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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by borderless, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. borderless

    borderless Member
    Thread Starter

    Has anyone found any good wine tracking apps that...

    1) inventory wines you own/want, etc.
    2) tag them, photograph labels, etc.
    3) explore wine ratings

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  2. HotDawg

    HotDawg Android Enthusiast

    That's a great idea. Right now I just have two notebook files - one for wines we liked, one for wines we didn't.
    Barcode entry would be neat, too. I'm diggin' the barcode entries.
  3. mobil3gen

    mobil3gen Android Enthusiast

  4. bluenova

    bluenova OK Computer

    Yes Swirl is the best one I've come across and they have recently introduced tagging. I was surprised there were not more apps related to wine. I wish they would use standard Android UI templates though I hate apps that stick out like a sore thumb.

    For anyone technically minded, we are talking about the drink, not the ability to run Windows applications under Linux :D
  5. crabman

    crabman Well-Known Member

    Thought I would bring this back up and see if there is any new discoveries in the app department. I have swirl which is all right but could be better.
  6. Sashi

    Sashi Lurker

    Hi everybody,

    I like Swirl, but I wrote it so I might be biased. Just out of curiosity, what else would you like the app to do? What do you think it does well now and what could it do better?
    To be honest, the order that features get added to Swirl are largely request/feedback driven, and the feedback has been great.

    thanks for your help
  7. last rites

    last rites Newbie

    i would like to see a bar code scanner built into it. so when i'm in a store looking at different brands i could scan the bottle and it would bring up reviews from maybe like wine spectator, wine enthusiast

    ever thought about making one for cigars?
  8. crabman

    crabman Well-Known Member

    Last rites hit one of my thoughts already, a bar code scanner that pulls up the search information would save a lot of time.

    Rather than just the under 20 dollar categories I would add in say 20 to 50 and 50 and up. You can kinda paste in your own numbers but the idea is a low/mid/high range.

    In search as often as not there is nothing other than the label to be found and as I use the search function I am already in the store holding the bottle in my hand and already know what the label says. Most labels are not incredibly helpful in determining how the wine was made and the other factors that will tell if a bottle might be one I might enjoy. This last one is a tough one because I do not know how you come up with this information in an app of this scope but its something that would make it much more valuable to me.

    Being able to keep track of what I already have cellared would be nice.

    Things I like. It works. Seriously, there are plenty of apps that have issues but this one appears to be hashed out, It has never force closed or caused any problems. The layout is is good, simple intuitive succinct. When I do hit paydirt with it it works well.
  9. DatacomGuy

    DatacomGuy Android Enthusiast

    Agreed with above! And a cigar app would be fabulous, and I may know someone interested..
  10. last rites

    last rites Newbie

    maybe even add a section for the home brewers. they could enter the info for each batch. how many bricks, sugar, alcohol content ect...

    i would have posted this earlier but was busy with my romeo Y julieta :)
  11. crabman

    crabman Well-Known Member

    Well rites, you talked me into it, I have a rather nice old vine I opened the other day that needs to be revisited.
  12. bluenova

    bluenova OK Computer

    A couple of things I'd like to see...

    Search by Region (selection list not free search)

    More non-US wines

    Reverse pairing - We can already pair food with wine, it would be nice to be able to pair wine with food. I know you can use free seach but again it would be nice to browse a list.

    Another wise a great app and the new theme is much nicer than the old one.
  13. mbrindam

    mbrindam Lurker

    Like Sashi, I'm biased, as I wrote this, but Drync Wine Pro has just been released. It has most of what you're looking for, and what's missing will be added in later releases. Please let me know what you think!

    Drync Wine Pro for Android

  14. keyesdav

    keyesdav Lurker

    I've got to go with Swirl here. The app has been improving steadily over the last year, and things are looking really good. Saw a review recently (Review of Android App Swirl) where the dev said that bar code scanning is coming too!
    Hal_Chase likes this.
  15. Hal_Chase

    Hal_Chase Well-Known Member

    I didn't know I needed this app until now so thanks for putting it on my radar. :)

    Used to have an ok app on my BlackBerry but since switching to Android I've missed it.
  16. guttyla

    guttyla Well-Known Member

    Wine Phd.
  17. tcat007

    tcat007 Android Expert

    Here's a new app I came across that looks pretty good: iVino Free for Android | AppBrain.com (at least for us novices that just want to do minor research while shopping for some Boones Farm).
  18. absinthiana

    absinthiana Lurker

    Hi all -
    I just recently got a galaxy tab and have been perusing wine guide apps. Swirl is ok but for me I want to know that the recomendations are coming from an actual person who tries the wine and gives their opinion. There are a lot of wine guides out there that seem more or less soul-less data crunching.

    I do not mean to spam (if I am then mods feel free to edit and please accept my apologies) but you have to view it to know what Im getting at. This app is limited to argentine wines but its more along the line of a more personal touch, because it goes with a blog wineguideargentina dot net called Santiago's Wine Guide Argentina although I'd like to know a bit more about Santiago and his wine expertise.

    The app can be downloaded from android market for free use key words wine guide argentina

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