Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Deductive Riesling

Lei Chic The time you left your purse in the cab. The night you may have (but can’t remember) kissed your coworker. An entire V-Lounge pizza consumed alone at 3 a.m.

You wish you could say your biggest zins only happen after three glasses. But the fuzzy logic starts the moment you become completely overwhelmed in the wine aisle. You hit an all-time merlot when bleary eyed, you grabbed a bottle, took it to a party and discovered it was Boone’s Strawberry Hill.

Luckily, you’ve got a new D.D., that’s Designated Decision-Maker. The iPhone and Android app Nirvino, created by Punahou grad Meli James, instantly arms you with reviews of millions of wines to help you find the right sip.

Nirvino users write the recommendations, so you don’t need a sommelier’s palate to appreciate the selections. You can search for wines by type, region or name, then sort the results by price, age or rating. There’s even a list of budget bottles.

Many reviews come with food pairing suggestions, and you can even add your own tasting notes so that cocktail hour won’t completely wipe out memories of a bad blanc.

Talk about da-vine intervention.

The Nirvino Wine Ratings Guide app is available for iPhone and Android for $3.99 on its website.

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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