When you start to get interested in wine and want to learn more, the first thing people will tell you is that the best way to learn about wine is drink more of it. Keeping track of the wine you like, however, can be kind of a pain. Do you write stuff down in a notebook? Do you just keep a mental note of what you like?
There are a few wine apps out there for your phone that help keep track of the wine you drink, but I hadn't found any that I liked until last week.
Last week I went to Napa for the first time and discovered the Vivino app that helps you learn about and keep track of the wine you try. It's been around since 2009, but this was the first time I had tried it out.
How It Works
To start, you set up a quick profile to store all the wines you drink. Then, whenever you have a new bottle of wine you simply take a photo of the label of the wine with the app and it identifies the bottle. You can write what you think about the wine, rate it, and see what other people thought about it as well.
The app also keeps track of everything you try and makes recommendations based on what you've enjoyed thus far. I particularly enjoy this feature because I really don't want to keep track of wine I like in a notebook or look up the wine online to learn more about it. So easy!