Anyone can drink a bottle of wine, but it takes a wine snob to choose it, right? Not so fast. According to Wine Simplified, another Inkling/Open Air Publishing collaboration, a few tips can help any wine buyer make more informed choices. Did you know that most wines sold today aren’t meant to be cellared? Do you think you only like one kind of wine, most often described as “red” or “white”? If so, Wine Simplified is for you.
Using a combination of interactive text, video, and slide shows, Wine Simplified’s approach banishes jargon, explains wine-speak terms such as “body,” “oaky,” and “tannin,” and gives the vast majority of wine drinkers the knowledge to choose their next bottle of wine with confidence.
Wine experts Marnie Old and Anthony Giglio present Wine Simplified’s content in a relaxed Food Network-like manner that says, “We’re all in this together.” The book includes 12 chapters that address wine skills and identification (food pairing, ordering in restaurants), concepts (wine making, vintner philosophies), and flavor factors (varietals, geography).
Just as there is no perfect bottle of wine, there is no one way to read Wine Simplified. Each chapter offers links to other related areas, so the reader can jump around as her interest dictates or read every page and watch every video from start to finish.
Boosted by its successful Kickstarter campaign, Wine Simplified is one of the newest offerings by Open Air Publishing, and its content shares the clarity and command of the subject with other titles including Food 52‘s Holiday Recipes & party Planning Guide (PadGadget = 5 stars) and Speakeasy Cocktails (still free to download from Crate and Barrel). Since its founding in 2011 Open Air Publishing has released a number of inventive, truly useful book apps for iOS. They are a bright light in digital lifestyle publishing, whose books offer a singular blend of quality content and clear presentation.
What I liked: Wine Simplified has the potential to make learning about wine more social. Members of the same household could highlight information and leave notes to each other, making reading more collaborative. I loved the cheat sheets in Chapter 9 that link grape types to world regions, and appreciated that I could define unfamiliar words such as “viticulture” with a single tap.
What I didn’t like: Nothing!
To buy or not to buy: Anyone looking to serve or share a special bottle of wine on Christmas or New Year’s Eve will value reading Wine Simplified. Unless you’re a vintner already or your favorite way to drink wine is “from a box” then Wine Simplified probably has something to teach you.
- App Name: Wine Simplified
- Version Reviewed: 3.0.8
- Category: Food & Drink
- Developer: Open Air Publishing
- Price: $4.99