Some weeks ago I was invited to a dinner party and I found myself with the same dilemma I always have when I go to a friend’s house for dinner: what should I bring? You can ask the host and if you are lucky he or she will tell you what to bring to the party. If not, I for example, always go for a bottle of wine. Even if your friend tells you that you don’t need to bring anything he or she will really appreciate the gesture. I would avoid preparing a dessert or any other dish, seeing that you are going to a dinner party I assume the food is already included.

Red or white, dry or sparkling?

If you bring a bottle of white wine it can be served for example with the appetizers or with a fish dish, if you bring a bottle of red wine it can be served with for example red and white meat. I found a very useful chart online in case you are the one hosting the dinner party or in case you already know the menu of the evening.

So, you have chosen to buy a bottle of wine but what to do if you are not a sommelier or an expert. No worries, I think this next mobile app, available for both Android, iOs and Windows, will be able to help you with that.

Find the best wine with your Smartphone

The app is called Vivino and their slogan is Find the best wine. It’s really easy to use. Once you have installed the app and you open it you can find a small camera icon on the bottom of the screen. Click on this icon and take a clear picture of the label you find on the bottle of wine. Follow the instructions and the app will scan the label and give you a detailed review of the wine (even its average price).

The information you get is based on user reviews, so you can also give your rating and let others know what you thought about the wine and if you agree or disagree with the given review. In the menu you can also find a lot of other interesting stuff such as articles about how long a wine should age or what you can learn from the color of the wine, how to get the best quality wine at any price point, etc.

And, if your phone knows your location it can also provide you a list of restaurants, business and supermarkets who sell wines that have been rated by Vivino’s users.

I usually only use the app for the reviews and I personally think it’s Vivino’s strength. The app has been improving every day and its number of users is increasing steadily so don’t feel embarrassed if for the moment you are the only one taking pictures of bottles in a supermarket, soon you will see that next to you someone else is doing the same thing.

Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think about this app.