Wouldn’t it be great if we could keep tasting notes on our favourite tipple, while learning more about the wines we are drinking? Well, there’s an app for that.
Developed by University of Adelaide Wine staff and students, My Wine World is a free smart device application for lovers of wine—from novice consumers to wine aficionados or industry professionals.
Whether you know your wines or not, this app will help you learn more about the sensory properties of wine.
It starts with a wine tasting tutorial and uses touch tools with colour displays, sliders and input screens for you to enter the sensory attributes of the wines you drink.
You can even add a photo of the label, and easily refer back and cross-reference it at a later date.
The app was developed by Senior Lecturers in Oenology, Dr Kerry Wilkinson and Dr Paul Grbin, from the University’s Waite Campus, together with Viticulture and Oenology student Matthew Roussy.
It is freely available to the general public through the Apple App and Google Play stores.
“We needed an educational tool to help our winemaking and wine business students develop their sensory skills,” Dr Wilkinson said.
“This promises to be really successful as an e-learning tool, but then we thought, why should students have all the fun?”
Technical wine assessment has traditionally involved recording detailed observations and perceptions of the sensory properties of wine with tasting notes usually recorded in a diary or journal. An awkward, messy process, and one in which the notes can easily be lost or destroyed.
“This is an ideal tool for anyone who has a serious interest in developing their wine sensory skills, but also for those who just love wine but don’t have much technical knowledge,” Dr Wilkinson said.
“And then there are plenty of people who simply like to drink nice wines but can never remember the ones they liked, or what they like about them. My Wine World makes it very easy to build up a searchable archive of your favourite wines, with star ratings and even photos of the wine labels.”
My Wine World is a very modern approach to a traditional field, which is why it won second place in the 2012 Australian eChallenge, an annual entrepreneurial business planning competition.