I'm sure a nice bottle of wine is getting opened in Copenhagen today. Vivino, the Danish wine app, has announced it has received $1 million in Series A funding from Creandum. Last year, the app received seed funding from SEED Capital and Skype co-founder Janus Friis.
Instead of focusing completely on wine discovery, Vivino takes the opposite direction to help you remember the bottles you've drank. That makes it sound like an app for alcoholics, but it really solves the problem when you really like the red you've had at your friend's party, but can't remember what it was the next day. To use the app, all you do is take a picture of the bottle and the image matching algorithm figures out everything about the bottle of wine - and even gives you a map view of where the winery is located. If you use the app discretely enough, you can come across as an expert.
Vivino has recently launched the second version of their wine app that allows users to get information and recommendations of almost any wine. Aside from providing database of around half a million bottles, the Danish startup has a pretty useful angle on the wine concept. The wines you most want to buy again are the ones you've already had -- like at a party or at a restaurant. You could rant and rave about a wine, but the next morning or a week later you've likely forgotten the name, or even if it was a red or white.