5 free apps to find the perfect wine

Looking for the perfect CabSav? Fret not – with these apps your smartphone can become an expert sommelier.

 
 
 
  • Hello Vino app
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 10 February 2017, 12:53 GMT

    Price: Free

    Operating system: Android, iOS

    The worst thing about embarking on a journey of wine discovery is the outrageous snobbery you’re likely to encounter along the way. Aren’t wine snobs just the worst?

    Thankfully, you can bypass those unpalatable drinkers with Hello Vino, which promises to be easily accessible for those who need a little help when selecting a bottle, rather than those simply mulling which vintage.

    When scanning bottles you’ll get reviews for “Normal people,” while the food pairings are less foie gras and more pie and mash. 

    There’s also a wine gifting section to find the perfect bottle for any occasion and, best of all, there’s no wine geek speak allowed!

     
     
     

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  • Plonk app
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 10 February 2017, 12:53 GMT

    Operating system: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

    For the would-be wine connoisseur, Plonk is the ultimate mobile resource. There’s a handy food pairing guide to ensure your bottle perfectly complements your meal, plus a complete A-Z of grape varieties, tips on which grapes pop up in which wine styles, and even advice on how to pronounce them!

    The tried-and-tested section identifies familiar flavours and then encourages you to try wines made using similar grapes. Users can search for new and interesting wines, save their favourites and share them with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

     
     
     

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  • Vivino app
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 10 February 2017, 12:53 GMT

    Price: Free

    Operating system: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

    Call on the knowledge of Vivino’s two million users to find the perfect wine for your occasion.

    Just snap a photo of the label and you’ll be greeted with ratings and reviews for over two million wines from people who have already enjoyed it, while there’s also a price guide to ensure you’re getting a good deal at the checkout.

    You can also add wines to a wish list and also get personalised recommendations based on your tastes.

    The Pro version of the app also allows you to catalogue your own wine cellar.

     
     
     

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  • Wotwine app
    Chris Smith
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    Last updated: 10 February 2017, 12:53 GMT

    Price: Free

    Operating system: iOS

    A team of experts have been painstakingly testing over 1,800 bottles of wine over the last six months - tough life eh? – to ensure you’re getting value for money at the supermarket check out when buying wine.

    Users can simply scan the barcode of a bottle for a review and ‘what we would pay,’ and can also scan different categories to find the best value bottles, helping you get ‘spectacular’ wines on the cheap, while ensuring you don’t overpay for cheap plonk with a fancy label.

     
     
     

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  • Wine events app
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 10 February 2017, 12:53 GMT

    Price: Free

    Operating system: Android, iOS

    If you’re into wine tasting and education or you’re just looking for some sophisticated, yet grape-fuelled, fun at the weekend, Wine Events can help.

    It’s great for finding gatherings and festivals in your city or further afield and you can make savings on festival ticket purchases directly within this simple, easy to navigate app.

    You can also check into events or share details with friends via Facebook or email and invite them along to the fiesta of food and wine. The app comes from LocalWineEvents.com, the website with the largest database of, erm, local wine events in the world, so if it’s happening, it’ll be here.

     
     
     

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