The first virtual sommelier is now available online for free – Combivino is the smart app that pairs 2,000 recipes to hundreds of wine labels and over 70 types of craft beers.
Rome, Italy (RestaurantNews.com) Combivino, the international app that enables the pairing of wine and beer with food, is available in English and all over the world.
Combivino is the first app that pairs wine and craft beers with food simultaneously via smart matching: there are almost 2,000 regional and international recipes, over 900 types of wine and 76 beer styles. The application is free to download from Google Play and the App Store and enables everyone to discover the basics of wine tasting.
A success that stems from Italy and numbers over 1 million interactions including clicks and internal searches with an increasing number of downloads on the Italian market alone. The English version is expected to see a boom in downloads.
The global beer and wine market is booming. According to Statista, the wine segment is set to reach $366 billion in 2022 while that of beer will reach $643 billion, with an estimated growth ratio of around 7% for the next few years.
Combivino is a ‘Virtual Sommelier’ ideal for consulting the wine list in a restaurant or choosing the right bottle in the wine shop or supermarket. The app also allows you to share your knowledge with friends, business partners and partner. Sector experts can also use the app to find out more about pairings with lesser-known wines and beers, in all their many nuances and geographic indications.
Federica Zivi explains that “Our wine classification system focuses on the body as well as the predominant organoleptic note. The texture and body go hand in hand, while the aromas and the organoleptic notes match the sensory and aromatic characteristics. Combivino also has two special functions exclusive to our pairing system: the Multi-course pairing, which enables the finding of pairings suitable for multiple courses, and the Tasting option, which recommends wines according to the correct tasting order based on intensity and persistence.”
The project was started by an Italian start-up three years ago. It was made possible by a team consisting of Alessio, the founder, Federica Zevi (co-founder and managing director for food and wine) and Salvatore Cosenza (professor and expert craft beer judge). The goal was to create a map of the top wine-producing countries and match hundreds of appellations and grape varieties with international cuisines.
Combivino was launched in Italy and has been downloaded thousands of times every month. The app is most popular at lunchtime and dinner , depending on where you are located and when you visit. Combivino was actually designed to make it easy to find the right wine to open at home or to help you navigate the wine list in a restaurant.
These numbers are bound to grow due to the constant addition of pairings, content, and the kind collaboration of local promotional bodies and foreign sales offices. Combivino’s international launch presents a challenge that is even greater. Combivino must offer pairing options for all types of cuisines and be able to represent lesser-known production areas.
Alessio Mamasergio, co-founder of Combivino, said that the outstanding results of the project are dependent on the culture and passion of our team for good food, and good wines. Now the objective is to promote Combivino all over the world involving companies, the media and se