Updated just in time for Earth Day, the Slow Wine app, from the writers of Slow Wine 2013: A Year in the Life of Italy's Vineyards and Wines, is hands down the most comprehensive new mobile wine guide we've ever seen. Aside from the fact that the focus is on Italian wines only, the level of detail devoted to each winemaker is impressive, as is the app's scope—it uses your location to tell you what nearby restaurants and wine stores carry either a particular bottle or sustainable wines in general.
Slow wine, like slow food, shuns mass production in favor of local and more sustainable methods. The app's interface makes it easy to search amongst the 400+ slow wines for top-rated or affordable, everyday bottles, as well as searches by region, style, and price. And wine aside, the app doubles as a great restaurant finder. We did a search around the Details office and the app turned up so many of our favorite area restaurants we'd feel confident using it to find a great place to eat and drink in other cities, too.
Pros: We love the in-depth background information provided for every winery. It tells you not just the vintner's story, the grape variety, and recommended food pairings, but the fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and yeasts used, as well as the size of the vineyard and the number of bottles produced in a given year.
You also have the option to "favorite" a wine so you can bookmark bottles you want to try later.
Cons: The app only covers Italy, but you could easily spend years drinking your way through this list.
Platforms: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
—Perrin Drumm (@perrindrumm), associate Web editor at Details