Hello Vino is a free iPhone app to help with wine advice in the store or restaurant. It will give you wine recommendations for: Pairing wine with a meal, selecting a wine for a gift or an occasion, finding a wine based on taste preference, discovering wines from a country or region, even tell you what meal to eat with your favorite wine. Check it out at www.hellovino.com or search in itunes (they also have options for non iphone users on the web page.)

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By Jeremy Schoemaker

Jeremy "ShoeMoney" Schoemaker is the founder & CEO of ShoeMoney Media Group, and to date has sold 6 companies and done over 10 million in affiliate revenue. In 2013 Jeremy released his #1 International Best selling Autobiography titled "Nothing's Changed But My Change" - The ShoeMoney Story. You can read more about Jeremy on his wikipedia page here.

68 thoughts on “Hello Vino – Free Shirt Friday”
  1. Wow. This is nice. The wine snobs (and winos) out there appreciate this. Thanks. Nice t-shirt too.

  2. Hey – What do you have to do to get your tshirt modeled by Jeremy? Is this part of the modeling agency gig? LOLz! Seriously – How do you get your tshirt posted?

    1. He has a link beneath the pic. Click on the link for instructions. You basically just send him a shirt, some basic company info, and the web address and he will wear it. I don’t think you have to pay anything. Check out all the shirts he’s worn.

  3. Can I model a tshirt on your site? (wink!) I promise to look extra cute.

  4. Hello Jeremy,

    Thanks for featuring the free Hello Vino app in your Free Shirt Friday program! As online marketers, our team has followed for blog for a few years now. This is really an honor.

    The shirt looks great, by the way. 😉


    The Hello Vino Team

      1. Since a few of you are curious about the app download numbers, and this site gets a lot of traffic from analytical web people, here are the goods:

        We analyzed the previous week’s Friday through Monday downloads, during which we had no major promotions. Then, we compared the download numbers of this past weekend (Fri, Apr 2 through Mon, Apr 5). The free Hello Vino app had an average 26.55% increase in downloads across the four days, which can be largely attributed to this Shoemoney.com post. Friday’s single-day comparison was +41.7%.

        Thanks for the excellent exposure, Jeremy, and I hope you’re enjoying the shirt!


        – The Hello Vino Team

  5. I think the ‘Tom Sawyer’ would have gone well w this pic. Where are all the coolio poses?

    1. The lazy monkey pose would be better. Imagine Shoe with a wine bottle in hand, sitting under a tree.

  6. I cannot imagine a more perfect iPhone app for a foodie like myself. THX a ton for sharing! I am going out to dinner tomorrow night, and can’t wait to test this in the real world!

  7. Have you put a bit of weight back on mate? Or is it just a bad pic?

    Always tackling the fat monstor myself.

    1. He does look kinda chubby with his cheeks and chin. But he still looks good in my opinion. 🙂

  8. Exceeded my expectations. Thanks for posting! You prolly won’t find Mad Dog on this list, but there are nice pairing suggestions, and this is pretty easy to use.

  9. i remember to write review about this lol, that is a joke. is this wine for gnu/linux?

  10. Not much of a wino myself, but this is a great app. Now I’m REALLY tempted to get an iphone.

  11. Awesome app. I heard about this before from friends in the travel/food business. It has complete, detailed info about wines (or at least I think so. Relevant info enough for a non-wino), plus it’s very easy to use.

  12. Did they send you a complimentary bottle of wine that goes with the shirt? I would’ve liked a free bottle of wine. But a shirt is okay too. You always get free stuff, Shoe, no fair. 🙁

  13. I’ve always wondered about wine pairings. Like, how can you tell this goes with fish? Or this goes with tomato sauce? My grandma used to say, “You just know”, but it’s such a mystery to me. Never been much of a wine-taster, I guess.

    Anyways, thanks for the link, Shoe. This is a great app for non-wine-lovers like me.

    1. I completely know what you mean. And it drives me nuts when some of my wino friends say, “oh this is fruity”, or “this one tastes musky like oak and tobacco”. I don’t really get it.

  14. It seems to me your readers are divided between the non-winos and winos. Well, I’m a wino. And I already have this app. 🙂

  15. You look happy with your shirt, Jeremy. Or is it because you’re wearing it outside? It looks like a comfy shirt.

  16. I wonder what the source for the wine pairings is. I mean, did they go with just popular pairings or generally accepted pairings? Did they even consult sommeliers or did they just take this off the internet someplace? Also, I wonder if its database gets updated?

