province and was created in response to Jeff and his wife’s own travails in touring BC’s wine country. Using Googlemaps and a whole lotta contact information about each winery, this app gives you ability to plan your touring like nothing else. The BC and Ontario versions are available separately and other wine regions are apparently in the planning stages.

Did we miss any of your favorite wine apps? Let us know – leave a comment here or on our facebook page.

2 thoughts on “Podcast #54 – Wine Apps

  1. I have produced an iPhone/iPad app for keeping track of the wines your own or are interested in called Cadent wineCellar. I live and work in the heart of the Okanagan wine country, the village of Naramata.

    I have also produced Cadent wineCellar for the MacOS and Windows platforms and created a web service which allows you to keep all your copies of wineCellar in sync with each other. A great way to collect wine information when touring and have that available on your PC when you get home.

    See: http://www.cadentcomputing.com/products/

    • That’s great Doug! And you’re right in the middle of the action too! I’m just downloading a copy of it now and will check it out asap.

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