While you scroll through pictures of over-saturated green smoothies on Instagram, I’m unearthing the best Chardonnay within five kilometres for less than $20.
Is it a little bit sad I use a wine app more than I do my calendar? Maybe. (Definitely.) But it’s adding so much value to my life that I’m willing to overlook any criticism, and ignore anyone telling me I’m ‘probably an alcoholic’ (keyword is ‘probably’).
Vivino has 22 million users worldwide. And it makes wine just… so easy.
This is not a sponsored post, either. I just want to walk you through the app that’s changed my life this Summer.
It’s not a simple ‘database’ of information… it’s a fluid, moving community built around an appreciation of wine. Everyone helps each other. Rich or poor. Red or white.
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Vivino offers four services that will make your relationship with wine the best it’s ever been. Here’s a run-down of all four:
1. Wine list scanner.
Open the app. Hover phone screen over wine list. Rating pops up next to each wine.
Oh. My. Goodness.
You can then tap each rating to get a description of the wine, a comparison of each vintage (year) and a taste profile, as well as reviews from other people who’ve recently tried it.
It’s basically an unbiased sommelier in your pocket.
I went for dinner last week and because I think I speak wine, I picked one 'by the glass' I thought I'd enjoy. A 2013 Shiraz. I hovered the Vivino scanner over the list before ordering, to review my decision. Lo and behold, it had a 2.4/5 rating.
But the scanner revealed a 3.9/5-rated Cabernet Sauvignon from 2015 sitting at the bottom of the menu I had completely overlooked... which was actually cheaper.