What is the best wine pairing for ramen? Which wine has a higher than average alcohol content for those nights when Tom and I feel like getting high-spirited in a hammock, or dizzy over some dominoes?
I am pretty excited to announce that all these questions (and more!) are answered with our newest wine pairing app. As many of you know Tom and I are able to live a location-independent life by developing apps through our company Touch Autism. We have now started a side company to build apps that pique our other interests.
Our new wine-pairing app steps far outside of our usual “box” to solve a much more frivolous issue. I am a long-time wine fan with very little knowledge about the viniculture world. When I do discover something new about a wine or pairing, I quickly forget it. Hmm, forgetting things after drinking wine. There may be a connection.
Though I remember having “ratatouille moments” – enjoying beautiful pairings which improve the wine and the food -I can never remember what they were!
Ratatouille by the way is a super good pixar film about a foodie rat named Remy. There is this part of the movie (which I highly recommend) when Remy is describing mixing flavors and light bursts are going on in the background to match the flavor bursts. All the different flavors enhance the others and it turns into a full-on fireworks display of taste sensations.
To quote the movie directly:
“How can I describe it? Good food is like music you can taste, color you can smell. Each flavor is totally unique. But, combine one flavor with another, and something new is created!”
I just love how food and wine influence each other and how nothing feels like “living in the present” like savoring those combinations. I also love how sometimes good ‘ol fashioned boxed wine can perfectly pair to my night. Like when pairing to something coming out of a microwave, or spending time in a glass-free zone (like the beach).
This is why we decided to build an app filled with wine research; To enjoy pairing wine without having to remember anything!
This app helps pair wine with food, or with an occasion or experience. For example, what’s the best wine to bring on an epic camping trip?
Obviously after a day of hiking, tubing and enjoying the great outdoors what matters most is getting into said bottle, which is why a red with a twist off is always a good choice.
Otherwise it may turn into one of those “I swear I saw someone do this on YouTube” wine in a boot nights. Nights which are fun in their own way, but never end with an open bottle of wine.
If going to a dinner party where someone else is cooking, you could pair to that situation.
Or you could pair to the food if you are sure what is going to be on the menu. At a family Thanksgiving dinner, turkey is a pretty safe guess.
Delving further in to pairing wine with food, with just a few taps of the screen you can pick out the best wine for Greek Salad in Greece, or Pad Thai on the streets of Thailand!
You can also read up on the different wine varieties to help choose between bottles available.
Each wine profile gives just enough info, because again this is for people like me. People who know a little, and want to know a little more, but are not looking to become experts. The profile shows correct pronunciation (because well, that’s embarrassing) and the right type of glass to serve it in as well as a basic tasting and pairing guide. There are also links to buying it off of amazon if you are into that whole convenience thing.
The app is available for sale in the app store for $0.99. But if you really want it, and don’t have $0.99 – I know the developer so shoot me an e-mail and I can send you a free code 🙂