Drink like a connoisseur.
WHETHER you’re playing host or guest this holiday season, pairing the perfect bottle with dinner or saying thanks to the hosts, it helps to know which drop is tops.
When you’re short of time and faced with hundreds of bottles of red and fridges full of white, it helps to have someone to recommend a tipple that’s right for you.
Even if you’re a wine lover, you may be far from being a wine expert. That’s where technology comes in.
With smartphones in our pockets, the decision- making process need not be so arduous.
Mobile apps and websites are here to help you pair food and wine like a connoisseur, give you tips on how to store a choice drop, pick the right vintage and even list the ones you have liked best in the past, so others can learn from your successes.
And as trendy New York restaurants are now enlisting armies of ipads for customers to peruse varietals, perhaps soon the days of flicking through a thick wine list will be over.
‘‘ QR codes’’ ( quick- read barcodes for mobile phones) are heading into the bottle shop too, with Cellar Key producing the digital barcodes that customers can scan with their phones to access online information such as the winemaker’s website, reviews, pairings, recipes and even videos of the vineyard it originated from.
Here’s a list of apps and gadgets to keep you swishing and sipping through the silly season.