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Hello Wine Lovers,

the following Products link to companies and individuals that have developed wine cellar software. Bay Country Liquors Inc. does not endorse any of these products for financial gains. The order in which these products appear is not an indicator of  their quality.

With the dynamic nature of the Internet, of course, we do not guarantee that each link is still active at the time you are reading this. If you know of a software product and you would like to share the URL or your experience with the product, please send us an E-mail  or visit our Guestbook .

By the way, did you know that many of the products listed here can also be used to track your Whiskey and Scotch notes? Well yes, give it a try.

Before you dive into the following links you may want to consider building your own cellar software database. If you are lucky enough to have Microsoft Access installed on your PC you can build your own software in just a few minutes. Did you know that MS Access is installed with a sample wine database? Yes, that's right.  Simply start MS Access, click on "File" and then on "New" menu. Next, select the "Databases" tab and select "Wine List". Follow the easy instructions and in a few minutes you have a full working wine database. With a little trial and error you can personalize your software until you are happy with your results.

The comments in "black" under each title is what the software producer has either provided to us or was copied from their Website.

The "Trial Results", (blue) you may see on some products are based on my personal "test drive" of a product. It is subjective, of course, and my opinion may not agree with yours. And for whatever it's worth, I was not encouraged by the author/seller, by any means, to come to a certain result. Unfortunately test driving all the products here is a slow process and it may take a while until you see a more complete list of my results.

If you are the author of a product and do not agree with my opinion or have made major modifications to your product let me know and I am more than happy to review the product again.

Finally, if you have a problem with my grammar...., too bad.


Product: Wine from WineHQ                      Version:  BETA
URL:   http://www.winehq.com/
Operating System:          Windows on Linux
Cost:                                 Free
Trial/Demo Available:
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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Vendor Description:

Wine is a translation layer (a program loader) capable of running Windows applications on Linux and other POSIX compatible operating systems. Windows programs running in Wine act as native programs would, running without the performance or memory usage penalties of an emulator, with a similar look and feel to other applications on your desktop.

The Wine project started in 1993 as a way to support running Windows 3.1 programs on Linux. Bob Amstadt was the original coordinator, but turned it over fairly early on to Alexandre Julliard, who has run it ever since. Over the years, ports for other Unixes have been added, along with support for Win32 as Win32 applications became popular.

Wine is still under development, and it is not yet suitable for general use. Nevertheless, many people find it useful in running a growing number of Windows programs. Please see the Application Database for success and failure reports for hundreds of Windows programs, as well as the Bug Tracking Database for a list of known issues, and the Status page for a global view on Wine's implementation progress.

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Product: Wine Cellar                 Version:  N/A
URL:   http://www.geocities.com/NapaValley/5996/
Operating System:          Windows 95/98 or higher
Cost:                                 Free
Trial/Demo Available:
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:         Straight forward
Ease of use:                      Very easy
Help Function:                  No
Major Features:               Tasting and general notes; assign rating by color, flavor, aroma and other characteristics
Printing:                             Screen Prints
Export/Import:                   N/A
Backup:                              N/A
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Recommendation:            Recommended because it is free

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Vendor Description:

Free 32-bit software (Win95 or NT operating system is required). Fast, powerful, and easy to use with an intuitive graphical interface and detailed help utility. Searchable wine and tasting comments allows tracking of maturity dates, cellar locations, purchase dates, and more. Use the built-in standard (Davis System) or create any 10-category rating system. Trend analysis -- graph category scores and/or total ratings across time Create detailed inventory and tasting reports for easy accounting and ranking of wines.

Reviewer Comment:
Well, this software is free. No problems downloading and installing, although I was unable to place the files in a directory of my own choosing, no big deal. 
This is an easy to use, very simple in design and looks, program, but it works. I don't particular like the idea of assigning a numerical rating to color, flavor, aroma, and so on, but it allows for a statistical scoring display. 

There is section for tasting notes and general notes about each wine. It's an OK product and you need to decide whether to get this one for free or spend $40-50 bucks for something more flexible and with more features
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Product: Vintage Manager Basic             Version:  6.0
URL: www.vintagemanager.com
Operating System:          Windows 2000 or higher
Cost:                                 $49.99
Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:         Large download - Straight forward
Ease of use:                      Very easy & intuitive
Help Function:                  Yes
Major Features:               Tasting and general notes; cellar location & layout, add pictures, customize windows
Printing:                             Various Reporting
Export/Import:                   Yes
Backup:                              Yes
Limitations:
Recommendation:            Highly Recommended



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Vendor Description:

Vintage Manager (Cellar Management Software) allows the user to manage the wine inventory for wine collectors and wine cellars. It keeps track of wine inventory, wine type, appellation, grape varieties, price, location, quantity, capturing barcode, Custom Fields, wine tag and purchase place.  Advance tasting notes maintenance feature enable the user to enter multiple notes for wine. Advance features like uploading the data from the shared database using web service. Vintage Manager alerts the user about the wine whether its ready to drink or too late to drink wine. The data also can be viewed from the web. 

It allows to search the wine in Wine-searcher.com, WineSpectator.com and winecommune.com, matching wine glasses with wine and it keeps track of previously held wines (wines once hold) with transaction history and many more functions.

Reviewer Comment:
Vintage Manager, for a long time, was available free as a single version. The company now offers two versions, one is the Basic and the second the Professional version. The Basic version has several features removed and integrated into the Professional version. The Basic version is still very impressive and  in my opinion beats any other product that is offered for free or at similar cost. I strongly  recommend that you shell out a few bucks to have the CD shipped to you.

The windows layout is intuitive, clean and easy to follow after a few trials and errors.  Many of the windows and functions are highly customizable, which allows you to design each function and features the way you like it.

