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February 14, 2015

Are you scanning your wines?

There are some interesting apps for smart phones called wine scanners. They help you keep track of the wines you like, let you rate them, let you see what your friends like, and let you share your likes with others. The two that I am familiar with are Vivino (top) and Delectable (bottom), both are free. Both of them let you take a picture of a bottle label and then they try to identify the wine. Both work surprisingly well at doing just that, and if they don't get it all right you have the option to edit the wine, vintage and grapes.

Neither one of them has advertising pop-ups, so how do they make money?

With Vivino you can upgrade to the Pro version ($4.99/month) which lets you keep track of your wine cellar's inventory, and with Delectable you can actually buy wines without ever leaving the app.

For me they serve a different purpose: I only scan the wines I like. Before I enter the wine store I take a quick look at the labels and names to refresh my memory. It makes it much easier and quicker for me to find what I'm looking for.

Highly recommended if you have, like me, a somewhat unreliable short term memory. (Delectable • delectable.com) • (Vivino • vivino.com)

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