WineToMatch, an app available for both Android and iPhone, features a streamlined process that allows you to select your meal’s main ingredient, type of cuisine, additional traits, and other flavors. From there, WineToMatch offers recommendations of wines that will best accompany your meal. And for lovers of sweets, WineToMatch even suggests pairings for dessert items, too! Overseen by Master Sommelier Jesse Becker, the app's patent pending engine determines how agreeable portions of your meal are with the wines in WineToMatch’s database. The information you provide about your meal is weighted, and composite scores are generated for each wine. Wines that pair the best with your meal are displayed in large letters. Wines that make the cut, but that have smaller letters, also pair well, but perhaps not as “ideally” as those with larger letters. (This is similar to a web page’s “cloud” feature, and quickly conveys which wines are a better fit, relative to others, for your food.)
The app’s creators believe that the algorithms used to generate recommendations are “the most sophisticated ever designed for pairing wine with food.” Originally programmed to produce more than 75 billion unique pairings, WineToMatch continually adds wines to its database, making this number even larger! Give this easy-to-use, helpful app a try, and see if you agree with its designers’ claims. The current Apple version, 1.1.2, is available for $2.99. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch (2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation), and iPad. It requires iOS 2.2.1 or later. The cost is the same ($2.99) for the Android version, 1.0.