If you've been to Natalie MacLean's website, NatDecants.com, you have an idea of what you're in for with her new wine app. The Nat Decants Wine & Food Mobile App is truly an extension of her site, packed with food and wine pairing advice, and you can pick your starting point - the food or the wine and take your pairing from there. It's relevant, witty and always user-friendly, with fresh tips, real-time wine reviews and as always highly entertaining! Cost: Free
Drync Wine is a well-rated and user friendly iPhone wine app worth looking into. Along with what have become the "standard" wine finding features, this app boasts a solid cellar tracking component and 1.2 million wines in their database and over 250,000 professional wine reviews. Drync Wine brings good overall functionality and is easy to use. Cost: free to $4.99
If you are looking for an iPhone app that will offer up wine reviews and recs at the touch of a button, this just may be your answer. With over 500 new wine reviews added monthly, this is an app that will be up to date more often than not. Of course the wines reviewed stem from the Wine Enthusiast magazine's hardcopy reviews, so the focus will be largely for a U.S. audience. The glossary of terms and preliminary vintage charts are solid starting points. Cost: $4.99
This is an extremely user-friendly wine app, with a straight-forward interface and spot-on food and wine pairing recommendations. The wine recs and reviews are available via wine.com and offer up what you would find on the shelves of most wine shops, making those spur of the moment wine shop decisions just a bit easier. Cost: Free
Wine Snob's latest edition allows you to tag and snag a label image for your personal tasting records, in addition to finding wine pairing assistance in a pinch, or sifting through wine recs based on price points, grapes, and regions. They have a pretty impressive varietal listing and a wine and cheese pairing focus. This is an easy way to keep track of your own tasting notes, not necessarily utilized for picking up wine reviews and ratings, but a terrific way to log your own tastings and reviews. Love that Wine Snob offers a free backup service as well. Cost: $2.99
The WineStein iPhone app is uniquely geared for detailed food and wine pairings, specifically down to the individual ingredient level. It pairs tastes and textures of the food and the wine to give you the very best shot of coming up with a dynamite pairing. A fun app for both wine lovers and new chefs. Cost: $5.99
The Cellar iPhone App is targeted to those looking for some cellar management components, though if you are looking for assistance in managing a large cellar, this may not be what you are looking for. Cost: $2.99
On a totally different wine pairing note, WineDJ partners tunes with tannins, to try to match the mood and spirit of a wine with music that seems to speak the same language.
The Wine App Wrap-up
For under $5 or free in some cases, these wine apps are worth looking into, especially if you find yourself stumped when it comes to picking that perfect wine whether at the shop or the restaurant. These apps are designed to be your on call sommelier, ready and willing to suggest a wine (and more) at the touch of a button.