Better Wine Guide by Major Fifth, Inc (iPhone)
Released: Jun 1, 2011
Version: 1.0
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Better Wine Guide

Major Fifth, Inc
Don't fall for wine apps that don't meet your needs or that don't provide you with professional ratings - Better Wine Guide is the very best app for people that enjoy wine, but are not wine experts! Ease of use with professional tasting notes and scores, along with barcode scanning, make Better Wine Guide the perfect app for finding better wine.

This app is meant for people that spend under $25 per bottle and buy wine in grocery stores, convenience stores, or liquor stores (as opposed to fine wine type of merchants).

Tasting notes are easy to understand but not 'dumbed down' or condescending like many other apps, however, Better Wine Guide is generally not meant for wine collectors, connoisseurs, or experts because most of these people spend more than $25 per bottle and are buying mostly boutique types of wines.


- Everything is designed around simplicity – no need to be a wine expert

- Barcode scanning makes finding and reading tasting notes and scores extremely easy

- All wines are professionally rated with a score and tasting notes, plus averaged Community ratings will be available as users rate their own wine

- All wines are tasted blind, meaning the taster does not know who made the wine, what type of wine it was, or where if came from. Blind tasting eliminates any bias a taster may have about any particular wine or wine company.

- Wines can be searched by price in the following increments:

Under $5.00
$5.00 - 9.99
$10 – 14.99
$15.00 – 19.99
$20.00 – 24.99

NOTE: Most people have a wine budget and set a spending limit per bottle when buying wine, which is why Better Wine Guide rates all wine within each wine’s price category.

- Many of the most popular and available wines available in the US are rated and cost under $25, most of which have never been rated by any wine expert

- Find the best wines based on your budget – searchable in $5 increments up to $25

- Powerful search feature is available – select your own search criteria

- Enter and store your own scores and notes for later reference

- Easily keep track of all wines you’ve purchased or any wine you may be interested in at a later time

- Allows you to enter and keep track of any wine you buy, even wine that is not in the Better Wine Guide database

This app will send multiple updates automatically for one year as new wines and new vintages are scored – after that you must renew for another year to continue receiving wine updates

We offer great Customer Service, how-to videos and information, and support at our website.

Is This App For Me?

Take this fun little quiz below:

1. What grape is Barolo made with and what region is associated with this wine?
2. What are the main differences in Bordeaux Left Bank and Right Bank?
3. What does Rutherford dust refer to?
4. What is the only white grape allowed in the blend of Côte Rôtie?
5. Is Burgundy’s LaTache vineyard a monopole and if so, who owns it?

See the answers at:


Designed for the United States market at this time, with other countries to follow but may be useful for Mexico and Canadian markets as well.

Full functionality for 3GS and 4 iPhones, and iPad 2 only, requires 4.X iPhone software – limited functionality for devices that lack a camera.

If you buy wine under $25 per bottle (average retail price) and don’t want to search through 500,000+ wine notes then, this app is for you: Simple, super easy to use, flexible, and offers great features.
Our verdict: Good
  • + Better Wine Guide is an ok, 3.5-star app.
  • + It is currently 60% off its regular price.
  • + The app is also at the lowest price we've seen.
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