With half a million apps in the iTunes store, it's little surprise that the past few years have seen an explosion in wine apps. Most of these are fairly rudimentary programs with vintage charts, wine ratings, and food pairings – the kind of stuff better served up in a wine magazine or a guidebook. A choice few are more ambitious, making the most of smartphone and tablet technology with guides, maps, videos, and detailed advice. Here are three worthy ones out today.
This is the most useful resource out there for the casual wine browser. Search for a wine and you will be connected to professional and user-generated reviews from CellarTracker, the world's biggest bottle-management site. You can scan the bar code on a bottle and bring up the information, get price comparisons, keep track of your personal wine inventory after you make purchases, or find a wine store, bar, or winery nearby. Simply put, it is the most comprehensive of the all-in-one wine apps. [$3; iPhone, Android, iPad]