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.
Wine Spectator's Guide to Napa Valley
If you are planning a wine-focused trip to Napa – an essential pilgrimage for any enthusiast – this app is the tool for plotting your visit. It features articles about Napa wine culture, wine reviews, video interviews with leading winemakers (Bill Harlan, John and Doug Shafer), and a point-by-point guide to Napa wineries, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. [$5; iPad]