By Kori ~ December 29th, 2010.
In this day and age, there are numerous apps, websites, and software programs that fight for the attention of wine lovers. All promise to help you with some aspect of your wine experience, whether it be keeping an inventory of your wine collection, recording tasting notes, accessing reviews at your fingertips, or any number of other tasks. But how are you to know which ones are worth your time and money? Periodically, we will feature something that falls into the general category of wine technology that we have personally found to be helpful.
Do you ever wish that you had paid more attention in French class so that you could read the labels on French wines without sounding foolish to your friends? Would you like to be able to order an Italian wine in a restaurant without garnering snickers from the wait staff? Are you intimidated by German wine words like Trockenbeerenauslese? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Enotria Guide iPhone App could be for you.
The Enotria Guide is the first and, to my knowledge, only audio app for wine pronunciation. The guide contains over 200 terms and covers the major regions of France, Italy, and Germany. Either type a term in the search box or follow the menus to find what you are looking for, then tap the speaker icon next to the term and you will hear the word pronounced for you. You can also choose the Play All option to hear all of the words in a particular category pronounced.
If you would like to save a term to refer back to later, simply hold down on it for two seconds and it will be saved to your Study Guide. From the app’s home page, you can click on Study to quickly access your saved terms.
Melissa Lavrinc Smith, a Wine and Spirits Consultant for K&L Wine Merchants, developed the Enotria Guide. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, a Sommelier, and a Certified Sake Professional. In future upgrades and releases, Ms. Smith plans to add more terms, include more countries and regions, and incorporate Google Maps integration.
No matter your level of wine knowledge, this app can be helpful to have in your reference library. And how convenient to be able to carry it with you at all times.
So, if you received an iTunes gift card for Christmas and are wondering what to buy with it, I encourage you to visit the Apple App Store and check out the Enotria Guide which sells for $2.99. And for those of you who don’t have an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, the Enotria Guide is also available on CD.
Full Disclosure: We received a promo code to demo this app.
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