Oregon Wine, the app
Headed north up to the Willamette Valley to do some wine tasting this summer? This is the app you need to ride shotgun with you. Written by Oregonian wine columnist and author of "Voodoo Vintners" Katherine Cole, “Oregon Wine, the App” has a fresh, spunky take on the Oregon wine scene. You can filter winery search results by "Pinot Pioneer," "Eco-Geeky," "Terroiriste!," "High Scorer" and more, by cost and by appellation (Dundee Hills, Rogue Valley, Umpqua Valley, etc). And also by distance from your current location.
For each winery, she gives a brief history and appreciation. Most useful, her picks for Splurge, Steal and Fab Find at each estate. There are links to maps, each winery’s website and other relevant info, including hours and any tasting fees. Plus, under "Practical Information," an explanation of the confusing eco-certifications for Oregon wineries.
You can look up lodging and dining for each appellation, too, though not much information here other than a direct link to restaurant or bed and breakfast’s website. You’re on your own in choosing. But at least you'll know which are closer to wineries you'll be visiting.
For a quick primer on Oregon wine, you can’t do better than this app. It could also come in handy at wine shops to look up labels.
At $2.99 from iTunes, Oregon Wine, the App costs about the same as a gulp of Oregon Pinot Noir. Available for iPhone and iPad as well as Android.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Photos: Screen shot from Oregon Wine, the App. Credit: Katherine Cole.