The help manual is nicely designed and appears in a separate browser window. A physical layout of your wine cellar can be designed using easy point and click moves. Your own bottle label picture can be inserted for each wine entered by making a few mouse clicks. Very professional designed. There are interfaces to your favorite Website and plenty of reports can be generated. This software is easy to learn and use. 




Product: Vintage Manager Professional             Version:  6.0
URL:  www.vintagemanager.com
Operating System:          Windows 2000 or higher
Cost:                                 $99.99
Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:         Large download - Straight forward
Ease of use:                      Very easy & intuitive
Help Function:                  Yes
Major Features:               Tasting and general notes; cellar location & layout, add pictures, customize windows, sales management, track cash/credit purchases, and many others.
Printing:                             Various Reporting
Export/Import:                   Yes
Backup:                              Yes
Limitations:
Recommendation:            Recommended

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Vendor Description:

Vintage Manager Professional has all the features that come in the Basic version. Additionally Vintage Manager Professional has convenient purchase tracking features in order to manage your purchase transactions from your suppliers.

Vintage Manager Professional's purchase features takes care of most purchase functions including creating and purchase order, maintaining a transaction ledger and producing various purchase reports. It keeps detailed information of all the cash / credit purchase  Invoices  and supplier information. When performing transactions involving quantity such as purchases, sales and returns, the quantity on hand is automatically updated. Easy reports allow you to see the beginning balance, transactions such as purchases and sales and an ending inventory balance. Once product received you purchase order automatically add the inventory to the wine.

The module also includes the following convenient features. A transaction memo field that allows you to enter free from and structured text so that you can record all the relevant purchase transaction information. Vintage Manager Professional also has a foreign currency field so that you can record the purchase currency. This is especially useful if you conduct transactions in different currencies. For example exchanges rates usually change from the time of purchase to the time when the actual payment is remitted. Vintage Manager Professional gives you the ability to view the purchase price at different exchange rates.

Vintage Manager Professional also allow you to set up multiple payment accounts so that you can pay for your purchases from more than one source..

Reviewer Comment:
The Professional version of Vintage Manager has many new functions and features that only recently were added. In addition to all the functions in the Basic version there is a sophisticated method to track your financial expenditures. A multitude of Internet interfaces get you to winesearcher.com and other sites.

The windows are very user friendly and easy to follow. There are just so many functions and features that it is almost impossible to get and accurate picture in the short time I am allowing for this review.

Before purchasing the Professional version I would recommend you take a close look at the description on their website or download each trial version and decide whether the Basic version will do just fine for you for $50 less.

I am recommending the software, but like others in this price range you need to decide if you are willing to spent this much money for the software.


Product: Vintage Manager Pocket PC     Version:  6.0
URL:  www.vintagemanager.com
Operating System:          Windows 2000 or higher
Cost:                                 $19.99
Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
Ease of Installation:         Download
Ease of use:                      
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Printing:                             
Export/Import:                   Interfaces with the Basic and Professional versions of Vintage Manager
Backup:                             Yes                   
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Vendor Description:

If your are on the road to attend the wine tasting event and if you would like to take tasting notes or you like to have your  wine collection data to be carried on your Pocket pc to show it to some one at the wine meetings.

The Shopping list feature to keep track of
your next purchase you are intended to make, then the Vintage manager pocket pc version allows you enter new wine information as well as synchronize the information between the desktop Vintage Manager version and pocket pc.

Maintains the wine type, appellation, drink and hold profile, bottle size, Variety and winery. 
          

  • Wine maintenance screen captures wine name, vintage year, wine type, variety, winery, country and its tasting notes.  
  • Flexible scoring system allows the user to choose their own scoring system like 8/10, 90/100 or ***/***** etc. 
  • Multiple tasting notes can be created for a wine 
  • Manages the vendor information with address and contact information. 
  • Shopping list screen manages the wines you are planning to purchase by vendor. 
  • Backup and restore option available for the recovery. Backups the data in the XML format. 
  • Data synchronized between Desktop Vintage manager.



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Product: WineDemocracy.com           Version:  online
URL:  WineDemocracy.com 
Operating System:          Internet Online
Cost:                                 Free
Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:         Large download - Straight forward
Ease of use:                      Easy & intuitive
Help Function:                  
Major Features:               Tasting and general notes; view other user's notes, searching, access from anywhere in the world

Printing:                             Screen printing only
Export/Import:                   No
Backup:                              No
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Recommendation:            Recommended


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Vendor Description:

WineDemocracy.com provides you with unlimited storage to manage your wine cellar online and build a database of your own tasting notes.

WineDemocracy.com allows you to easily arrange your wine inventory and tasting notes by vintage, producer, varietal, region and more!

Using WineDemocracy.com, you have access to your tasting notes and can manage your wine cellar inventory from anywhere in the world.


Reviewer Comment:
WineDemocracy.com is the new kid on the block. It features online tasting notes storing, which can be accessed from any computer in the world if you have Internet access. It has approximately 230 tasting notes for 190 wines as of this writing. I suppose with time the number of authors and tasting notes will increase and become more valuable for research. It should be noted that the software is Beta version, meaning that improvements and error corrections can be expected before the final operational release is published.

Here is what I found:  All in all the software is simple to use with no gimmicks. There are basically two functions; one is entering tasting notes and the second is displaying of tasting notes. Notes are easy to enter and many characteristics are selected from a menu by placing checkmarks in the appropriate boxes.

Searching for specific or general tasting notes is also simple and is done by providing certain search criteria. Unfortunately one problem is that the resulting list cannot be sorted into a desired sequence and the software seems to just arbitrarily retrieve the notes from the database and display them as they are retrieved. Once several thousand notes are in the database it is probably not a good idea to force all records to be retrieved. A user can retrieve his/her own notes and/or tasting notes that were entered by other users.

There is no print function other than selecting “print” from the file menu of the browser. While this works OK, it would be nice to have several options to expand on what will be printed, the sort order, or limit the information. It would also be great if an option would allow downloading notes to ones own computer or better yet a palm device.

