I am trying to find a good wine cellar application tio start tracking what I have, what I like, etc. I have seen a few, but am not completely happy with any of them.

Here's what I would like it to do:
- List qty and pricing that I have in house
- Allow me to rate, or use WS rating
- Allow me to keep track of what I tasted and liked/disliked so when I go shopping, I know what to buy
- Has a large database of wines

I tried "The Personal Wine Curator, and it seems to be the best I've tried so far. I grabbed three bottles I have and tried entering them. 2 of them were never found... 2005 Chateau Malbat Bordeaux and 2001 Chateau Branaire Saint-Julien. And I can't seem to get the Drink By working.

What is everyone else using?
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...this might be stupid q but .... i have about three hundred and twenty bottles of wine in my cellar (but probably about two hundred and twenty DIFFERENT bottles--->as i have multiples of certain ones i really like as well as vertical collections that are in their infancy)...my q is: when does one really need the help of cellartracker....I seem to just know my collection quite well (just by walking into my cellar) without the aid of technology of a website ....don't get me wrong...i am a technogeek with four ipods, three mac computers at home,six pc's at my office etc) ........................tell my purple......just how do you typiclly use CT? .... and yes i have already visited the site but i am not(yet)a believer.............................
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
CellarTracker.

End of thread. Wink

PH
I know folks (Stefania Wine and wine + art to name a couple) who have pretty substantial cellars and just kinda keep it all in their noggins. They are both very bright individuals, but I still have to believe that they have an occasional, "Oh, I forgot I had that buried over here," or "Where the hell did I put that damn bottle of Kendall Jackson Merlot," moment. EekRazz The ability to input a location for a wine has been helpful for me in putting my hands on a bottle when I don't have a lot of time to look around.

I started using CT when my collection hit around 500 bottles and wish I'd started using it sooner.

I use it to keep my collection list current, to occasionally print a winelist for friends and guests to noodle over and to give me a quick overview of my collection to give me ideas on what to drink next. It's been helpful in reminding me of older wines that need to be drunk up.

Although I depend less on the tasting notes there unless I recognize the poster, they can be helpful in determing drinking windows.

PH
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Originally posted by Ogopogo DUDE:
my q is: when does one really need the help of cellartracker....I seem to just know my collection quite well (just by walking into my cellar) without the aid of technology of a website


When you don't seem to just know your collection very well (just by walking into your cellar) without the aid of technology of a website or any of the reasons below.

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Originally posted by Ogopogo DUDE:
....just how do you typiclly use CT?


One click to generate wine list.
One click to generate a report of consumption patterns (by region/grape varietal/vintage/etc...).
One click to generate a report on purchase patterns (by region/grape varietal/vintage/etc...).
One click to view all previous transactions with a specific bottle (purchases/consumption/TN/etc...).
Readiness to drink report (but this generally requires prespecified parameters).

and many more. But if none of these features interest you and you have no problems with recalling the contents of your cellar, then you don't need CT.
Another vote here for CellarTracker. Great program, and based online so I can access it anywhere. Plus, it's fun to look at what other people have in their cellars, who has a particular wine that you purchased, etc. I also love th fact that I can go back and look up that awesome bottle of XXXXX that I can't remember the name of!

-mJ
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Originally posted by Edward_Kelly:
I am using My Wine Assistant, a very good web based cellar software.

Check by yourself: http://www.mywineassistant.com


Took a quick look. It is absolute garbage compared to CellerTracker. Roll Eyes

Example: Did a quick search using Banfi as the producer. The results came up with 3 options.

Castello Banfi - Chianti - Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

Castello Banfi - Sangiovese - Brunello di Montalcino

Castello Banfi - Sangiovese - Poggio all'Oro - Riserva

Did the same search using CellarTracker. 53 results.

No contest.

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Took a quick look. It is absolute garbage compared to CellerTracker. Roll Eyes
Example: Did a quick search using Banfi as the producer. The results came up with 3 options.
Castello Banfi - Chianti - Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
Castello Banfi - Sangiovese - Brunello di Montalcino
Castello Banfi - Sangiovese - Poggio all'Oro - Riserva
Did the same search using CellarTracker. 53 results.
No contest.
PH


Indeed, CellArTracker has a very extensive database and very often with a lot of wrong information and duplicated wines, but as a Cellar Management software I still think My Wine Assistant is a better solution.
Can you visualise your cellar or your racks with CT ? Wink
I'm sure there are people who are convinced that Kendall Jackson Merlot is superior to Petrus.

Visualize my cellar? Why do I need to visualize it? It's 50 feet from my kitchen. I can go look at it. And with CellarTracker I know where every one of my bottles is.

If I tried to input my cellar in this Wonderbread wine program of yours I'd be spending hours creating data entries. Pasadena.

Are you a friend of the creator of this thing? I cannot imagine someone even comparing this Edsel to CellarTracker without having a dog in the race.

PH
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Visualize my cellar? Why do I need to visualize it? It's 50 feet from my kitchen. I can go look at it. And with CellarTracker I know where every one of my bottles is.

I am not that lucky, most my wine, is in a wine storage, in boxes or racks, so this feature is very good for me.
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If I tried to input my cellar in this Wonderbread wine program of yours I'd be spending hours creating data entries. Pasadena.

I am sure of that. Pasadena ?
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Are you a friend of the creator of this thing? I cannot imagine someone even comparing this Edsel to CellarTracker without having a dog in the race.

That is a silly question. Of course I am friend of the creator, as I am your friend now.

