The interesting thing about information is that there never seems to be enough of it. Or at least, thatâ€™s what we seem to think these days. Itâ€™s not enough to have our 5 senses giving us the input we need to function each day, but now we need to know other things that are beyond our own realm of existence.
Huh? Whaddya talkinâ€™ about now?
Well, there are these apps that Iâ€™ve been adding to my iPhone that do all kinds of things. The phrase, â€śThereâ€™s an app for that,â€ť started out as a helpful hint, merged slowly into a punch line, and has now taken the last exit to clichĂ©-land. But part of that is true. It does give us lots of information and some of it is not only important, but downright helpful.
Take this past Summer Wine Festival. I needed to know where and what time the Similkameen BBQ King Championship was happening and I consulted the Wine Festivals app on my phone. Along with a list of wineries and restaurants, it also lists information for all of the events that happen in each of the seasonal Okanagan Wine Festivals. Until that time, I had not really used it all that much and so after a bit of fumbling, I found what I was looking for and made it to the event on time.
Hereâ€™s where the app gets better. I can enter in all my wines that I taste and give them ratings and information to help remember what it was like. Later that weekend, I tried out a bottle of Noble Ridgeâ€™s new Mingle, the newest wine from this small Okanagan Falls winery and entered it into my app. It was a little confusing at first but I put in the information that I felt was important â€“ beautiful tropical aromas, off-dry, medium finish. I gave it 3 stars and called it a day. (I would have given it 4 but I didnâ€™t really like it being off-dry â€“ itâ€™s just not what I prefer in a Pinot Gris. Iâ€™ve been a big fan of their Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay for years but this wine just didnâ€™t do it for me the way that their Pinot Grigio always does.)
As I add more wines to it, it will become my new reference for wines that I taste. Unless I forget my phone while Iâ€™m shopping, it will always be there when Iâ€™m wandering through the aisles at the wine store where that kind of information will come in handy. And just like wine; there will never be enough of it.
Cheers from wine country!