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Okanagan Wine Tours: 4 Wine Apps to Unleash Your Inner Sommelier

March 29, 2016

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There are a number of smartphone apps that will help you enjoy Okanagan wine tours to their fullest.

For many people, the world of wine is an intimidating place. A perceived lack of knowledge can leave would-be wine enthusiasts reluctant to try new varieties when participating in Okanagan wine tours. If this describes you, there are many smartphone apps that will demystify the process to help you savour the experience.

Whether you’re a complete novice, or you already have some knowledge of wines, these apps will help you decipher which varietals are best suited for your palate (and budget).


1. Hello Vino

You don’t have to be a wine snob to enjoy Hello Vino (Android, iOS). In fact, it’s better if you’re not. This user-friendly app is aimed at the average wine enthusiast. It offers suggested wines based on a number of applications:

  • With a particular meal or food
  • For an occasion
  • By taste preference
  • By wine type
  • To give as a gift

This popular app even features a wine label scanner. To use it, just take a picture of the wine label and it will provide you with all of the pertinent details, such as:

  • Tasting notes
  • Ratings
  • Recommended food pairings


2. Plonk

If you have trouble remembering the difference between a pinot gris and a pinot noir, then Plonk (Android, iOS) is the app for you. Rather than focus on the finished product, this clever app helps users become familiar with the grape varieties that are used to make wine.

This helps you understand wine flavours, no matter where you are. You could be visiting the Napa Valley or embarking on Okanagan Wine Tours in the area and this app will still be relevant.

With Plonk, you can read up on the characteristics of various grape varietals. It will also recommend similar varieties for you to try.


3. Drync

After you have exhausted your supply of Kelowna wine, you might get the hankering for a top-up. If you don’t live in the area, or they don’t stock your favourite wine, Drync (Android, iOS) features a handy online ordering function that will deliver it right to your doorstep.

And let’s say you arrange Okanagan wine tour packages with some friends. Drync also allows you to share your recommendations with them so you can compare notes.


4. CellarTracker

For more serious oenophiles—ones who collect wine—CellarTracker (Android, iOS) is worth downloading. Not only does it boast the world’s largest collection of wine reviews (more than 1.9 million), it also allows you to manage your collection using a sortable filter.

CellarTracker also features:

  • Wine consumption history
  • Barcode scanning
  • Wine label recognition


To get the inside scoop on wine tours in the Okanagan, check out our post: The Ultimate Guide to Okanagan Wine Tours.


Okanagan Wine Tours are a must-try experience when visiting the region. To book your accommodation and wine tour in one convenient package, call BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites: 1-888-860-1212

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