I like the cleanliness of the software and its function. I also like the fact that I can access or enter new notes from anywhere in the world. I am not a fan of online databases, which are not under my control, but I do recommend the software because it is free and very easy to use. As with all online databases I caution users not to rely that your notes are still available in a month or year from now, or that access to the software continues to be free. If the owner of the Website decides to fold your notes will go to. So, keep a backup copy
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Product: WinWein          Version:  N/A
URL:  http://www.winwein.de/
Operating System:          Internet Browser
Cost:                                 50.00 EURO
Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
Language:                        Deutsch/German
Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
Ease of Installation:        
Ease of use:                      
Help Function:                 Yes                  
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Printing:                             
Export/Import:                 Export to Palm, Internet,    
                                          Excel
                 
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Vendor Description:

Die intuitive Benutzerführung macht WinWein zu einer Weinsoftware, die auch für noch “Software unerfahrene Weinfreunde” geeignet ist und den Einstieg in die interessante Welt des Weines erleichtert.
 
Die grafische Bedienoberfläche ermöglicht einfaches "Sortieren" und die "Bearbeitung" Ihrer Weindaten über detaillierte Registerkarten (Stammdaten, Lager- sowie Bewertungsdaten, Notizen, Kellerbuch und Speisen).

Komfortable "Mausbedienung" sowie das Auslösen aller Programmfunktionen zusätzlich über "Hotkeys" und Sie importieren z.B. das Etikett Ihres Lieblings-Weines mit nur einem Mausklick. Ebenso können Sie die Unterschreitung Ihres festgelegten Mindestbestandes pro Wein anzeigen lassen.

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Product: Fermsoft          Version:  online
URL:  http://www.fermsoft.com/log/index.php
Operating System:          Internet Browser
Cost:                                 Free
Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
Ease of Installation:        
Ease of use:                      
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Vendor Description:

Online Wine Log is a web-based application that is used for recording winemaking events. Information such as measurements, additions, rackings, notes, and inventory can be recorded. In addition, a report generator is included so that reports can be easily created and printed in a variety of formats. You can then access your winemaking records from any computer in the world that has an internet connection and a web browser.

  • Add/Edit/Delete wine batches.
  • Add/Edit/Delete winemaking events such as measurements, additions, fermentation, rackings, bottling, tastings and notes.
  • Track wine inventory.
  • Generate custom reports based on log data.
  • Reports may be automatically generated in HTML format for viewing within the web browser. Reports may also be generated in a variety of other document formats (PDF, Microsoft Word, or OpenOffice Writer). 
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Product: PHP Wine Inventory Management System      Version:  Linux
URL:  http://phpwims.sourceforge.net/
Operating System:          Linux
Cost:                                 Free
Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
Ease of Installation:        
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Vendor Description:

The PHP Wine Inventory Management System is an open source wine cellar database released under the terms of the GNU GPL and provides an easy-to-use web interface for complete inventory management .

  • Multi-user capability with user-specific security permissions (version 0.2.9)
    Usage tracker with ability to log all submissions, updates and checkouts (version 0.2.8)
    Separate function for recording results from wine tasting events
    Intelligent installation and upgrade procedures (version 0.2.9)

 

Reviewer Comment:
PHP has been suggested by one of our readers in Virginia. PHP runs only on the Linux operating system.. His comments are: "I've been using it for nearly a year to track my ~400 bottle cellar, and I love it. Suits my needs very well, and since it runs on my Linux server, I can get to it from any web browser in my house."


Product: The Uncorked Cellar      Version:  N/A
URL:  http://www.uncork.com.au/
Operating System:          Windows
Cost:                                 Starting $59.00
Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:        Download - straight forward      
Ease of use:                     Easy                      
Help Function:                 Yes                                  
Major Features:              Track bottles and tasting notes, Internet access, search, easy data entry, good graphics, virtual cellar , drink by date, barcoding, good sorting, add your own pictures           

Printing:                           Various Reports                            
Export/Import:                                   
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Recommendation:           Highly Recommended         

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Vendor Description:

The Uncorked Cellar (TM) is the most comprehensive wine software and wine information source of its type available. Instantly access information on a wide range of wines, including wine aging information and wine notes provided by the wine maker. Manage the contents of your home wine collection. Easily add or select wines from your home wine cellar with just a few keystrokes, and view the location of your wines in the virtual rack display. Compare your tasting experiences with winemakers notes and record wine reviews.

Reviewer Comment:
What at first seems to be an overwhelming array of input boxes, display fields and comments section make sense after a few test runs. 

This package is full of functions and features and the graphics are impressive. I would not recommend this product to the occasional user who has 20 bottles to track, but give it a thumbs up for all others. 

I tested the June 2002 version, which came with over 9000 sample wines and producer information. I liked the idea of a one-click means to go to the producers Website, if a URL address has been configured. 

Adding new wines is easy, either by entering all pertaining data or by using an existing wine from that producer and changing things like vintage. A map of wine producing countries can be displayed, but I found that to be useless because it's simply a country or regional map with very limited information. Great product, highly recommend.




