Tis the season to go to Christmas parties. Whether its a celebration with sales and accounting, or just an open house with your best friends, here’s a list of apps to help you get the fuel for those parties.

natalie_maclean_sm.jpgNatalie MacLean’s Food and Wine Pairing [free]
This is an update to the NatDecants app which used to be in the App Store for $2.99.  Now the app is free with the option to subscribe to MacLean’s newsletter for $2 a month.  

This app is a serious upgrade over the original.  You can scan barcodes of wines and instantly pull up reviews.  You can sort your own tasting notes, keep track of wine’s you own or have tasted in virtual cellars.  When you find a wine you like, not only is a list of 4 or 5 pairing menu items presented, but you can click through to complete recipes!  The free portion of the app will give you access to MacLean’s decade plus backlog of reviews.  The paid portion will open up more recent content.

wineaccess.pngWine Access Magazine [free]
Canada’s authority when it comes to tasting notes has a gorgeous and easy to use app.  You’re presented with a few options at the start.  You can select a wine name, varietal or winery, you can choose a wine colour, type or country or you can search through the magazine’s top rated wines.

Again there’s a portion of the app to help you store your own personal tasting notes, and keep a shopping list of wines to get when you’re next out shopping.

Sommelier Wine [free]
This is an app that is starting to power wine lists in restaurants in Calgary.  Already Catch is one restaurant where you will be presented with an iPad 2 to help select your wine with dinner.  The app has a great back end for restaurants to manage inventory and sales so you’ll never get a “Sorry sir, we’re out of that selection.”

The app itself helps you drill down through the specific menu items to find perfect pairings as selected by the local sommelier.  You can also do your own sorting by varietal, region or price.

You’ll also want to check back on Tris Hussey‘s review of Wine Guru and a similar list of wine apps I wrote up earlier in the year.

This article was originally published at the Future Shop’s Tech Blog

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