Enotria iPhone App Offers Wine Pronunciation Tips
The food world is a mispronunciation minefield, especially as dishes and ingredients from around the world become commonplace on more restaurant menus. SFoodie's "Don't Sound Like a Tool" series strives to keep you out of most trouble, but wine is where it gets complicated. With so many regions, appellations, and grape varietals, it's easy to stumble, particularly when serving or ordering a German Trockenbeerenauslese, or after a couple of bottles from Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige region.
Local wine consultant Melissa Lavrinc Smith hopes to change all that with the first and only audio app for wine pronunciation, the Enotria Guide for iPhone/iPod Touch. The cost: $2.99, available at the App Store.
At launch, there are 200 terms, initially covering France, Germany, and Italy, but with planned free updates in the future to include Spain and Austria. Some basics:
• France is broken down into Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Rhône, Alsace, and Champagne. From there users are have access to the list of the 1855 Bordeaux Premier Crus, the 13 varietals permissible in the Chateauneuf de Pape, and over 100 French-specific wine terms.
• Italy is catalogued by regions, DOCGs, and primary varietals.
• Germany is indexed into primary regions, varietals and styles, ranging from Eiswein to Kabinet within the QmP category.
Future releases will also include Google Maps integration to learn the geography of the world's wine regions, varietal specific photographs for each entry, additional terms, and a vintage chart.
Enotria Guide's navigation can be a little challenging since some phrases are nestled deep within categories, but that's a small complaint we're willing to overlook for an early version of such a potentially useful app.
To boot, for every 7,000 downloads of the Enotria Guide, a scholarship will be awarded for the introductory course given by The Court of Master Sommeliers. Break out your wine and get learning!