Product: Vinoté+Plus      Version:  N/A
URL:  http://www.uncork.com.au/
Operating System:          Windows
Cost:                                 Free
Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:        Download - straight forward      
Ease of use:                     Easy                      
Help Function:                 Yes                                  
Major Features:              Track bottles and tasting notes, search & sort, easy data entry, good graphics, virtual cellar , drink by date, barcoding, label image       
Printing:                           Various Reports                            
Export/Import:                                   
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Recommendation:           Recommended         

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Vendor Description:

Free cellar management software for Windows.  Vinoté+Plus uses uniquely numbered neck tags for ease of recording and locating bottles.   Each Vinoté  Neck-tag carries a unique number displayed in both human readable and  barcode form.  Every bottle has a tag attached to it; the tag number is  recorded in the database along with wine data.  Powerful sort, search and  filter options make selection easy.  Selected bottles are then located using the tag number.  Empty bottles can be disposed while the tags are retained  to ensure the removal of the bottles is accurately recorded.
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Reviewer Comment:
Vinote+Plus is more of an inventory type program, tracking bottles in your cellar. It assumes that you make use of  their bottle hang tags, but really you could also use your own hang tags, or you  just ignore the internal numbering scheme. User interfaces are simple and navigating through the various windows gets easier with frequent use. There is plenty of room for tasting notes. Reports produced are limited, but sufficient in most cases. If you can live without sophistication, drink dates and so on this package is just right, since it’s free. Recommended.

Update 12/27/02: It was pointed out to us that the use of the tags and a barcode scanner could dramatically improve all organizational aspects of a wine cellar. I was given an example where tags would be very useful "Wine is not conducive to accuracy and too often my wife throws out empties which without my retaining the tags their opening would have gone un-recorded in the program - but with the tags they are later accurately removed."

Since we did not test the software using the tags it may not have been a complete test



Product: Weinkellerverwaltung       Version:  N/A
URL:  http://www.wein-plus.de/freeware/wkv.shtml
Operating System:          Windows
Cost:                                 Free
Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
Language:                        Deutsch/German
Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
Ease of Installation:        Download     
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For our German speaking friends. Die Weindatenbank von Günther Fischer beinhaltet Informationen und Beschreibungen zu 3000 Weinen, die von Weinfreunden dort eingetragen wurden. Als Händler oder Erzeuger haben Sie auch die Möglichkeit, Ihre eigenen Weine dort einzugeben und damit Besucher der Seiten auf Ihr Lieferangebot hinzuweisen.

Die Weindatenbank ist eine kostenlose Software, die Sie frei downloaden und nutzen können. Damit können Sie Ihren Weinkeller komfortabel verwalten und auch Daten mit der Weindatenbank abgleichen.

Die kostenlose Wein-Plus Toolbar beschleunigt Ihren Zugriff auf Wein-Plus und insbesondere auf das Wein-Plus Glossar erheblich. Wenn die Wein-Plus Toolbar installiert ist, erscheint sie automatische mit der Internet Explorer Symbolleiste. Dies bedeutet, dass Sie schnell und einfach von jeder Website aus das Weinglossar nutzen können, ohne dazu zur Wein-Plus-Homepage zurückkehren zu müssen.

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Product: Bob Ross Simple Cellar Spreadsheet     
Version:
 N/A
URL:  http://www.wineloverspage.com/rosswine.shtml
Operating System:          Windows
Cost:                                 Free
Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
Ease of Installation:        Download     
Ease of use:                                            
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Vendor Description:

While there's plenty of sophisticated wine-cellar and wine-inventory software around, many wine fanciers find that a simple spreadsheet or database setup is ample for the basic purpose of keeping track of a modest to mid-size wine collection. 

Now we have a fine example for your free non-commercial use, and many thanks to  Robert C. Ross -- who devised this spreadsheet for his own collection -- for making it available to the wine-loving public. Read Bob's summary; then click either of the links at the bottom of the page to download your choice of the Excel version or a plain-text, tab-delimited version that should be importable into any spreadsheet or database program.

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Product: Warpa                                     Version:  online
URL:  http://www.warpa.com/
Operating System:          Internet Online
Cost:                                 Free
Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:        N/A    
Ease of use:                     Easy                  
Help Function:                 No                               
Major Features:              Track bottles and tasting notes, sort, easy data entry, clean and simple graphics, cellar layout  
Printing:                            No - screen shots
                                          only
             
Export/Import:                 Excel                          
Backup:                            No
Limitations:
Recommendation:            Recommended
                                           because it is free
      


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Vendor Description:

A complete wine cellar management application, fully integrated with the wine tasting and personal wines environments.

  • supports multiple personal cellars or sections of a cellar
  • cellar storage for both bottles and full cases
  • configure custom cellar layout: not just rectangular but any geometry
  • support for three-dimensional cellar structures (e.g. two bottles deep)
  • shift-aligned bottle rows (different number of bottles per row)
  • edit cellar size and geometry: enlarge or reduce
  • data list view with filter bar
  • graphical cellar view
  • excel view and download
  • add and remove bottles through an Inbox and Outbox, always keep a clear overview on your cellar database thanks to the event-driven user interface:
  • buy bottle: enter price as well as wine shop or retailer where you bought the wine
  • break/drink bottle: if you remove a bottle from your cellar to drink it, it is directly available in your Ratings environment .. so you are just one click away from adding your wine tasting note
  • add/remove to cellar: cellar statistics, bottle log
  • advice when wines which wines are best to drink based on wine maturity and evolution data from wine styles and producers
Reviewer Comment:
After registering I was ready to add my first bottle of wine and received a URL error right of the bat. The next try was better and it worked from there. 

Adding a wine is actually pretty nicely designed. The producer is first entered and a list of wines from that producer is then displayed in a subsequent window. There were many duplicates, but in different variations and I assume the list was created from entries by other  users. 

I received a SQL error on a bottle that I attempted to add at a later time. Bottle prices are entered in round numbers, i.e. 24 not 23.49 or 24.29. Not a big deal, but could throw off the cumulative value of all bottles. Sorting options are good and satisfy most options. Selecting the "help" menu unfortunately replaces the current window and I believe it would make more sense to bring it up in a separate window so as not to loose the window or having to hit the "back" button several times. Software is picky and creates errors if not all fields are completed. 

Important to remember is that you can not use the browser's back button because the software is designed using frames. You must use the provided screen "back" button, otherwise you might mess up the window.

