Guest post by Stefan Ferreira from CtheChange.com >>
Let’s face it, many of us struggle to discover new wines, either due to a lack of knowledge or because it’s just easier to walk down the isle in our local supermarket that leads straight to our trusted favourites.
Being a faithful member of InspectorGrape.com has helped me become more adventurous, and led me to discover treats such as Riesling from the Alsace which I would never have tried myself, given my previous obsession with Sauvignon Blanc. This idea of being part of a wine community really works for me!
That’s why I was delighted to discover Snooth. For those of you who don’t know it already, Snooth is an extensive, well-established website designed to help you discover better wines. They have a huge, user-friendly database that allows searches by region, varietals, wine stores, and more. On top of that they offer a community of wine lovers who actively contribute to the forums on their website, and they allow you to get social by connecting with wine lovers from all over the world.
iPhone wine app lets you explore wine on the go
Still, we often discover the best new wines when we’re away from our computers – either at a friend’s place for dinner or when trying out the hot new restaurant down the road. The good news is that you no longer have to scribble the name of that tasty red on a napkin or on the back of your credit card receipt. With Snooth’s free iPhone wine app, you can do a search right there at the table, read all of the background information and user reviews and even get a list of local shops that stock it.
You can add your wines to an Amazon-style wish list to purchase later, so you don’t have to be too unsociable at the table. For those lazy ones amongst us, the paid-for Snooth Wine Pro includes clever image recognition technology, so you simply take a photo of the wine label and let the app do the matching and searching.
I’ve been snapping away whenever someone puts a new bottle of wine in front of me, and even if the wine isn’t always in stock at a shop near me, it’s a great way to build up a database of wines you like, and to learn more about them along the way.