4 Great Apps for Buying Wine

 | You’re in the grocery store and at the end of your shopping list, and find yourself wandering down the wine aisle. You need a nice bottle for tonight — maybe to bring to a friend’s house, or to share for a romantic evening — but you’re bored of the same old bottles and you want something new. So what should you go for — that fancy pinot with the pretty label (that’s got to mean it’s good, right?) or that bargain cab sav (at least if it’s bad, you didn’t spend too much)?

Thankfully, modern technology is here to help. Stop second-guessing yourself in the store and purchase a winning wine every time with these top-rated apps.

CellarTracker

Features

Get tasting notes from consumers and professionals, scan labels and barcodes, manage your collection.

Best For

Aspiring sommeliers

Cost

Free

Hello Vino

Features

Learn about wine and pairing with food, scan labels, and buy through the app.

Best For

Newer drinkers

Cost

Freemium

Vivino

Features

Find ideal wine-food pairings, scan labels, get ratings, compare with other wines, and buy directly through the app.

Best For

Newer drinkers

Cost

Free

Wine-Searcher

Features

Track down hard-to-find bottles, expand your wine knowledge, scan labels, read and make tasting notes.

Best For

Collectors tracking down rare bottles

Cost

Free

By Kasia Pawlowska and Jessica Gliddon

This article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of Marin Magazine.


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