Drink like a con­nois­seur.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

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.

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