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Tech Review: Apps help wine drinkers make informed choices

These free apps can help wine buffs or

These free apps can help wine buffs or wine beginners make informed choices. Credit: iStock

Even before December rolls to its raucous conclusion on New Year's Eve, you may be hoisting a glass of wine in a holiday toast or looking to purchase a bottle as a gift. These apps can help wine buffs or wine beginners make informed choices.

Next Glass

(iOS, Android; free)

This just-released app could be subtitled "better drinking through chemistry." As you build up a "taste profile" by rating the wines you enjoy, the app analyzes thousands of wines in its database to find others with similar chemical compounds and offers recommendations. To see if a wine is right for you, you can enter the name or use the app to scan a bottle's label, although the scanner was able to read the labels in only about half of our tests.

Drync Wine Scanner

(iOS, Android; free)

Enjoying a glass of wine at a holiday event and would like to buy a bottle for yourself? Ask the host to let you use this app to shoot a picture of the label. Drync will tell you where it can be bought and the price, and in many instances you can order directly from the app. The app also offers advice and reviews of wines by its "in-house sommeliers."

Hello Vino Wine Assistant

(iOS, Android; free)

Hello Vino is aimed at casual wine drinkers who need help making the right choice for themselves while ordering a glass at a restaurant or choosing a gift bottle for a more wine-worldly friend. In a restaurant, tell the app what you are eating, and it will find a match. Hello Vino's biggest asset is its searchable database, which it says contains more than 6 million wines.

Local Wine Events

(iOS, Android; free)

Because nobody likes to drink alone, this app can help you find events near you where like-minded people are gathering. The app has listings for an array of wine-related happenings, including wine tastings, food and wine festivals and events at many Long Island vineyards. The app is a companion to local and its sister site local, a place for those who prefer their drinks with a head on them.


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