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Feb 01

One of My Favorite Sauvignon Blancs

By: Cresta

I recently bought a bottle of Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 after first trying it at P.F. Chang’s a few weeks ago. It is now one of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs.

Brancott Sauvignon Blanc has a pale straw color with a hint of green.  It is aromatic with distinct smells of pineapple and grapefruit.  An intensely fruity wine with flavors of gooseberry, tropical fruit and lemon-lime, but well-balanced with its invigorating high acidity.

Marlborough is one of New Zealand’s sunniest, driest areas. Lots of sunshine combined with cool nights and a long growing season helps promote the lively fruit flavors for which this region is famous. Brancott Vineyard is where the original Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted.

And, just this week Brancott Estate launched a new smartphone app (compatible with Apple and Android) called World’s Most Curious Bottle. There are 14 ‘unique consumer experiences’ on the free app, including entertainment, food pairings, tasting notes and more. Users can unlock the experiences by scanning the QR code on the new Brancott Estate labels…pretty cool. Cheers!


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Jan 13

Hello Vino! Cool App for Any Wine Lover

By: Cresta

I recently downloaded an app to my iPhone so that I have notes handy when I’m in the wine aisle or out at a restaurant. Hello Vino is a great app for any wine lover, with many options to choose from. You can download the app for iPhone or Android, and it’s FREE.

You can choose a wine:

  • To go with a specific meal or food.  Select the food – from pizza to cheese to dessert – and Hello Vino will provide suggestions on the best wine pairing.
  • For an occasion. Whether it’s a gift, special holiday or a tasting party, get suggestions on the type of wine you should consider, including at least three specific recommendations.
  • By taste preference. The app selects the best wines to fit your taste, whether that’s red, white, pink. Dry, fruity, sweet.
  • By country, then by region. Know that you prefer wines from Argentina? Tap that and Hello Vino provides different regions to choose from, then at least three specific recommendations.
  • There’s also a section dedicated to Holiday Wines and Gifts.

This app includes a search function so that you may search by brand name, food pairing and taste preference. There’s also a wine label image recognition function (but you must purchase label scanner credits to use this). The My Wines tab allows you to save favorites, as well as wines that you’d like to try (Wishlist). There’s also a Reviews tab with two-minute audio reviews of select wines. Give the wine a thumbs up and save it to your shopping list. Share the wine on Facebook or Tweet it. Each wine highlights tasting notes and includes an average price.

You can download this app from the iTunes App Store and the Android Market. Or visit www.hellovino.com.

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Feb 16

New Mobile Wine App

Over on my Wine & Food Pairing page, you’ll find a widget from my friend Natalie MacLean that helps you pair just about any food with any wine, beer, or spirit.
Natalie has taken that up one notch. She has just launched a new mobile application for iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as a web-based app for BlackBerry, Droid and other smartphones. The new mobile version includes all the pairings in the original widget, plus thousands of wine reviews, recipes, articles, blog posts, glossary definitions, cellar journal and winery directory. Even better, the new app is free.

Some features of the new app (as listed in the press release):

  • Find 380,000 professionally tested food and wine pairings (not generated by computer algorithm)
  • Access thousands of wine reviews by an independent journalist
  • Search the reviews by winery, price, score, region, grape, vintage, food match
  • Track your wines in your virtual cellar and add your own journal notes and scores
  • Search a directory of 10,000+ wineries to buy wine or plan a visit
  • Find thousands of tasty, tested recipes for every wine
  • Get wine savvy with articles, glossary definitions & blog posts
  • Share on Twitter, Facebook and e-mail with friends

It does look like you have to sign up for her free email newsletter to access the My Cellar portion of the mobile app. The My Cellar section lets you add bottles and your own reviews, which I assume are then hosted (privately – not shared) on Natalie’s servers.

iTunes Link / Web-based App

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