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With the holidays just around the corner, odds are you’ll be uncorking at least a couple bottles of wine. While you might not need any help emptying them, there are a bunch of solid Android apps out there that can help you pick out the best ones and share your experience with the wine-loving community at large. Now, I’m not a wine guy at all and usually reach for whatever’s in the bargain bin, but maybe with the help of some of these apps, we can classy things up a bit.  

Kendall-Jackson Recommends

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Kendall-Jackson, a Californian vineyard, provides a full tour of their selection of wines, and helps users pick out the best ones depending on occasion, time of day, mood, and preference between red and white. There’s also a food pairing section where you can drill down into specific kinds of fruits used in each batch.

Of course, Kendall-Jackson isn’t the only winery to have a matchmaking Android app; if you have a favorite brand, be sure to look them up in Google Play to explore what else they have to offer. The nice thing about an app made by specific wineries is that even if the descriptions are a little one-sided, they know their products well and are in the best position to suggest pairings.

Vivino

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This app is primarily used for adding wines to a wishlist and tracking what you have in your collection (though you’ll have to upgrade to pro for $4.99 for access to the latter function). Users can follow friends, leave notes on shared wines, and submit ratings along the way. The pro version also lets users search a database of 500,000 wines by name, and be fast-tracked for manual pairing suggestions. Beyond that, Vivino has a smooth, Holo-style user interface that’s amply responsive.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine 

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Okay, so it’s not really an app, but it’s in Google Play. Close enough, right? For $2.99, users can pick up the latest issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Be warned: this magazine is leans more towards the pros than amateurs, but either way, you’ll find lots of timely insight into the wide world of wines. There’s a lot of content related to (but outside) wines, such as dish recipes and suggestions for other types of alchols. Getting the latest issue was actually my first experience with Google Play Magazines, and to be honest it was pretty solid. There’s a text-only view, which provides great readability on smartphones, and a thumbnail filmstrip to quickly jump to different parts of the magazine.

Corkbin

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Corkbin, though very much in the same vein as Vivino, is a bit different in that it hinges primarily on tracking your history of wine and sharing it out to social networks like Twitter and Facebook. users can also leave ratings and comments, and see what’s being had nearby with a custom Google Maps data layer. There’s a simple pairing menu through the Extras menu, though it’s powered through another one of the top Android apps for wine, Hello Vino...

Hello Vino

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Hello Vino is a really great wine pairing and wine suggestion app. You can discover food pairing for the wines you already have, browse categories and subcategories of wines based on occasions, taste preferences, and wine varieties. Like many of the apps here, you can take pictures of the bottles you've enjoyed to include with your shares so others know what label to look for. To help find the best stuff, you can also build a personal wishlist and check blogger reviews on wines within the database. The UI is clearly ported from iOS, but all of the important functionality is still there.

So, any big wine fans out there? Which apps do you use to find the good stuff? Any particular favorite types of wine you could suggest for the holidays?

 

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The best wine apps for Android

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Wine apps? I don't drink anymore or any less...lol. On a serious note,' I have to drink today for the brave men and women who loss their lives 71 yrs ago today...Remember Pearl Harbor.

A good guideline I might recommend to follow is not to buy wine with medals on the label, I've had 100% bad experiences with this. Not kidding.
(may only apply to australian wine, however)

I use "Wine - List, Ratings & Cellar" by METOSPHERE to track my cellar. It's not the best wine cellar app out there, but it's the best free app out there. It does an ok job of tracking my cellar, with my ratings. It has a barcode scanning function that would be nice if it worked better. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars, but if you're looking for a wine cellar app that doesn't cost anything, it's adequate.

It's been frustrating to me that no app exists to build your library simply by scanning the barcode with the phone's camera (to my knowledge). We were close with Google Goggles, but it never materialized.

If the intelliscanner can do it, why can't an app? I'd pay money for this and I know I'm not alone. Combine with it an online interface and I'd even pay an annual subscription.

EDIT: I guess I just hadn't looked in a while. There appears to be quite a few new ones. Looking forward to trying some of them out.

You will find that smaller wineries play pretty fast and loose with the bar codes.
Many use one bar code for several varieties, especially if they are all priced the same.

The big industrial wineries have unique and reliable bar codes.

But a lot of the little interesting wineries you find in Washington and California don't fret about bar codes because they sell through their own tasting room or a few jobbers.

"ilaifire says:

At first I had thought that Wine was available for android and got really excited.
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Don't get too excited, after all Wine Is Not an Emulator.

I use Wine Secretary. My wife and I are getting into wine and that app is good to have so we can keep track of what we had already and if we liked or disliked it. It lets you create your own collection of wines you have tried and rate each one. There are a bunch of fields to fill in (price, year, region, type). It has over 1.2 million wines in their db to search for the wine you want to add or you can add one from scratch. It also allows you to take pictures of the front and back of the bottle to make it easier to pick out on the shelves if you forget what the label looked like. Highly recommend it.

Once Cellartrack makes a native app it will be the best app out there, until then I just use the website on the phone

Agreed! CellarTracker.com is great for tracking your wine you own and even will help give you a costing for your wine collection (at a cost). There is an app that I believe is only available for with Gingerbread called Cor.kz (and is available on iOS as well) that works nicely with your camera phone. It's a little quirky at first but once you get your process set it can go pretty quickly. Another one is TaWines that also integrates and updates your cellar database for you.

Interested in hearing what everyone else finds... I found it kinda lacking except for tracking your cellar.

Eric is working on CT apps but is first goal is new roll out of website, ocne that is done then he will start working on that and that im excited about!

I second - "Wine - List, Rating & Cellar" by METOSPHERE. The barcode works for common wines, but smaller production stuff usually isn't in there. They rely on users to upload the actual barcode to wine data.

I don't think it's so much to ask for an app that looks up a given wine and shows you other peoples' reviews. Even if just to get a description of what it tastes like (basic information most wine producers haven't worked out yet). Vino is the only one that comes close, but it's a horrible disappointment. You have to actually scan in the bottle's label. Good luck getting a good enough signal at the back of the wine shop or supermarket to upload an entire photograph of the wine's label. You can't just type the name. And most of the time it pulls up the wrong wine with a similar-looking label. Just Googling the name of the wine is more reliable.

You guys need to do an article like this on beer, too! The craft beer industry has exploded, and it's always nice to have information like this at my fingertips.

This! Have tried "Beer Free" and "Librewery" so far and been underwhelmed by both. Will give "Untappd" a shot and hope for the best, but would love a follow-up review of beer apps.