The way to navigate to the "tasting notes" is not straightforward and several "clicks" and window changes are required to get there. One feature allows advertising your wine label collection to other users or soliciting a label that you would like to have. There are no report functions and in order to produce a printed list of wines one must select the "print" function selected from the browser's "FILE" menu.

Although I had some initial problems maneuvering around and the software is somewhat limited in functions and features I do recommend it , but only because it is free. Keep in mind, however, there are no backup capabilities and if the host cuts you off you will loose all your data.




Product: BottleCount                              Version:  online
URL:  http://www.bottlecount.com/
Operating System:          Internet Online
Cost:                                 Free
Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:        N/A    
Ease of use:                     Easy                  
Help Function:                 Not                             
Major Features:              Track bottles and tasting notes, sort,  clean and simple graphics
Printing:                            No - screen shots      
Export/Import:                 No                               
Backup:                            No
Limitations:
Recommendation:            Recommended because it is
                                          free
         


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Vendor Description:

If you have more than a few bottles of wine, or if you just want to keep track of all the wine you have tried throughout the years, this is the site for you.
This site helps you build a personal online catalog of your wine:

  • Save detailed descriptions
  • Store tasting notes
  • Catalog the location of your wine, so you can find it
  • Search and list your wine cellars contents
  • Record the price, purchase date, and quantity.
  • Discuss wine and collection strategies with other BottleCount users.
  • For quick data entry, you can scan the UPC code off your wine and look it up in our growing wine database.

This is only the beginning. Future features will include sharing notes with your fellow wine connoisseurs, links to popular wine sites with ratings and reviews, and reminders for when your wine is at its peak. So try it out!

More than 73,000 bottles have been cataloged with BottleCount. Many people have over a hundred bottles each.

Reviewer Comment:
This is a free online wine management product. Like with other online cellar software, one has to login first and is then directly taken to the "add" a wine window, even if you do not plan on adding a new wine. The input window is straightforward with the usual fields to enter. Wine name, producer, cost and so on. There is space for personal tasting notes as well. The screen size requires scrolling downwards to complete all fields. What I did not like is that "add" button is located at the top of the window. This requires scrolling back to the top.

Retrieving and printing previously entered bottles is easy and the list displayed can be sorted by different criteria. This software is easy to use and offers the necessary variables to keep track of ones wine. Not sophisticated or fancy, but does a nice job. Keep in mind, however, that in the event the Website goes away you will loose your date because there is no backup or download features. 


Product: My Cellar Book                        Version:  online
URL:  http://www.mycellarbook.com/
Operating System:          Internet Browser
Cost:                                 Free
Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
Language:                        English or French (Francaise)
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:        N/A    
Ease of use:                     Easy                  
Help Function:                 No                             
Major Features:              Track bottles and tasting notes, sort,  clean and simple graphics, label image, select from English or French language
Printing:                            No - screen shots only             
Export/Import:                 Yes                             
Backup:                            No
Limitations:
Recommendation:            Recommended because it is  free         

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Vendor Description:

Online Wine Cellar Manager. Manage and consult your wine cellar with MyCellarBook.com and access to it from any machine connected to the internet.   Import/Export your wines in a text format file easily readable by your own cellar software or Excel.  Your wines are sorted by region, year or personal criteria. Receive an e-mail when one of your wines must be drunk.

For our French speaking friends. 
Mémorisez votre cave à vin sur MonLivreDeCave.com pour y accéder depuis n'importe quel ordinateur connecté à Internet.   Importez/Exportez vos vins dans un format texte accessible depuis votre logiciel de gestion de cave ou un tableur.  Vos vins sont classés par région, années ou des critères personnels.  Recevez un e-mail vous avertissant lorsqu'un vin doit être bu.


Reviewer Comment
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Nothing fancy, but clean and easy design. The "add wine" windows is simple and straightforward. 

The first problem I ran into was when I tried to enter an appellation. I was only able to make a selection from a pre-defined scroll-down list. This is not good because the one I wanted was not listed and I was unable to specify a new one. The same was true with "Variety" I could not enter my own and the provided names are not complete. 

For each wine you can paste your own label or select one from a list of available ones into the notes. There is an import and export function. I did not test the import function, but did run through the motion of exporting using the Excel format. This went surprisingly well and quick. The exported file can serve as a backup file in the event it has to be reloaded or the host cuts off access to the Website for any reason.

Overall, the product is very easy to use, offers limited functions and features, but I found it to be a good product if all you want is a simple, straightforward software to track wines.

 




Product: Wine Advisor & Cellar Manage                        Version:  Windows
URL:  http://www.winetech.com/
Operating System:          Internet Browser
Cost:                                 $99.95
Trial/Demo Available:     Free
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:        Easy    
Ease of use:                     Easy                  
Help Function:                 Yes                              
Major Features:              Track bottles and tasting notes, sort,  clean and simple graphics, label image, virtual cellar
Printing:                            Various Reports        
Export/Import:                 Yes                             
Backup:                            No
Limitations:
Recommendation:            Recommended         

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Robert Parker's Wine Advisor & Cellar Manager is the first and only software developed in conjunction with Robert Parker and derived from his newsletter, The Wine Advocate. The software combines an extensive database of wine information with a unique Visual Cellar Manager. Since its introduction three years ago it has become the fastest selling software for the serious wine connoisseur.



Reviewer Comment
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Tested the 2000 version. A free update to 2002 is available. Step-by-step instructions navigate a user around the various screens, which is truly necessary because without them it's easy to get lost. 

Bottles can be displayed in a graphical format, as they are stored in your cellar. For example it may show a bin loaded with bottles, a click on any bottle displays the label and associated info for this bottle. Problem is that if you cellar layout out is not similar, the feature is useless. 

The purchased product includes prices for about 8000 wines. That's great, but I'm sure prices vary greatly between countries and states and may not accurately reflect what you would pay for it. Pop-up windows pop up all the times, it can add to the confusion. 

