Here’s a fun new app, right in time for the summer BBQ season! I just received word from world-famous author, journalist and sommelier Natalie MacLean regarding her new ‘Nat Decants Food & Wine Matcher’. The new iPhone and BlackBerry app is a comprehensive guide to help you match food and drink for any occasion.
Start with a drink or a dish, and navigate your way to the perfect match. For wines, you can choose from bubbly, white, red, rosé or dessert (ice) type wines. You can also select beers, spirits, cocktails, coffees, teas and more. You can even browse almost 300 types of grapes and over 200 cheeses for goodness sake. There’s also over 60 pasta dishes, 100+ vegetarian dishes, plus a whole whack of chicken, beef, pork, seafood dishes (among other types). In the end, the app can spit out more than 380,000 pairings with new matches added daily.
A truly comprehensive app for optimized summertime fun 🙂
You can pick up the Nat Decants Food & Wine Matcher for $2.99 in the App Store (iTunes link). For more information read the press release after the jump.
380,000 Wine & Food Pairings in New iPhone and BlackBerry Mobile Application – Plus the top 10 Drink Matches for Summer Barbecues
New York, June 19, 2009 – Which pairs best with barbecued steak and chicken: red or white wine? Does barbecue sauce, relish or ketchup change the match? Which grilled grub will please those who prefer beer or gin-and-tonic to wine?
Whether you kick back at the cottage, the campsite or your own backyard this summer, you can find delicious pairings in this comprehensive food and drink mobile application. The new Drinks Matcher from Nat Decants is available now for your smartphone. It’s like having a personal sommelier and a bartender at your side.
Natalie MacLean, creator of Nat Decants, the wine web site at www.nataliemaclean.com, has teamed up with the software developer bitHeads to create an application that works on your iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve.
“We all want to enjoy great food and drink, but in the summer we don’t want to be tied to our office computer looking for information,” MacLean explains. “We want to do a quick search while we browse in the liquor store, grill beside the pool or order drinks on a patio.”
You just choose a match on your mobile device and then you can find the top drink picks either in your local liquor store or on the restaurant menu. Unlike MacLean’s popular pairing widget on her web site, this new tool doesn’t require a connection to the Internet and so can be used in remote locations.
“There are two trends that are exploding in popularity now: interest in food and wine, and the convenience of mobile apps,” says MacLean. “That makes the Nat Decants Drinks Matcher a natural fit-like steak and shiraz. As a wine-loving geek, I love finding ways for new technology to help us savour all of life’s pleasures, wherever we are.”
Nat Decants Drinks Matcher Features:
- Start with either a drink or a dish
- Choose Bubbly, White, Red, Rosé, Dessert
- Pair beer, spirits, cocktails, liquor, coffee, tea
- Select from 292 grapes, wines and blends
- 219 cheeses and cheese dishes
- 61 pasta dishes, 118 vegetarian & salads
- 57 chicken, 59 beef, 41 pork, 112 seafood
- 27 types of pizza plus other take-out favorites
- 48 herbs, spices and sauces
- 94 Asian, Indian and Chinese dishes
- 123 types of chocolate and desserts
- More than 380,000 pairings, with new ones added daily