Natalie MacLean Wine Reviews

Natalie MacLean Wine Reviews


(2 stars)


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10,000 - 50,000 downloads

  • Many features
  • Great design
  • Most features are paid ones
  • It's not well marketed
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Expert's Review

"Wine picks with an expert"

Reviewed by / Mar 28, 2012

Reviews, bar code, quotes, facts... all wine!

Natalie MacLean Wine Picks is an application that finds the perfect wine pairing for each meal. When you open the app, it asks you to register and then offers a fee of $2.10/ month for no more bad wine and thousands of reviews. The problem is that this app is marketed as a free app and that's not true.

You can't access to the pairings or reviews without sharing the info via twitter or facebook and you need to pay for the barcode scanner, which is why most users downloaded the app in the first place. You can access for free to the blog entries, wine quotes, wineries, wine facts or information about Natalie's book, which you can also find in the Internet.

If you have enough with those features and a few more, you'll be perfectly happy with the app, but it's undeniable that it's wrongly promoted and should specify that most of the services are paid. Besides that, the design is clean and aesthetic and it's easy to use, although it force closed twice.

Natalie MacLean is the developer of Natalie MacLean Wine Picks, an application for wine lovers and people who want to choose the best wines for the family and friends. It's kind of confusing whether which features are free or not.

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Developer's original description available here
- Named Best Wine Reviews & Ratings app by Globe & Mail, NY Times, CBC, CTV and Computerworld Magazine

- Note: with so many Android versions and new updates, it is cost-prohibitive for me as a journalist to create a new app for every version. So I've launched a responsive design version of the web site that works on all Android devices and gives you the mobile app experience. Try it at

- Scan a bottle bar code to get: wine tasting notes, scores, prices, current store stock, recipes and food pairings for 150,000 wines at the LCBO, SAQ, BC Liquor Stores, Liquor Plus, Alberta liquor stores, MLCC, SLC, NSLC, NB Liquor, NF Liquor, PEILCC, Sherry-Lehmann, Morrell, Binny’s, Sam’s Wine, Wally’s Wine & Spirits and thousands of other liquor stores

- Bonus features: cellar journal, glossary, winery directory, Twitter, Facebook

- Created by Natalie MacLean, named the World's Best Drink Writer at the World Food Media Awards and publisher of one of the largest wine sites on the web at

For Natalie's free monthly newsletter:

Note from Nat …

Hello my fellow wine lover,

We can't address issues posted here as often there’s not enough info, so please e-mail me if you have a feature to suggest or there's a bug to fix:

This is a labor of love: it has cost me personally more than $30,000 to create and keep updating this app. More than 90% of the content is free, including thousands of archived wine reviews, articles and recipes.

You get a two-month free trial of the wine reviews that cost $2.10/month to see if you like them. This is the only way that I can recoup a small portion, but not all of the cost of continuing to add new features for you. I hope you like it … if you do, please leave a review.


Natalie MacLean is an independent journalist and author of the bestsellers Red, White and Drunk All Over and Unquenchable. She has won six International Association of Culinary Professional (IACP) awards and four James Beard Journalism Awards, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.

Motorola Droid X Users:

Please note that the 2.3 Gingerbread update limits the camera's functionality and interferes with the scanning function on the app. A manual barcode input option has been included in case your device was affected during the upgrade.

What's New

- Shortened app download time, increased app speed
- Bugs fixed for Force Close, Current Wine Reviews, Facebook, Twitter
- Improved navigation, ease of use
- Requires Android OS 2.2+

Recently changed in this version

- Shortened app download time, increased app speed
- Bugs fixed for Force Close, Current Wine Reviews, Facebook, Twitter
- Improved navigation, ease of use
- Requires Android OS 2.2+

Lists with Natalie MacLean Wine Reviews

Some lists where this application appears: Reviewed by Anna Grace.

Comments and ratings for Natalie MacLean Wine Reviews
  • (37)

    by van nghiem on 18/06/2014

    Some good info on pairings and such but the Barcode scanner didn't find many of my wines.

  • (37)

    by Sandro Borghesi on 09/06/2014

    This app is a must when shopping at the LCBO. Just scan the barcode and you can read Natalie's review before you purchase. I find the reviews accurate and I'm seldom disappointed with my selection.

  • (37)

    by HD vido on 10/06/2013

    This is potentially one of the best wine apps for Android for Canadian users. It has everything one needs in selecting a decent wine: useful reviews, plenty of detail on the product, even a photo in most cases. Where it completely falls flat is when one gets to the part where you attempt to find out which store LOCATION the wine is available at. It gets utterly lost, offering store locations not