While I did not spent an enormous amount of time test driving this software I found it initially difficult to navigate my way around. I suppose it will get easier with time and a hard-core user will probably enjoy all the features. 

For the cost of the standard version of $95.95 and the Deluxe version of $149.95, in my opinion, there are better products available, which are easier to use and navigate. Only recommended for the computer savvy that is willing to dig into this software.



As of January 2005 this product has been discontinued. As of this writing updates are available. The following message appears on the support Website:

The phenomenal growth of eRobertParker.com has caused us to conclude that we can best serve the broad community of wine lovers by focusing on that. As a result, we will no longer be selling or enhancing the Robert Parker Wine Advisor and Cellar Manager.

 



Product: WineBase                    Version:  Windows
URL:  http://www.winebase.com.au/
Operating System:          Windows
Cost:                                 $40.00
Trial/Demo Available:     Free
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:        Easy    
Ease of use:                     Very Easy & intuitive           
Help Function:                 Yes                              
Major Features:              Track bottles and tasting notes, sort,  lots of graphical displays, wine region maps, crude virtual cellar
Printing:                            Various Reports  
Export/Import:                 Yes        
Backup:                            No
Limitations:
Recommendation:            Recommended         

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Vendor Description:

The Ultimate Cellar Management and Wine Reference Software for the PC. Powerful, flexible, intuitive, easy and fun to use and best of all, very very FAST! Search, track and query your wine collection in ways that no other program can. Maps, Winery details and Glossaries of Wine Making, Viticulture and Tasting terms. Includes Robin Bradley's Gold Book data for Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

WineBase will allow you to manage your cellar, with an ease that you would not think possible and best of all, WineBase is fun to use.
It is a full Windows Application with all the features you would expect from a Windows program, and it is NOT written in Visual Basic or Access.
Keeps track of the Maturity of every wine in your cellar.
Finds wines best to drink now or at any time in the future.
Lets you plan your cellar purchases and keeps track of what you buy and use.
Tells you how many wines you have to drink this year or in the future.
Produces extensive Graphs and Tables to easily view any aspect of your valuable wine purchases.
Features easy to use Dialog Boxes which require you to do minimal typing.


Reviewer Comment
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Very colorful windows. The "add a wine" windows is action packed and contains all the fields to enter the wines information. I like this because I don't have to open multiple windows and clutter up my desktop. 

Plenty of space to add tasting notes and the dates tasted. A somewhat primitive cellar map can be displayed where you can indicate the location of a specific bottle. Nice, but because my cellar is a mess and will never be organized I wouldn't use this feature, but I'm sure many of you will. 

There are plenty of graphic displays indicating when a wine is ready to drink, cost and value, and similar stuff. Although primitive, I like the graphics, they are big and clear. This product comes from Australia and a nice map display shows the various wine regions and wineries. There are also maps for California, France and New Zealand. Great feature. 

I like this product and for $40 U.S. bucks it's a good purchase.  .



 



Product: Wine Organizer Deluxe       Version:  2.6
URL:  http://www.primasoft.com/deluxeprg/wiodx.htm
Operating System:           Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000,
                                           2003, NT, XP
Cost:                                 $65.00
Trial/Demo Available:     Free 45 days
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:        Easy    
Ease of use:                     Very Easy & intuitive
Help Function:                 Yes            
Major Features:              Track bottles and tasting notes, label images, screen capture,  web publishing,
Printing:                            Various Reports 
Export/Import:                 Yes                  
Backup:                            No
Limitations:
Recommendation:            Recommended         

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Wine Organizer Deluxe is a complete program that allows wine collectors, hobbyists, wine clubs, and cellar's owners to organize, catalog, and manage their wine collections on their PCs. Organizer is intuitive and easy to use for the beginner, at the same moment feature-rich and powerful enough to satisfy the most advanced users.



Reviewer Comment
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Testing Wine Organizer Deluxe 1.7 from Primasoft was enjoyable (note their Website announces version 1.9, but what was downloaded is version 1.7). 

A real easy and user friendly tool. The main window is uncluttered and well organized. In the left frame a listing of all your wines and on the right the details for each wine you select from the list. Features allow the creation of simple html to post notes on a Website.  Just a note, although I have not tested for this frame -designed Websites have a tendency to act "funny" when using the "back" browser button, unless integrated into the design.

If you track wine labels you can save a picture of a label for each or selected wines. Or with the "Screen Capture" feature a picture from a Website or anywhere on your desktop can be captured and pasted into the description of a wine. 

Primasoft lacks the sophisticated graphics that some other products offer, but if you can live with out them, this product will do a fine job.

  .



 



Product: Wine Organizer Deluxe       Version:  2.6
URL:  http://www.primasoft.com/deluxeprg/wiodx.htm
Operating System:           Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000,
                                           2003, NT, XP
Cost:                                 $65.00
Trial/Demo Available:     Free 45 days
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:        Easy    
Ease of use:                     Very Easy & intuitive, good  use of Windows real estate     
Help Function:                 Yes    
Major Features:              Track bottles and tasting notes, label images, screen capture,  web publishing,
Printing:                            Various Reports 
Export/Import:                 Yes               
Backup:                            Yes
Limitations:
Recommendation:            Recommended         

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Wine Organizer is a complete program that allows wine collectors, hobbyists, wine clubs, and cellar's owners to organize, catalog, and manage their collections on their PCs. Organizer is intuitive and easy to use for the beginner, at the same moment feature-rich and powerful enough to satisfy the most advanced users.

Reviewer Comment:
Very simple and straightforward. I like the layout and with a little practice it’s easy to maneuver around. Main window is separated in two halves. The right side shows the primary characteristics of a wine and the left tasting notes or other navigational stuff. Wines can be added by simply filling in the proper spaces. 

