“For most of us, wine remains a big mystery,” David Goldman reports for CNNMoney. “Making a selection at a wine store is a daunting task that usually comes down to just two decisions: red or white and what price you’re willing to pay. Then you just choose the wine with the prettiest label.”
“A new app called Next Glass aims to make buying wine much easier — and a whole lot more scientific,” Goldman reports. “Next Glass works like this: When you first download the app, you are asked to rate a few wines that you like. Then, at a wine store, you scan a wine bottle’s label. You’ll instantly get a score out of 100. The higher the score, the more likely you’ll enjoy that wine.”
“And if wine’s not your thing, don’t fret: Next Glass also rates beer,” Goldman reports. “When you scan a wine or beer, the app will also recommend similar items that you might like. And Next Glass will even tell you how many calories are in a glass of the wine or beer you scan.”
Much more in the full article here.
A rather pedestrian use of quantum age information technology in my humble opinion.
Agreed. As a craft beer drinker, I am always interested in the IBUs and the brewery location. I do not believe this app tell you either piece of info.
Therefore, it might be good for the Bud and Coors drinkers out there, but for those who enjoy craft beer, not so much.
I work at Next Glass if you have any questions. There are many folks who will try anything- they don’t need scores to tell them whether to pull the trigger. Some are a little more reluctant, especially with the pricier stuff. Our app can really help those people. One way it might help you is you can see your friends scores and buy the a drink/gift with confidence they’ll like it.
Let me know if you have any specific questions. I will say the software stack behind this is decidedly un-pedestrian, despite the simple to use interface.
Been following the app for a while, downloaded it when it hit the App Store today.
Will be using it when I get off work tonight, 11 days off after today 🍺
Wine (and beer) is all subjective to the individual taste. Even if a wine has a 91 rating, does not mean that it is automatically good. Ive had cheap and expensive wines, and sometimes the cheap ones are just as good or even better than the more expensive ones. Not sure the app will help that much…..
I’m a NextGlass employee who lurks here. The scores are completely individualized to your taste based on the chemistry in the wine and beer. We sample everything with Mass Spectrometers and Chemical Analyzers. Just because your friends like it will not affect your score at all.
The app will definitely help you find stuff you like regardless of price or perception. Let me know if you have any other questions. Cheers!
I can see the value of this app in the US: in Europe, less so.
Having said that, it has been a real delight to see the US getting into creating some truly excellent craft beers, what we call real ale over here in the UK. My local pub generally carries one or two American guest ales every month and I have been very impressed at the favour and quality.
Keep ’em coming 🙂
Do they make an app for beer?
Why reinvent the wheel?
Vivino has been doing the same job for quite a while.
Maybe the addition of beers to the selection will represent some added value.
Hey vanfruniken- it probably wasn’t clear in the article, but we’re doing something very different than Vivino. We’re not telling you what others think about wine and beer- we’re telling you what you’ll think about a wine or beer, based on thousands of chemical compounds present in each sample. Nothing goes into the app without first running through our lab. So our catalog is smaller than Vivino’s, but the scoring can be pretty incredible.
I guess I’ll buy wine.
Hmm… Won’t work in Argentina.
We all feel we are wine experts and like to spend time (right hand holding the chin) with a thoughtful expression while selecting wines at the supermarket.
An app would kill that moment of heavenly concentration.
It’s *NOT* a “rating” system folks.. those sites/apps already exist.
it’s a taste preference app that as they say.. learns the chemistry of what YOU like/dislike..
recommendations from others? yeah it can also do that.. but that isn’t the primary function.
Here’s a look at our lab for anyone interested:
wine and beer- we’re telling you what you’ll think about a wine or beer, based on thousands of chemical compounds present in each sample. Nothing goes into the app without first running through our lab. So our catalog is smaller than Vivino’s, but the scoring can be pretty incredible.