Whether you are a wine connoisseur, a complete novice who just enjoys a sauvignon blanc with prawns on the barbie, or a foodie searching for the perfect wine to complement your meal, there is a wine app for you.
1. Selecting a Wine for Dummies
Free; iPhone, iPad, Android
Based on a book from the eponymous series, this is the perfect app for those who don't know their chardonnay from their pinot grigio. You can brush up on your knowledge of the world's great wine regions, impress your colleagues by describing wines as "earthy" or "flabby", use the food and wine pairing tool to enhance your dining experience, and create your ideal wine list by snapping photos of your favourite bottles. Just be a little cautious when following the pronunciation guide as you may end up sounding more like Austin Powers than Gérard Depardieu.
2. Berry Bros & Rudd
Free; iPhone, iPad
For those in the process of building the cellar of your dreams, this app, from Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant, features a useful vintage and maturity guide to help you determine when a wine is at its peak. With an impressive list of more than 6000 wines and detailed tasting notes, BB&R caters to the information-hungry wine enthusiast. Don't miss its unique virtual wine course which focuses on the major grape varieties and features tasting and serving tips. By the end of the series, you will even discover why pinot noir is compared to an "opera diva".
3. Wine Quest
Free; iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Even though it is US-centric, this app cleverly offers wine recommendations based on an initial taste profile interview, pooling together results to predict which wines you are likely to enjoy. By making use of the rating system to score wines you have already tasted, you can narrow down future wine suggestions and increase the probability they will suit your palate. And if you can't find any information on your favourite drop, just upload a photo of the wine label as Wine Quest promises to add it to its databank within 48 hours.
4. Approach Guides Wine
$2.99; iPhone, iPad
This app features many Australian wines and will appeal to the more discerning wine aficionado. With comprehensive notes on specific wine areas and a vintage guide, you can search for a wine by preferred style, grape variety or appellation. This allows those who know chablis is chardonnay to go straight to the wine, or those who favour sauvignon blanc to select it and discover sancerre. AG aims to offer you a wide selection of wines before suggesting food and wine matches. But as it says, in the end it is really up to you to choose what gets your taste buds singing.
5. Wine Events
Free; iPhone, iPad
Now that you have finished brushing up on your wine knowledge, it is finally time for the serious stuff, going out to sample some wines. Luckily, this app has already done all the research and lists major events happening near you. So whether you are in the Napa Valley, Melbourne, Sydney or London, you will find a plethora of public tastings, open cellar doors and master classes right on your doorstep. And if you subscribe to the Juice, their free email newsletter, you need never miss a great event again.