Developer: Rene van Mil
Price: $1.99
Version: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

There’s been an occasion or two where I’ve tried a wine, only to later forget the details about it. There are so many wines available, many people have a hard time keeping up with them all. Gone are the days of jotting down wine names on receipts and pieces of scrap paper because users can now download an app to keep track of all the wine they try and buy.

Wine Journal – Your Personal Wine Database lets users store and organize wines in a variety of ways thanks to its simplistic and clean user interface. To get started, users simply open the app and tap on the plus symbol to add details like the name, winery, region, grapes and dates.

While the app seems quite minimal at first, there are a lot of neat functions available. For instance, users can scan and save barcodes, add pictures to each wine entry, and enter wine tasting notes. Perhaps the most entertaining and useful feature is the ability to easily examine the color and age of the wine inside of its glass thanks to a bright white screen.

Favorite wines can then be shared via Twitter, Facebook, email or message. Additionally, the details can be viewed in an impressive single printable overview for those who like to keep printed copies around. This may come in handy for large wine collections.

Users don’t need an impressive wine collection to benefit from this app’s features. I like the idea of keeping it around to enter my favorite wines, and it would also be quite suitable for restaurants and businesses to keep a running list of wines with details to help customers find a drink suitable to their taste buds.

The list of impressive features doesn’t stop there. According to the developer’s website, there are many new ones to come to make it even better like the addition of more popular grapes to the list and sharing and emailing the wine overview page. I think it would also benefit from an iPad version with iCloud support for those who may prefer to use the larger screen to keep tabs on their wine.

Anyone who considers themselves to be a devoted wine drinker or avid wine collector should go ahead and add Wine Journal to their collection. It won’t disappoint.

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