Appsolutely fabulous

Searching for a special wine? Looking for pairings? Whatever you need, there’s a wine app to fit your taste.

With the plethora of wine apps available it’s hard to know which ones are practical and which ones are plonk.

To be completely transparent, I have my own wine app. You can visit a winery, collect points and translate those points into prizes from my “cellar.” But I thought about all the other wine apps that are out there. Are they beneficial? It all depends on what you’re looking for.

To help make your wine life a little easier, here’s a small list of free apps I have looked at or used. All are available for both iOS and Android systems.

 Cellartracker

CELLARTRACKER

I use this one frequently. CellarTracker started out as an Internet-based program to keep track of your wine cellar inventory. If you have a CellarTracker account (which is free) you can download the app, log in and have access to your inventory anywhere, anytime. 

Wine-Searcher

WINE-SEARCHER

This is an awesome app if you’re looking for wine because it does exactly what its name says. It finds wine in your area (or wherever else you’re looking) and will even point you in the direction of where to buy it.

Of course this is a US-based system in terms of price, as you will find with many wine apps.

Wine Dictionary

WINE DICTIONARY

I find this one very useful when it comes to terms or grapes that I’m not familiar with. It’s basic and easy to use.

Delectable

DELECTABLE

With the tagline “Drink memorable wine,” Delectable allows you to rate and review wines, scan labels and follow others to see what they’re drinking. It also allows you to purchase wine with the click of a button. Again, it’s US-based, which makes you wish for a better system here at home.

Vivino

VIVINO

You have most likely heard of this one; everybody seems to be using it. You can search and take pictures within the app, learn about wine, write reviews about what you’re drinking and get feedback on your comments.

Plonk

PLONK

This is one of the newest apps I found and seems to be a mash-up of the Wine Dictionary (but in a more colourful format), Vivino and Delectable. It also adds recipes and pairings and, like the others, allows you to share pictures.

Just Wine

JUST WINE

This app is like having a wine expert in your pocket. It’s a place to share wine information, recipes and stories. Plus there’s a section where you can search events, allowing you to localize your experience.

It’s hard to give the nuts and bolts of each app in this short article, so I settled for the broad strokes. Suffice it to say, there are many similarities in the share-your-wine-life apps. Try them out and pick the one that suits your style.

Looking for more apps to test? Try Hello Vino, Drync, Corkz and WineCo. New ones are popping up all the time.

About the Author

Michael Pinkus


Michael Pinkus is a freelance writer based in St. Catharines, Ont.

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