Either way, it was nice to exchange ideas about "wine programs" with you. Your arguments are really very strong (KJ vs Petrus) and I will not post in threads where you post because now I know: You are the man !!! Cool Cheers.
For about the last 20 years, I've kept all information about my wines in a standard computer database. It allows me to add whatever information I need in a format that's useful to me. It's easy to update, can be sorted in any way I want, can be modified to add new data fields or to create new forms and reports, and it's private.
...i must say, .... i do have quite a few bottles that when i go into my cellar and pick a bottle out i will say,.... oh yeah,...i forgot i had that one or this one (i thought i drank that one already but i guess i musta had a secondary one of that)...
..........or if my wife goes over to one of her friend's house and raids 'my' cellar of 'my' bottles to bring one over....i will be looking for THAT particular bottle and it is not there, ......
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Originally posted by sarbuze:
The best I've seen:

cellartracker.com

Has a simple layout, easy to use, and great wine database. Can also print bar codes, wine lists, etc.


Hi, I know that this add is from 2007 but if
your watching I must agree with my friend here Smile and I highly recommend of cellartracker.com
very friendly system you can find anything and
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I've been using The Uncorked Cellar (www.uncork.biz) for several years and am extremely pleased with the program. Great support from Brian Allen, the owner/author and very good functionality. He has a free download you can try and I highly recommend the program.
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Originally posted by B Webster:
I've been using The Uncorked Cellar (www.uncork.biz) for several years and am extremely pleased with the program. Great support from Brian Allen, the owner/author and very good functionality. He has a free download you can try and I highly recommend the program.


Since this thread has been resurrected I'll continue the main theme..... CellarTracker. It's free (unless you are so satisfied you want to send Eric LeVine some cash, which I have done) and easy to use. It's just a shame it's such a damn ugly interface, but hey, nobody's perfect.

I still use my original Excel spreadsheet to have an offline record, but really, CellarTracker is unbeatable.
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Originally posted by B Webster:
I've been using The Uncorked Cellar (www.uncork.biz) for several years and am extremely pleased with the program. Great support from Brian Allen, the owner/author and very good functionality. He has a free download you can try and I highly recommend the program.


Dito.
CT here as well.

I have tried using the "Beta" version but find myself using the original site more often than not. I know Beta was designed to be more visually appealing and to make cellar management tasks easier, but the old version just feels more...comfortable.

Anyone else finding the Beta version awkward and unfamiliar to use? Or is it it way better than the original and I just need to put in the time until I get used to it?
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
CT here as well.

I have tried using the "Beta" version but find myself using the original site more often than not. I know Beta was designed to be more visually appealing and to make cellar management tasks easier, but the old version just feels more...comfortable.

Anyone else finding the Beta version awkward and unfamiliar to use? Or is it it way better than the original and I just need to put in the time until I get used to it?


Is that the grape stories thing? If so then ditto...

But my cellar has been so untracked that I have stopped logging things in CT for over a year.
Grape Stories? Um, yeah, it was, until they realized the name CellarTracker had more brand recognition than "Grape Stories". So Grape Stories also became CellarTracker, but was christened 'Beta' to distinguish it from the original CT site. Or something.
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
CT here as well.

I have tried using the "Beta" version but find myself using the original site more often than not. I know Beta was designed to be more visually appealing and to make cellar management tasks easier, but the old version just feels more...comfortable.

Anyone else finding the Beta version awkward and unfamiliar to use? Or is it it way better than the original and I just need to put in the time until I get used to it?

I use it for entering purchases, but only because it has a much easier interface for adding bottle notes for each of the bottles I've purchased. Nothing else has struck me as an improvement.
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
CT here as well.

I have tried using the "Beta" version but find myself using the original site more often than not. I know Beta was designed to be more visually appealing and to make cellar management tasks easier, but the old version just feels more...comfortable.

Anyone else finding the Beta version awkward and unfamiliar to use? Or is it it way better than the original and I just need to put in the time until I get used to it?


I totally agree. I started using Cellartracker recently and the beta version does look better and more appealing. However I could not find my buddies link and the functionality is just not as developed. Beta needs to evolve to Gamma soon.

But its the same developer for both right? Eric Levine. I don't think it is the evolution of this Grape Stories that is mentioned in other posts. Or am I wrong??
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Originally posted by RightBankFan:
But its the same developer for both right? Eric Levine. I don't think it is the evolution of this Grape Stories that is mentioned in other posts. Or am I wrong??

Same developer, but this beta was originally intended to become Grape Stories. The name change was dropped even if all of the social media features were not.
Hi everybody,

If you search for a wine cellar software, you can find the one I released of my own.
As a wine lover, I never found a software meeting my needs. Most of the apps I tried are either too complicated or advocate standardization of tasting experiences.

For instance, I don't like softwares that suggest out-of-the-box wine and food pairing. I consider we don't have the same taste and nothing is better than our owne experience.

So I developed a software where, tastings after tastings, I register what seems the best for me with this bottle. Query features then help me find the best food and wine pairing based on my own experience.

In the same way, this software's database holds the exhaustive list of French denominations of origin (source is INAO - Institut National des Appellations d'Origine) ... because I'm French Cool (sorry, nobody's perfect Razz ) and such denominations are of utmost importance in our culture. But this is not the case of other countries. So I made my software compatible with other cultures. Thus, wine denominations and regions are not locked so that anyone can add his own. It is also available in english.

I personally provide assistance on the site forum and take into consideration any suggestion of improvement which might be relevant to users. Installed programs are automatically updated at startup if an update is published.

So I hope we'll meet on my website ( comprendre-le-vin.fr) where you'll find all information about this software... in English of course !

I'm waiting for your suggestions !

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