There is no "add" button, so I was a little confusedbut completed the information for a new wine and simple went on to another function to verify that my wine was entered, and it was there. Each item entered, such as winery, style region, and so on, is automatically stored in a scroll-down list. Next time a wine is entered much info can be selected from the pull-down list. That's nice.

A nicely designed maintenance window can be used to enter producers, varietal, attributes and much more without having to enter wine. Again, the info added here later shows up in the scroll-down list. There is plenty of space to add notes and a separate field to enter food-pairing suggestions. A one-click option displays all the wines in your cellar. An import/export options is also included. 

The print function is intuitive and has several options to format and sort output. There are no fancy pictures or graphics available, but I like the software because of its simplicity.

  



Product: WinData       Version:  N/A
URL:  www.winetitles.com.au/vindata.htm
Operating System:           Windows 
Cost:                                 $49.95
Trial/Demo Available:     No
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
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Vendor Description:

ViNDATA is a Microsoft Windows based application designed for anyone with an interest in wine - primarily the enthusiast. Independent, innovative, comprehensive, updated every six months, it is simple and logical to use, but crammed with information and a myriad of areas to explore. It is exciting to open time after time - the real test of quality. The program has three major activity centers - Wine Reviews, Wine Reference Material and Personal Cellar Management.

Reviewer Comment:
Not evaluated because no trial version is available on their Website. Unless you are familiar with the product we recommend to try first others that are free or offer a trial version.

  



Product: Jerobeam      Version:  N/A
URL:  http://www.jeroboam.fr/
Operating System:           Win 95, 98, NT, 2000, Me and
                                          XP 
Cost:                                 $15.00
Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
Language:                        English & French
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:         Easy            
Ease of use:                      Not intuitive      
Help Function:                  No           
Major Features:               Bottle tracking & limited notes, pre-defined region - can't add missing ones, crude virtual cellar
Printing:                            Very limited 
Export/Import:                  No             
Backup:                            Yes                           
Limitations:
Recommendation:            Not Recommended 

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Vendor Description:

ViNDATA is a Microsoft Windows based application designed for anyone with an interest in wine - primarily the enthusiast. Independent, innovative, comprehensive, updated every six months, it is simple and logical to use, but crammed with information and a myriad of areas to explore. It is exciting to open time after time - the real test of quality. The program has three major activity centers - Wine Reviews, Wine Reference Material and Personal Cellar Management.

For our French-speaking friends.
Jéroboam est un logiciel shareware qui gère votre cave à vin personnelle, et vous aide à déguster et marier vos meilleurs millésimes.  Il est disponible sur PC pour les plateformes Win 3.1, Win 95, Win 98 et Win NT 4.0

Reviewer Comment:
Obviously, this program was written with only French users in mind. Most pre-entered wine information is geared towards wines from French appellations. 

Simple design and navigation is key, but the graphics used to make the windows look pretty are of poor quality. Initially I had a problem finding the window that allows me to add a wine. Entering a new wine and related information is not straightforward. On one screen I received an error message that actually told me that I missed to enter data in a field on a previous screen. 

I also ran into the problem of designating a region (Nappa) for a California wine and the only choice was "other". Nappa was not on their list and  I was unable to specify my own designation. This is true for all non-French wines. It does allow me to specify the physical location of each bottle in my cellar. This is good for the organized person, I don’t need this in my cellar since it’s a mess and I like it. 

While this software is shareware (which does not mean it’s free) and the author requests only $15, I would not recommend it. Even for the simplest cellar this software does not offer the minimum functions and features.

  



Product: Avos Vins                             Version:  6.0
URL:  http://www.avosvins.ca/indexeng.htm
Operating System:           Windows 95, 98 2000 & XP
Cost:                                 $39.00
Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
Language:                        English, French & Spanish
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:         Easy            
Ease of use:                      Very easy & intuitive             
Help Function:                  Yes        
Major Features:               Bottle tracking & limited notes, great virtual cellar, images, aging and peaks, sort,  vintage chart, share info with others, Internet,  site links
Printing:                            Nice Report generation          
Export/Import:                  MS Access or Excel
Backup:                            Yes                           
Limitations:
Recommendation:          Highly Recommended            

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Vendor Description:

ÀvosVins lets you search your cellar in a variety of ways, using simple to a more advanced search. You can also check the availability of a product via Internet. ÀvosVins lets you visualize your cellar, complete tasting notes and specify the optimal drinking time of each wine.

For our French-speaking friends.
Avos Vins (French) ÀvosVins permet d'effectuer des recherches simples ou avancées sur la cave, mais aussi de vérifier la disponibilité d'un produit sur internet (ex. : le site de la SAQ). ÀvosVins permet de visualiser votre cave, de compléter des notes de dégustation, d'indiquer, pour chaque vin, les années de consommation optimale pour ne jamais boire un vin trop jeune ou oublier un vin trop longtemps dans la cave, et bien plus encore.

For our Spanish-speaking friends.
ÀvosVins (Spanish) le permite hacer búsquedas simples o avanzadas dentro su bodega, pero también de verificar la disponibilidad de un producto en Internet. ÀvosVins permite de visualizar su bodega, de rellenar notas de degustación, de indicar por cada vino los años de consumo óptimos para evitar de beber un vino demasiado joven o olvidar un vino mucho tiempo después su periodo de consumo óptimo, y mucho más.

 

Reviewer Comment:
Easy and straightforward installation. Windows are intuitive and easy to maneuver. Started off by entering my 5 test bottles, no problem. Some of the information is already available via pull-down menus, such as appellation, country, size, variety, etc. Nice feature, which can save time, especially when a large number of bottles have to be entered. Some pull-down menus can be expanded with new or additional information. A picture of a bottle label can be added to each entry. There is space to enter the physical location of the bottle in your cellar racking. This feature is easy to use and works well, if your racking complies with the layout in the software. If you forgot where you placed one of your bottles there are search functions to find it.

