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WinePoynt is the Pandora of Wine Apps. Drink, Rate, Repeat.

WinePoynt is a new app that recently launched in Dallas that is like the Pandora for wine. It allows you to track wines you like, create your own personal list, then it suggests other wines you may like. Furthermore, the app will tell you where you can buy that wine.

Or, say, you're at a restaurant and are overwhelmed by the 14-page wine list. Pull out WinePoynt, and if that restaurant is in the app, let it be your guide. Based on your previous preferences and ratings, the app will make suggestions.

Found a new wine you love? Scan the bar code, rate it and add it to your ever-growing lists of favorite wines.

The developers for this application actually came up with the idea after several rounds at Cru one evening. They met up with their friend and sommelier, Chris Taylor and together for the past several of years have been developing the app. It just recently launched in the Dallas area. I got to chat with Chris Taylor recently to get more details.

What kinds of features are used to rate wine on WinePoynt? There are hundreds of features and values that we want to be able to provide and we had to come up with a way to build a product that could be launched and also be able to sustain constant development. After three years of building the app, we launched it with basically only 5 to 10 percent of the intended functionality.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.