    1. Good question. Maybe the app developer is a wine connoisseur or he/she has sommelier friends. Not sure about the updates though. Food taste doesn’t change, does it? And wine bottles have no expiration dates. Hm, maybe they do update it whenever they find a new pairing or something.

    2. I’m sure the app gets updated somehow, but people are pretty loose with wine pairings nowadays, so I’m pretty sure it doesn’t need to get updated as often as it would have been if it had come out at a time when, say, people believed that only red wine could be had with meat.

    3. Hi PattyT12,

      Thanks for the comment, and the kind words you posted earlier. To answer your questions:

      1) We consulted help from master sommeliers and Certfied Specialists of Wine to help with the food & wine pairings and flavor profiles. Then, we made sure to help translate the wine-speak into easy terms with pronunciations within the app.

      2) Yes, the database of wine pairings and recommendations gets updated frequently. When you open and close the app, it checks for new suggestions (for example, this month was Easter wines, and next month will have Mother’s Day gift suggestions).

      Thanks again for downloading, and Cheers!

      – The Hello Vino Team

  17. Hey, Shoe, ever notice that the logos on your shirts are becoming more and more like ads? Or is that the whole point? And again, I think this shirt could have gone with a bigger logo. It’s nice and all, but it looks disproportional, like an icon on a computer screen.

    1. It’s a cute shirt, though I agree with Tammy – the logos are getting too small and icon-like.

    1. True, that. I could impress friends (and romantic friends *wink*) with this app. It would look like I’m a wine drinker, when in fact I’m more of a beer drinker.

      1. I used to prefer beer too, but I switched to wine. Wine has fewer calories. I’m trying to lose weight, and what better way to begin a healthy lifestyle than ditching beer for wine?

    2. Hahahaha! I was about to say that this is one app that will work with the ladies, but apparently someone’s beat me to it.

  18. Hey, can we add apps to the iPad too? Can’t help but be curious since it’s just been released. Thinking of getting one — that is, if I could get it for free. 😀

    1. You can. Lots of available iPad apps listed on the Apple site. But I’m not sure if there’s a Hello Vino app for iPad already. Probably not.

    2. Don’t you think it’s a little too early to think about a free iPad? No one’s going to give that away yet. Too early.

    3. Really, you got the iPad? A lot of people say it’s a thing of tech beauty, but I’ve got my doubts. And a new app on a new phone might be asking for trouble. But good luck to you, my friend.

    4. I don’t think they’d have a version of this app for the iPad yet – seeing as this was developed just recently, and solely for the iPhone. If the app was being developed before the release of the iPad, then the developers would not have been ready to develop a version that matched the iPad’s specs. But it’s likely that, in the near future, they’ll release one for the iPad.

      1. But I thought that one of the best reasons to get an iPad was that it would run all iPhone apps? Yes, each and every single one of the 140,000 iPhone apps available.

      2. But Jeremy didn’t say the app was new. He just said it’s free. As far as their press release goes, Apple’s iPad runs all of the iPhone’s apps flawlessly. So we can assume that, if the app was developed for the iPhone, it’ll run on the iPad.

  19. I like the small icon shirts. There’s nothing to distract from the logo anyway – the rest of the shirt’s a nice, blank sheet in a contrasting shade.

    1. I don’t know. For once, I’d like to see Jeremy in a shirt that looks nice (meaning, designed better) on top of marketing a product.

  20. Cool shirt. Simple but still looks awesome. Also, looks like a cool app but I am far from needing such advice.

  21. I think that while an app like this is very convenient, one has to guard against becoming too dependent on it and losing your sense of what you like versus what people say you should like. In wine, it’s more important to trust the former.

    1. Agreed. I think the use of apps like this will soon become either a food snob’s ultimate put-down or an ultimate tool.

  22. Nice t-shirt this week. Simple, yet attractive, and they don’t try to cram every inch of the shirt with their name/logo.

  23. I am pretty new to iPhone apps but I love the apps companies like Hello Vino come up with. It sounds great to be able to pick a wine that goes well with your food and look like a wine expert when you are out eating with friends 🙂

  24. This is a pretty cool app. I never would have heard about it other than on fsf.

    The info is a little basic and the pairings a little repetative but based on the alernatives it’s very cool

    well worth the download and it doesn’t get much cheaper than free 😉

  25. Sounds like a great app, but you’ll look more like a tool than a connoisseur if your pulling out your iphone in front of the waiter and reading off the facts.

  26. This app is genius. If I were a wino I would be using this for sure. It will make even the least knowledgeable wine lover seem knowledgeable.

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