• Catarina Alexon

    What a handy app, Jeri!

    Can’t help wondering though what’s wrong with the advice you get from your wine merchant? What I’m trying to say is that we are getting to dependent on apps for everything. An app will not make you a connoisseur du vin. My late father was, despite livingn in a world with no apps:-)

    • Jeri Walker

      Catarina, my article doesn’t state that anything is wrong with seeking advice from a wine merchant. I’ll talk to anyone and everyone when it comes to seeking out good wines, and also visit the wineries around my home on a regular basis. An app is just a tool. No more, no less.

  • Cheryl Therrien

    If I was a wine drinking, I would most definitely take advantage of this app. You KNOW I like apps. LOL This really does sound like a great one.

    • Jeri Walker

      Cheryl, it really is an all inclusive app for anyone who has more than a passing interest in wine. I plan on using it for a long time to come.

  • Debra Yearwood

    I use my memory (so clearly a flawed process). I used to have a little note book or keep comments in but then I gradated to using my phone until I realized that while I may like the 2011 bottle of a certain wine, I won’t necessarily like the 2012 offering. Now I explore, listen to advice and return to reliable wineries. I also spend a fair bit of time chatting with the folks at the wine stores I shop at. I think using a combination of approaches is useful.

    • Jeri Walker

      Debra, I’m all for a combination approach as well when it comes to finding great wines. It’s just super-handy to have an app that can keep track of things.

  • Jacqueline Gum

    OMG!!! Too cool! But being a Blackberry user, I often don’t get cool apps like this! How do I keep track of the things I like? The old-fashioned way! I soak of the labels and keep them in a book 🙂 Now I feel really, really un-hip:)

    • Jeri Walker

      Jacquie, that’s quite a lovely way to keep track actually. You must have a stunning collection of labels.

  • This is a great find, Jeri – more and more often i catch myself in the store, staring at the wine bottles (they stare right back at me) and wondering – “OK, i know i tried this one last week – but did i like it? should i buy it again? what should i buy?”

    That’s the problem with having so much choice… There were times when we had just 2 bottles of wine in the store – 1 that said “red wine” and another that said “white wine” – not that i want that time back though! But i digress…

    I am downloading this app right away – if nothing else, i will keep better track of what i have tried and liked, and whatnot… an added benefit is that we’ll become “drinking buddies” he-he – is Susan also on Vivino??? see you there, ladies 😀

    • Jeri Walker

      Diana, I’m glad you want to try the app. I’m on the site as JeriWB. Susan joined when I first told her about the app, but has yet to add to it.

  • Jagoda

    There’s an APP for everything nowadays, isn’t there? I’m lucky to live next door to a wine merchant and Somalier, so I’m never short on good wines. She hosts food and wine pairing tastings which are really fun. Often, she includes a chef at these. My favorite, though, is her Sip’NSoak — pedicure and wine anyone?

    • Jeri Walker

      Jagoda, I am soooo jealous 😉 Everyone should be as lucky as you to such a great wine buddy.

  • Rebecca Thompson

    My husband is generally the app I use! I think this app may be a much better option 🙂

    • Jeri Walker

      Becc, I think this app was made for you 😉

  • Well this is rather interesting, but I like the Susan Cooper commentary 🙂

    • Jeri Walker

      Liz, thanks for stopping by.

  • Hi Jeri,

    Nice to see you on Susan’s blog. I am not a drinker, but my wife enjoys wine, so I have told her about the Vivino application. She’s not much for online activities, but she will look at the app and see if it’s worth storing her favorite Merlots and Shiraz wines in it,

    Kind Regards,
    Bill

    • Jeri Walker

      Bill, thanks for letting your wife know about the app. I downloaded it months ago, but only recently have really started to get into exploring its full capabilities. It really is a great app.

  • Denise Baer

    This is a great app. I wish they had one for restaurants. Since I suffer from migraines, I have tremendously decreased my drinking, like hardly ever. But this app is probably great for the wine lovers.

    When I do decide to pick a wine, I go with a white or rose, and always check the fruits and finish. I don’t like citrusy wines, which tend to have a bitter finish. I love smooth finishes. I’ve never been disappointed in a wine that was described as having a smooth finish.

    • Jeri Walker

      Denise, I would be curious too if there’s an app like this but exclusively for restaurants. I use TripAdvisor to write short reviews of the places I eat, but they allow reviews of anything related to food and travel, so it can be hard to filter out all the noise. I think you would really love the late harvest Sauvignon Blanc I picked up last weekend at the Sawtooth Winery here in Idaho. I can’t wait to try some wines when I get to Germany 🙂

  • What a brilliant idea. Why not get an education while you are drinking? It’s hard to get to know all wines unless you’re connoisseur , so this seems like a perfect solution. Good post Jeri.

    • Jeri Walker

      A.K., I like to think of the app as a discovery tool. It helps the rest of us get our connoisseur act together.

  • laurazera

    This sounds like a very cool app, and I think my sister would love it. As for me, I’d forget to record the information, and still just end up picking things willy-nilly based on how pretty I find the label.

    • Jeri Walker

      Laura, nothing wrong with picking wine based on pretty labels. We all do it 🙂

  • Valerie Remy-Milora

    That sounds like a “must-have” app Jeri! My dad is a wine connaisseur and I grew up sampling some truly splendid wines! He started his own records way before the time of apps. He would remove the labels from the bottle, which was not always an easy process, and place them in albums with handwritten comments.. what he thought of the wine, occasion wine was sampled, what distinguished one wine from another, etc… It’s a priceless collection. I wonder if he’d switch to this app… we’ll have to see.

    • Jeri Walker

      Valerie, I can only imagine how interesting your father’s collection of labels and notes must be. There is a story in all the things we do, that much is for sure and such collections whether in app or print form aide our memories.

  • Very cool, I’ll have to check it out… does it include box wines?? Joking, I’ve moved on to mostly bottles of wine these days.

    • Jeri Walker

      Dan, their index is huge, so box wines just may be in the database 😉

  • Jason Butler

    The Vivino App seems pretty cool. Its like a Yelp for wine.

    • Jeri Walker

      Jason, yes the concept is similar to Yelp and other review sites only their is a more social aspect as well.

  • Jon Jefferson

    This looks similar to the untapped app for beers. It’s great to see stuff like this. It helps to build the community and help people find new stuff to try.

    • Jeri Walker

      Jon, I’ll have to check the untapped app out to compare.

  • Hi Jeri, You post rocks and so do you. Thanks for all your help and support while I’ve been plowing through this moving stuff. 🙂

  • Jerianne

    I see I’m a little late to the conversation…but just found your post. I am curious if you’ve ever ordered one of Vivino’s featured wines and, if so, how you’d rate your experience.