Six Useful Wine Apps For 2020Useful wine apps for smartphones, tablets or online can be handy tools for wine enthusiasts, whether we’re at home or out on a Wine Adventure. I’ve used many good apps over the past decade, but sadly some of the best were unable to sustain a following and are no longer available. But today there are several very useful wine apps available that continue to provide excellent service, so let’s review a few of them.

Before downloading new wine apps, especially apps that aren’t free, we should consider what we want to do with them. The most common uses might include:

  • Tasting notes
  • Cellar management
  • Food and wine pairing
  • Comparing prices
  • Buying hard-to-find, not locally available or attractively priced wines
  • Wine education

A few good apps support several of these functions, others specialize in just a specific area. I’ve selected six apps that, while they are just a small subset of wine apps available today, provide a solid foundation for supporting our wine experiences.

CellarTracker 

CellarTracker wine app logoCellarTracker is a great all-round app for capturing tasting notes and tracking cellar inventory. Tasting notes are relatively simple, just check a few boxes, set a rating value (number), then fill in a standard text box with notes in your own words. Notes can be kept private or shared with other CellarTracker users if you choose to join an active community with the world’s largest collection of wine reviews.

Inventory management is full-featured and captures every conceivable bit of information regarding current inventory and how each bottle was acquired, sold, traded or consumed. Want to purchase additional bottles of a specific wine? CellarTracker provides links to retail apps Wine-Searcher and Vivino – more on those apps below.

Basic membership to capture your tasting notes and track inventory is free, an annual donation of about $45 is requested if you want to share your tasting notes, view tasting notes posted by other members, and access additional features.

Available for iOS, Android and online.

Wine-Searcher

Wine Searcher wine app logoWine-Searcher is a great online wine finder, providing an extensive database of retail sources, prices and ratings. A large number of retailers participate, from shops to auction houses. After identifying wine you want to buy, click through to the seller’s web site to make the purchase. You may even find shops near you that can provide the wine you’re looking for off the shelf.

Basic functionality is free, additional search capabilities and market information suitable for wine professionals and serious collectors are available in the Pro version for around $68 per year.

Available for iOS, Android and online.

Vivino

Vivino wine app logoVivino is a widely used source of retail wine information and a comprehensive marketplace offering one of the largest catalogs of wine for sale. If you’re looking for wines not available locally or great deals, check out Vivino.

Available for iOS, Android and online.

Wine.com

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Wine.com start screen

Wine com wine app logoWine.com may have the largest inventory of wine and spirits for sale from around the world, plus gift sets and accessories. If you like deals, get on their mailing list to be notified of current specials.

Available for iOS, Android and online.

Pocket Wine Pairing

Pocket Wine Pairing wine app logoOne of the most detailed sources of wine/food pairing information available. Pick a wine and the app suggests the right foods, enter what you’re cooking and the app suggests a complimentary wine. A very easy to use app for meal planning and wine selections. App also has basic cellar inventory functionality.

Basic pairing is free, a large encyclopedia-like volume of information about wine producing regions, wine styles, and grape varietals is available as an in-app purchase ($3.99).

Available for iOS only.

Decanter – Know Your Wine

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Decanter Know Your Wine – superior wine education in the palm of your hand

Decanter Know Your Wine wine app logoDecanter’s Know Your Wine app is a progressive wine education course. The material is what one would experience while pursuing a career as a wine professional, but any wine enthusiast would enjoy the presentations. Basic information is provided in the free app, with modules focusing on specific wine producing regions and styles available as in-app purchases ($0.99 each). Grab a glass, find a comfortable spot and enjoy this app.

Available for iOS, Android and online.

In Summary

Since all these apps are free with their basic functions, I encourage downloading each of them and going for a test drive. With so many apps to choose from, finding the ones that fit your needs comes down to your specific needs and personal preferences. Cheers!