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Dec 2, 2012 10:44 AM

ISO Best iPhone LCBO-friendly Wine app...

Was surprised to not find a thread on this subject. Looking for the best LCBO iphone wine app. The LCBO app is okay but doesn't have enough features... can't make notes, can't rate wines, can't note a wine to "try" at another time.... I want to be able to make notes, rate, check inventories, store locations (open/closed) - the LCBO app does have some of these features, and also include options like, "recommendations", "to try", maybe even a space to include a good Consultant's name for each store. Wine recommendations based on favourites, food pairings and descriptions of the wines would also be nice. Please don't suggest Natalie MacLean's app... I will pay for the app but DON'T want to pay a monthly fee and I'm just not into her schtick anymore and will refrain from further opinions.

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  1. I too am looking for such an app. I downloaded the Natalie MacLean app too when I saw a great review about it and how it was free etc. Well, it wasn't that free as she wants a monthly fee and I found the whole thing annoying and don't feel like paying a lifetime annuity to get her recommendations (nor did I find her recommendations that accurate). And, the LCBO app is indeed pretty weak unless all you want to do is browse listings.

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    1. re: Flexitarian

      I deleted my Natalie app a while ago... Okay... I guess I will share my opinion... I used to like her quirkiness, but now she just seems like she's endorsing wines vs. reviewing them... I get that she's a business woman, but she'd expand her audience if she just charged once for her app. I no longer refer to her reviews - haven't in ages. I have my fave consultant at my LCBO... he's like a wine God. Every reco he's made has been incredible, and he never just goes for the most expensive.. he always asks what I want to spend and has even reco'd some amazing wines under $10. Wish I remembered what they were but my LCBO app doesn't have that feature so I just add all the stuff I try to my Favourites. So I don't need Natalie for wine advice. I just need an app to help me track them and make notes.... If LCBO's had ratings and notes, it would be great. Anyway, I'm just surprised that this subject hasn't been explored in greater detail on CH and to a great extent online. I think I'm going to download VinGo for $1.99... it's not about the money... it's just that if it doesn't provide the features I want/need, even $1.99 is a waste.

      1. re: Moimoi

        Where can I find this wonderful LCBO employee? I need help!

        1. re: Flexitarian

          Peter at Avenue and Lawrence location. Not sure if he works at other locations.

    2. Interesting, there definitely seems to be a demand for this type of app. If it doesn't exist maybe contact people that make apps like this for other markets (like, a general wine app and see if they will integrate LCBO info) or maybe if everyone suggested to LCBO improvements they might listen ....maybe not now but down the road..

      1. Well looks like the chickens are coming home to roost for Natalie Maclean. This was just posted today in The Star: 'Online wine writer feels wrath of grape lover' ttp://

        She's apparently using other people's reviews without attribution and also requiring wineries to pay her to be reviewed. Not only that, she's surprised that anyone complained that she used other people's reviews without attribution and was hardly apologetic when she was called on it. Sheesh!

        I never trusted her reviews, never liked her recommendations, nor felt it was worth paying her ridiculous monthly fee for wine reviews. I only downloaded her app because I read an article about her 'free' wine app. Yes, free to download, but costly to get wine review updates each month. I'm not surprised by this latest news.

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        1. re: Flexitarian

          Wow. This article points out even more of the disturbing practices of Natalie:

          1. re: Flexitarian

            I'm finding that the most useful LCBO Vintages reviews nowadays come from the website Every Vintages release is intelligently assessed in a manner that can indicate whether or not you might like a particular bottle. Best buys are highlighted. And the website also reviews new additions to the general shelves. A gem of a website. And, unlike Natalie, it's free, free, free.

            1. re: juno

              Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but try "WineQuest".

              1. re: juno

                My favourite wine reviewer is Alan Kerr of Gang Of Pour. He only writes sporadically, but he's honest to the core and quite witty. I often laugh and take notes when reading.

                1. re: Googs

                  Thanks, but is there an app associated with the blog?

            2. re: Flexitarian

              Interesting, thanks. I'm not surprised. I don't want to dwell from the topic, but I watched this Natalie Maclean video yesterday (yes, I still get her newsletter which I almost never read. Her early ones were actually good.) and was drawn to the pizza and wine pairing. Mmmmm, pizza. While I don't want to sound harsh or like a Natalie Maclean hater, I thought it was rather unappetizing that you can hear her drinking her wine and chewing her pizza in this video. On top of it, as per the comments, I checked the LCBO on the day it was posted and there was no stock.

            3. Okay, I lied... I do want to complain about Natalie Maclean. She presents as a nice, down home girl, but every time I decide to give her another chance to prove me wrong in her newsletters, I'm annoyed... like today. I opened up her Super Bowl recommendations and nothing is ever straight-forward with her. I selected the link to Super Bowl pairings looking forward to an article about the best wines for delicious high calorie football fare and all I get is a list of wines without any descriptions or details or food pairings. Another missed opportunity to draw in readers, vs. frustrate them.