1) Ikea has a toasting ap. Now a touch late for New Years eve obviously and you might wonder why you would want to virtually toast a fellow IPhone user when the real thing has so much more effect! While the novelty of a background picture that rotates and the drinks contents move according to the phones location the ap offers a little more than that; as this video illustrates… It wont work on the current IPad as this little bundle of magic lacks a camera.
2) Hugh Johnson and his annual Pocket Guide to Wine has been transferred to the iphone/ipad. A review by Gavino illustrates the good points and some negatives… lots of negatives mainly relating to lack of links between notes (a grape variety to producers or regional info) and to external websites. £4.99 appears poor value.
3) The great wine database that is Snooth has its own iphone app. There is a free version but it is with the ‘pro app’ where the image based wine search facility looks most interesting. You take a snap of the bottle, in store/pre-purchase I presume, and the app loads up Snooths user generated reviews, scores and so on.
4) Adegga, the other ‘great wine database’ to which I add various notes also offers the site via a mobile version but this appears to be just a simple search facility rather than offering anything technically interesting.
5) With an inbuilt love of cheese (and wine to accompany of course) ‘Favorite Cheese’ might be useful. Offering a list of 650 cheeses with a suggested match, it seems rather simple and basic for $2.99.
6) Local Wine Events – that great wine events listing site has its own mobile version offering a simple listing of tastings and the option of posting the details to facebook. Also available on Android.
7) In need of cocktail recipes? Absolut vodka offers a free Drinkspiration ap that offers simple details of cocktails. Interestingly there is a Quick Response code for scaning on 200,000 bottles to get the ap quickly.
8 ) That rather excellent book What to Drink with What You Eat: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee has its own ap “The app comes with a rotating gallery of inspiring quotes from some of America’s best sommeliers and chefs (at restaurants such as Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, The French Laundry, The Inn at Little Washington, Jean Georges, Per Se, Tru and Valentino), and allows you to search by either Food or Drink to find its ideal pairing”. Available for $2.99.
9) Popular Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me, sponsored by Hardys, have an iPhone app that allows fans to experience being part of the show without actually appearing on it. Available to download from itunes for just £1.79, the app features Hardys wine pairing alongside recipe suggestions. Wine tasting tutorials also enable users to act as a true wine connoisseur whilst hosting a successful dinner party. The app also offers fans of the show sophisticated three course meal menu options, the ability to create a shopping list for ingredients, plus a scoring system so guests can rate the success of their host’s efforts.
As a quirky added extra, the app features many classic quotes from the show’s resident narrator, Dave Lamb, who adds his much-loved comedy quips to your very own Come Dine With Me experience. Come Dine With Me
10) NHS Drinks Tracker – as highlighted by BigPinots this is a “great little app” that allows you to find how many units of alcohol are in everything you drink. David’s post on alcohol consumption and recommended units is well worth reading. The Drinks Tracker App is free. There is also a desktop version.
11) Two apps highlighted by Rob on the Wine Conversation blog are a UK Wine Tax Calculator (available for free) and an app, with rather limited execution but great potential, the When Wine Tastes Best app that takes the basic details from the biodynamic calendar and booklet of the same name. Again this is free.
Would love to expand this list – if you have an ap related to wine and drink please do resend the details or if you have a recommendation (for iphone, ipad or android) that is worth the download and sees repeated use and preferably isn’t region/country/currency specific please leave a comment.