Wine lovers know that a year can make a world of difference. The Napa Valley Cabernets of 2004 achieved classic quality, for example, while those from 2003 fell far short. Now you can have authoritative information on vintage quality in the palm of your hand with Wine Spectator's new, free iPhone application called VintageChart+.
VintageChart+ gives consumers a simple, effective way to compare the relative quality of wines from different regions and years, so that they can make smarter decisions when faced with unfamiliar bottles. Each year, Wine Spectator editors analyze vintage quality for 54 different regions and varietals around the world, providing ratings, recommendations on when to drink the wines and descriptions of the growing season’s impact on the wines’ character. Each time our editors revise a chart, this information is automatically updated in the app.
The + is a host of additional features, including in-depth harvest reports for recent vintages, Google Maps of wine regions and a selection of editorial content. Most notably, VintageChart+ introduces WS360, a live news feed for wine lovers that will be universal to all future Wine Spectator apps. VintageChart+ is the first of an entire suite of cross-platform Wine Spectator wine apps in development.
“Mobile represents an unparalleled opportunity to solidify and grow Wine Spectator’s status as the premier source for wine information,” said Marvin R. Shanken, chairman of M. Shanken Communications, publisher of Wine Spectator. “By porting Wine Spectator’s best in-class content into a mobile context, we can better help wine consumers, whether they’re in a wine store, at a restaurant, or in their home cellars.”
More information about VintageChart+, as well as a video demonstration and a link to the free download, is available at http://apps.winespectator.com.
The app lets you browse by country name, then subregion or variety …
or zoom in on a regional chart using the map feature.
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