Let’s be honest: when it comes to wine apps, the choices are overwhelming. So, flooded with options, the Biltmore Hotels & Suites in Santa Clara waded into the water to find the perfect balance of local flavor and supermarket savy that hits the spot for both the everyday enthusiast and sommelier in training. Read on to discover what to use for everything from get-away tours of Silicon Valley and Santa Clara to Monday night wine 101.
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Santa Clara Wine Region – The mobile guide to wine in Silicon Valley, the app includes a directory of Santa Clara Valley wineries, restaurants and hotels, an events calendar, winery iPhone specials and one-day wine trail suggestions based on seasonal, geographic and wine themes.
Livermore Valley Wineries – Livermore Valley Wine Country is home to more than 50 wineries, ranging from small family-owned operations to historic industry leaders. Focusing on Livermore area wineries along with a sampling of local businesses and events, the app provides the need-to-know information for a day or weekend among local vines.
Napa Valley and Sonoma County Wine Country – The app, by WineCountry.com, is a go-to for Napa Valley and Sonoma County wine adventures. Updated daily by people who live and work in the region, the app features a full calendar of events, pre-planned itineraries, tasting discounts and special offers, need-to-know information on local wineries and restaurants and functionality without cell service.
Delectable – Described as the Instagram of wine apps, the app lets you take photos of what you’re drinking and share them with friends as well as follow others’ wine adventures including industry big-timers. The app also identifies and catalogs your wines based on label photos you submit, lets you rate wines and even buy a bottle with a few swipes of the finger.
WineSimple – Focusing on supermarket wines (what the vast majority of wine drinkers buy), WineSimple profiles wines by an individual’s personal taste. By taking the app’s Taste Quiz, WineSimple matches users to wines it thinks they’ll love. Then, rating the wines in the app, WineSimple’s matching algorithm narrows down its list of wine recommendations. Once the app knows what you like, they’ll recommend wines based upon where you shop thanks to their growing friendships with retailers who share their inventory lists.
Vivino Wine Scanner - Backed by Forbes and Venture Beat, Vivino is a perfect fit for the casual wine-drinker. Scan a wine label and use the image to look up the wine’s tech sheets, ratings, winemaker’s notes and more. Once you’ve tasted the wine, rate it based on a five-star scale to remember which ones you want to savor again and which ones you wish you could forget.
LocalWineEvents.com - Explore upcoming local wine and food events while on-the-go. The app lets you search your area as well as other cities to find and read event details, purchase tickets and check-in to events – all with a single click. This is the place to get in the (vi)know.
Wine Dictionary – Do terms like terroir, Bacchus or trocken ring a bell? If not, have no fear. Wine Dictionary, the secret to transforming into a true oenophile, covers 1,400 wine-related terms making it your go-to for your next wine-tasting, head-scratching conversation.
And when you’re ready to close those apps and head home, the Biltmore Hotels & Suites in Santa Clara will be waiting for you. From a Santa Clara Romantic Escape Package for a special weekend to brunch at our Montague’s Cafe on your girlfriend getaway weekend – the Biltmore Hotels and Suites in Santa Clara is ready to help make the most of your wine-getaway.by