Leanne and I chat about Canada’s first wine app, and the only one that gives real-time, GPS-based liquor store inventory across the country.
– professional wine reviews
– food pairings
– custom shopping list
– cellar maturity dates
– top 10 wines in your closest liquor store
Posted with permission from CTV News.
Carol Anne: Now let’s find out how to keep all those great wines straight. Let’s go back to the roof with Leanne and Natalie for some tips.
Leanne: Well Carol Anne, Natalie has an App for that.
Carol Anne: Really.
Leanne: She is going to demonstrate an App, that you’ve worked to develop and design, that you felt would be the tool that everyone needed when they’re shopping at the LCBO or the SAQ.
Natalie: Absolutely. So when we make our decisions about wine, usually it’s because we’re not in front of a big computer at home, so this is where an App comes in handy. Because this one, you can scan a barcode and it knows where you are via GPS, it’s got the real-time stock data in the liquor store and it will say that wine is just down the street.
Leanne: And you’ve done that and you’re testing it. You actually have, we have images so that you can a little look at what we’re looking at here. So this works for, and you can download it how?
Natalie: You can go to iTunes, Apples iTunes, download it there. You can go to Google Marketplace because we’ve got an Android App, or you can go to nataliemaclean.com because we’ve got the mobile site for other smartphones.
Leanne: And we have a link on our website to Natalie. So it starts, we’re on the kind of a cover page, then we go to My Cellar. What does My Cellar do?
Natalie: Well with one click you can take the barcode, and let’s say this is the wine you just bought, you can scan using your smartphone and put it right into your cellar. And a lot of people like to keep track of the wines they buy. Even if you don’t have a gigantic cellar, you might want to put a few notes; the label, I want to remember this, I want to put who I was with or what I was eating. That sort of thing so you can know later when you go to the shop again.
Leanne: And that also relates to pairings and your own top 10 list and those are all features of the app.
Natalie: Exactly so what else. The other thing that we did is, we said okay, if you don’t know what you want tonight in the LCBO or SAQ, or BC Liquor Stores, if you’re out on the west coast, tell me the top 10 wines by price or by score or by wine of type in my closest liquor store now. Tell me what to buy.
Because everybody kind of goes into a liquor store and you see thousands of bottles and this is trying to be your personal sommelier in your pocket. So you scan a barcode and get all the information instantly.
Leanne: Most people would just like to go wine shopping with you I think, Natalie. Someone scored, we just heard a big scream from across the street. But that’s great information and I believe we were showing the photos from the App on the screen while we were talking about them.
But now let’s just go through some of the other wines you’ve brought along because we’re going to do a quick wrap of this Great Canadian Challenge.
Natalie: Great Canadian Wine Match, that’s right. So this side we’ve got dessert wines, so we’ve got some lovely ciders from Quebec and again you can just scan the code and find out – are they in the SAQ or LCBO, we’ve got a port style wine from BC. We’ve got a late harvest Riesling from Niagara, Cave Spring which is just a lovely, lovely dessert wine.
Leanne: Tell us about the cider from Prince Edward County.
Natalie: Well this is a, both ciders there are made from a variety of apples. People think, oh it must be simple it’s just apple, you know fermented apple juice. But it’s not.
Both ciders, the one from Quebec and the one from Prince Edward County take a variety of apples, sometimes up to, like 12 or more different variety’s, to blend them for that sort of beautiful essence of apple pie in your glass. So it’s dessert on its own or you can pair it up.
Leanne: How great does that sound? The essence of apple pie in your glass. Okay, why don’t you just mention this from the Rosehall Run folks because this, they do two different wines and they’ve kept it very simple and…
Natalie: Yep this is a beautiful, zesty white wine and it’s only about 14 dollars. It’s been nominated in the seafood category, and when I scan this one on the App, it tells me that just down the street there’s 12 bottles at the LCBO.
Leanne: Okay fantastic. They also do, it’s a Pinot Noir you really like.
Natalie: There’s a Pinot Noir and there’s a Chardonnay from this winery, terrific.
Leanne: We’re almost out of time, there’s always more information on Natalie’s website, but I had to ask about this one because it’s cold and it clearly just came out of your fridge at home. So this is called Featherstone and it’s from?
Natalie: A beautiful Niagara winery and they’re using Canadian Oak. So it’s Canadian on Canadian. I don’t know how you get more patriotic than that especially as we’re coming up to Canada day, but it’s been nominated for best grilled chicken wine, it’s lovely match.
Leanne: I want to thank you very much for joining us and we should say large rain drops are falling on our heads.