BC's Wine Guru app transforms your iPhone into a sommelier

A new, free, BC-born iPhone app aims to turn your smartphone into a sommelier.

Wine Guru, developed in Abbotsford, puts the expertise of a world-class sommelier in the palm of your hands. Simply tell the Wine Guru what you're eating and instantly recieve three customized wine selections to pair with both your meal and your budget.

The app is the product of a partnership between Restaurant 62, Burnaby's Gloo Studios, and the Fraser Valley's Internal Wealth Studios.

“With our new app there’s no need to ask your waiter for advice or do any research when choosing a wine. Wine Guru can give you all the answers you need right on your iPhone,” said Eric Ferris, co-owner and sommelier at Restaurant 62. “We hope Wine Guru will become an essential lifestyle app for anyone who wants to take the pain out of picking the perfect wine.”

Wine Guru offers food and wine pairing suggestions—based on details including type of cuisine, ingredients, cooking method and budget—from a growing database of over 2,000 local and international wines. Users can also conduct reverse searches by starting with a specific wine and then building a menu that pairs perfectly with it. Alternatively, users can create a list of favorite wines which they can personally rate. Plans for future updates to Wine Guru include expanding current wine suggestions to retailers in the immediate geography, further expansion of the internal database of wine to 10,000 and options to search for local retailers and purchase wine online.

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