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Wine Spectator Unveils New Wine Travel App for iPad

Guide to Napa Valley brings together editor-recommended destinations, expert wine reviews and education in the company’s first tablet app

Posted: September 6, 2011

Just in time for the harvest travel season, Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, has released an innovative new iPad travel app: Wine Spectator’s Guide to Napa Valley. This app delivers Wine Spectator’s expert editorial content on Napa Valley in a unique format that blends the reading experience of the magazine with the interactivity of a digital travel guide.

The app is built for wine lovers who wish to plan their perfect trip to Napa Valley or learn more about its wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, its star player. Wine Spectator’s Guide to Napa Valley shares our editors’ recommendations on the top hotels, restaurants, attractions and wineries of the region; every venue included has been reviewed by Wine Spectator’s California editors to ensure that they deliver the quality expected by our readers.

In addition, the app contains rich articles, beautiful photographs and special access to more than 400 reviews of top-scoring Napa Valley wines, including 240 Cabernets and the region’s other major varieties.

“As tablet devices proliferate in the marketplace, consumers are seeking quality wine content that’s built to take advantage of the new format,” said Marvin R. Shanken, chairman of M. Shanken Communications, publisher of Wine Spectator. “Wine Spectator’s Guide to Napa Valley is our company’s first step to addressing this important need.”

Features of the app include:

• Trip planner to Napa Valley with our California editors’ recommendations on where to stay, where to dine and which wineries and other attractions to visit

• Interactive map view that plots editor-recommended Napa Valley destinations, with quick filtering

• Rich articles on the history of California wine, the geography and appellations of Napa Valley, the characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon and how it is made

• Food pairing suggestions for Cabernet, plus recipes from top chefs

• Access to more than 400 Wine Spectator reviews of top-scoring Napa wines—including 240 Cabernets, plus Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel—with the ability to filter and sort by score, price and vintage

• Stunning photography created exclusively for the app

• Easy navigation with multiple ways to browse the app, as well as interactive in-page slideshows

• Pop-up definitions to quickly define complex wine terms

Wine Spectator’s Guide to Napa Valley can be purchased from the App Store for $4.99 or by visiting http://apps.winespectator.com.


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Isaac Smalls
Chester Springs —  September 6, 2011 2:48pm ET
When will this Great App be available for Android users like me? Sure would like to use it on my tablet during my visit to the Napa Valley later this month!

Ike S.
Thomas Matthews
New York City —  September 6, 2011 5:45pm ET

It's our goal to offer our apps on all the major platforms -- as we have done with our free VintageChart+ app. But it's going to take some time. Hope you have a great trip anyway.

Thomas Matthews
Executive editor
Lisa Taaffe
Chicago —  September 7, 2011 11:00am ET
Great app.....is one for the Willamette Valley in the works?
Dana Nigro
New York, NY —  September 7, 2011 11:07am ET
Hi Lisa,

Glad to hear you like it! We hope to expand with other travel apps, but we can't provide any specific regions or dates at this time.

Thank you for your suggestion,

Dana Nigro
Managing editor, WineSpectator.com
San Francisco, CA —  September 7, 2011 4:30pm ET
WoW, very exciting! Just in time for my trip to Napa Valley in 2 weeks:) have already downloaded yours on my iPad along with following 3 Apps on my iPhone:
Visit Napa Valley
Winery & Tasting Pass Finder
ivisit Sonoma County

Love the look & feel of your iPad App especially on a larger format. Cant wait to use it when we taste & dine at Domaine Chandon. Am glad yours has reviews. And please please please make one of Android, my husband swears by it.
Melia Jacopo Lupo
Italy —  September 8, 2011 5:37am ET
When it will be on the Italian App Store?
Ck Lim
Canada —  September 9, 2011 9:46am ET
Can't wait for it to be available for iPhones!

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