The convenience of grabbing wine at the grocery store cannot be beat. But how to pick the best bottles? These three free apps come to the rescue. Cheers to that!
Best for Social Drinkers: Crushed Wine
If you want to know what your social network is drinking (and loving), then this app’s for you (seen above). With an interface akin to Instagram—instead of “liking” a pic, users can “cheers” your vino as a virtual vote of confidence—and posting capabilities on Facebook and Twitter, Crushed forgoes ratings systems in favor of sharing.
Best for On-Trend Imbibers: Delectable
Used by many sommeliers for sharing real-time recommendations (that means fresh insider info for you!), this app’s newest feature is label-image recognition. Snap a pic of the bottle on the shelf to pull up its origin, ratings and user reviews instantly.
Best for Frequent Quaffers: Vivino
Like Netflix for wine lovers, the Vivino app generates picks based on your preferences. The more wine you rate in its four-million-bottle database, the more spot-on its suggestions.
Cookies and cream? Clearly. PB&J? As natural as breathing. But caramel and squid? Not the first things you’d think to pair for dinner. Yet a new app from Foodpairing (from free to $18 per month) says the combo works on the basis of compatible flavor components. In fact, the company has had a global science team analyze hundreds of ingredients and their chemical compounds, and now chefs use the tool to inspire new recipes. With civilian foodies taking to the technology, too, we decided to plug everyone’s fave fall ingredient into a search.