Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wine Wednesday: Wine Pairing? There's an App For That...And It's Local

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 7:46 AM

If you're at all plugged into the Nashville wine community, then you probably know who Tom Black is. After a storied career in sales in the book publishing and banking businesses, Black is now a speaker and sales consultant with his own website dedicated to sharing his techniques and stories. He's also known for having one of the most extensive wine collections in the nation, with a cellar containing almost 30,000 bottles, including some of the rarest vintages in the world.

So it makes sense that Black should release an iPhone app that combines his two passions, selling and wine. With a price of 99 cents, it's clear that Black is not trying to add much to his fortune with this app, which is available at the iTunes App Store. Instead he's taken the opportunity to share some of his lifetime of experiences and his philosophy of wine.

Along with the expected glossary of wine terms and descriptions of the various winemaking regions of the world, Black contributes insights on collecting wines and even how to do business at the table without coming off as a bad host. Black also shares his Top 10 wines and meals of the past few years, which are interesting but probably not directly useful to those of us who will never get the chance to try any of the vintages or meals that he mentions.

More practical is a section on how to give a proper toast and 10 "go-to" toasts if you find yourself pressed into service. For less than a buck, this app can make you look more charming, more intelligent and more confident when the subject is wine. Check it out and keep it in your pocket for the next time you want to impress someone special with your oenophile abilities.

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