With the Holidays Season around, what can be a better gift than a bottle of fine wine to gift to people who matter the most in your lives? But lets face it guys: we’re not all wine wikipedias by default. I’m a wine enthusiast myself, and yet know so little about the technicalities of the wines I love. Shopping for wine is not super easy for me. That’s why when Hubby introduced me to Vivino, an app designed to give you a vivid picture of the vino that’s of any interest to you merely by scanning the bottle label, it was love at first sight ! The Vivino app has several cool features including:
- A perfect camera to take a snapshot of the wine label which you need the information about.
- All relevant info regarding the wine including the winery, the year, the average rating given by other users, white or red wine and the average price. You can add your own rating, place you bought it from and price you bought it at, right away.
- The reviews of other users and an option to add your own review.
- The option to add this wine to your wishlist or your cellar.
- The scanned wine’s percentile ranking (top 5% or top 10%) regionally, country-wide and globally.
- The winery’s bio, ratings, the name of the grape the wine comes from and a list of places selling this wine.
- Recommendations for food pairing that’ll go best with this wine.
- The vintage comparison across years and the years best enjoyed between.
- The option to add a personal note in the end.
- The option to “report incorrect data” if you don’t agree with the info that comes up.
- The “Search” option that allows you to locate a suitable wine according to your taste, if you don’t have a bottle to scan.
- The “Add Friends” option that allows you to follow wine tasting of your friends and share your own with them.
- Info as well as email updates on the latest and the best wine deals.
- An entire list of nearby stores and restaurants where various wines are available, upon the entry of your current location.
- A section to add your bio, your website if any, your geographic location, a social networking section for your followers and people you’re following, your ratings and reviews of different wines, and your very own wishlist.
- An option to invite your Facebook and Twitter friends and GMail contacts and follow other featured users.
He organized dinners where sumptuous dishes and rare wines were served. He refused to smoke for fear of harming his palate, and when discussing a wine, he had a curious, rather droll habit of referring to it as though it were a living being. “A prudent wine”, he would say, “rather diffident and evasive, but quite prudent.”Or, “a good-humored wine, benevolent and cheerful-slightly obscene, perhaps, but nonetheless good-humored.”
At one of these dinners, an overly confident Mr. Pratt accepted the challenge of coming up with the exact name, winery and year of a wine simply by tasting it: if he won, he would win a girl in marriage; if he lost he would hand down all his assets to the girl’s father. With every sip Pratt took, out came one revelation:
A very interesting little wine-gentle and gracious, almost feminine in the aftertaste…..it is far too light in the body to be from either St. Emilion or Graves. It is obviously a Me′doc…..then in the aftertaste, delightful- consoling and feminine, with a certain blithely generous quality that one associates only with the wines of the commune of St. Julien…so this wine is from Bordeauax, from the commune of St. Julien, in the district of Me′doc….it is a fourth growth from a very good year….tannin in the middle taste, and the quick astringent squeeze upon the tongue….this wine comes from one of those small vineyards around Beychevelle……you know what this is? This is the little Chateau Branaire-Ducru…and the year, 1934.
Looks like if Roald Dahl were around, he would have rechristened Mr. Pratt as Mr. Vivino.
A concern however is that will the popularity of such apps put taste buds of specialists like Pratt out of work? With the advent of such apps, will food and wine tasting slowly fall into categories of other extinct professions? Will such apps ruin the spontaneity of wine tasting and all the spirited discussions and make our choices too mechanical ? Only time can tell. Solo il tempo puo’ dirlo.