mobile news

Drync: app lets you discover, scan and order wine

Drync app for iOS devices lets you discover, scan and order wine – directly from your phone or tablet.
There are a few ways to browse the vast – er, 1.7 million – wines in the database. With the above mentioned example, simply snap a photo of the wine label in front of you (or in a magazine ad) and once recognized, you can see info about the wine (year, country, kind of wine), a user rating for the wine (such as 3.5 hearts out of 5), price (based on your state) and also make notes if you like (such as “try to order the 2006 vintage”). As long as you take a clear and close-up view of the label, the app should recognize every bottle in your collection; the app recognized all 20-odd bottles in our household, without fail.

Going further, anytime you open the app you can view your wines by Wishlist, Rated and Purchased; all your info is backed-up and synchronized to the cloud, allowing you to manage your wines on

Prices seem comparable to retail prices, more or less. A bottle of Miguel Torres S.A. Gran Coronos Reserva (2009) was $20.72 for the Cabernet Sauvignon, which is less than $21.00 at retail. Apothic Red Winemaker’s Blend California (2011) sold through Drync costs $13.95 a bottle, but $13.13 at retail. There’s free shipping for six bottles or more or a flat $9.99 for less than six bottles. Wine is delivered between 7 to 10 days, or in some cases, sooner.

There are a few things the Drync app should add to future updates, however: professional reviews would be nice, along with pairing suggestions (e.g. red meat or fish) and how to serve it (chilled, room temperature, etc.). The app could also benefit from a wine glossary/dictionary and there should be an easy way to add an alternate address to gift the wine somewhere (currently, you need to change the main address each time).

The biggest beef, however, is you must buy a minimum of two bottles of any wine you choose; therefore you can’t buy, say, six different bottles to get the free shipping – instead you’ll only get three different kinds if you want six bottles. What if you don’t like a bottle of wine you wanted to try, but were forced to buy two bottles of it? This should be fixed.

Overall, though, Drync is an incredibly convenient app for wine lovers. Sure, there are other apps that can also scan and give you information, but between its accurate image recognition, massive database and the ability to buy directly from the app, Drync gets it mostly right. Be aware you must be at least 17 years old to download it from the App Store.



Leave a Reply