A variety of reports can be produce, including graphical statistics. I like the layout of the printed reports, clean and easy to read. The help manual appears in a separate browser window. It appears to be pretty complete and I did not have problems finding my way around. There is also an Internet interface to the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) Website, which you can search for specific wines or you can specify a URL of your choosing, such as winesearcher.com. If you are concerned about the safety of your data there is even a backup and restore function. Something I have not seen in other products (but may have overlooked).

Great product with great functions, well worth the US $39.



Product: Lamouroux                             Version: 5.0
URL:  http://www.lamouroux.com/
Operating System:           Windows
Cost:                                 N/A
Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
Language:                        French
Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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Vendor Description:

LAVILOG, un logiciel pour tous La société LAMOUROUX S.A. surtout connue pour sa gamme d'armoires et de pupitres de régulation de températures, commercialise depuis 1996 un logiciel de gestion viti-vinicole, LAVILOG, capable de gérer les phases principales de la production, à partir de la culture de la vigne jusqu'à l'étape de la gestion des lots.

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Product: Logis Vin                            Version: 5.0
URL:  http://www.quebecweb.com/logisvin/introfranc.html
Operating System:           Windows
Cost:                                 N/A
Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
Language:                        French
Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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Vendor Description:

Logis Vin est un programme destiné à gérer graphiquement et efficacement une cave à vins. Le logiciel permet de personnaliser la configuration de sa propre cave à vins, de placer, d'enlever (de préférence boire), de repérer ou encore de faire la liste des bouteilles de vin de sa cave, selon une multitude de critères choisis.
Logis Vin est facile à utiliser, il est disponible pour les environnements WINDOWS.
Logis Vin a été créé par et pour des amateurs de vin.
Logis Vin vous permet de retrouver rapidement l'emplacement de vos bouteilles.
Logis Vin permet d'associer des vins à des mets et d'en faire la suggestion au besoin.
Logis Vin se détaille 75.00 $ CDN (taxes incluses). Des escomptes de volume sont disponibles.

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Product: Multimedia Wine Workshop 
Version:
5.0
URL: http://www.recipeswinetravel.com/MWWMain.htm
Operating System:           Windows
Cost:                                 $29.95
Trial/Demo Available:     No
Language:                        English
Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
Ease of Installation:        Only on CD  
Ease of use:                                   
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Vendor Description:

Whether you are a wine expert or a novice, Multimedia Wine Workshop CD-ROM can assist you in the management of your wine cellar and the enjoyment of your wines.

  • Enter the producer and click a button; the Producer Wizard automatically fills in the region, state and country.  Its easy to make changes from the comprehensive pull-down lists
  • Use Smart Capture to download wine recommendations directly from the Internet.  With just a few mouse clicks this information will be added to your cellar log.  Multimedia Wine Workshop comes with links to many important wine sites on the Web where you can find wine evaluations and recommendations and purchase wines at discounts.  Cut and paste additional information from other files or programs or using the keyboard or a scanner.
  • With over 20 different classification criteria to track any wine inventory, Multimedia Wine Workshop lets you search for the perfect wine in your cellar by any combination of criteria you choose.  Never again will you forget about an expensive wine, only to find it buried in your cellar years past its prime.
  • Organize tastings and rate each wine using one of the standard rating methods or devise your own.  18 fields are available for detailed descriptions covering appearance, bouquet and taste.  If you taste the same wine over time, you can store the series of tasting notes along with the wine and easily track changes.
  • Keep track of the value, age distribution, and category distribution of the wines in your cellar.  Quickly see where gaps might be developing and where you should be investing your wine dollars.
  • And many other features.
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Product: Wine Manager                    Version: 5.0
URL: http://homepage.sunrise.ch/mysunrise/winemanager/
Operating System:           Windows
Cost:                                 $29.95
Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
Language:                        English & German
Date Reviewed:               Legacy
Ease of Installation:        Huge download - easy  
Ease of use:                     A little confusing and not much intuitive                            
Help Function:                Limited                   
Major Features:              Bottle tracking and tasting notes, Web link, limited search and sort
Printing:                           limited Reporting    
Export/Import:                 Palm                               
Backup:                           Yes                            
Limitations:
Recommendation:           Not Recommended     

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Vendor Description:

For our German speaking friends
Wine Manager ist das einzigartige Programm zur umfassenden und transparenten Verwaltung Ihres Weinkellers auf dem PC.  Sie verwalten Ihre Weine nach Lagerort, Trinkreife, Herkunft, Preis, Jahrgang, Lieferanten u.v.m . Für die ganz persönliche Beschreibung Ihrer Weine.  Downloaden der aktuellen Angebote Ihrer Weinlieferanten und direkter Datenimport in den Wine Manager.
  • Kellerverwaltung
    Sie verwalten Ihre Weine nach Lagerort, Trinkreife, Herkunft, Preis, Jahrgang, Lieferanten u.v.m
  • Degustationsberichte
    Für die ganz persönliche Beschreibung Ihrer Weine
  • Live Link ins Internet
    Downloaden der aktuellen Angebote Ihrer Weinlieferanten und direkter Datenimport in den Wine Manager
  • Keller-Explorer
    Für bisher unerreichte Übersicht und Transparenz
  • PocketWM
    Nehmen Sie Ihre Datenbank auf Ihrem Palm-OS Organizer mit in den Keller

    Reviewer Comment
    :
    This product is 22Mb large and may take some time to download..
    Anyway, windows are clean and simple. I was not impressed that I had to resize most of the windows to make them fit within the real estate of my monitor. One feature downloads merchant information from an Internet site. I have no idea what site this was, but assume it was Wine Manager's site. Then I really got confused because when I selected a merchant from the downloaded list I was directed to enter the number of bottles in the appropriate column. Problem is there was no entry field or column. So I don't know what that was. Also "merchant" really should have been producer, since that's what was downloaded. All three of them.

     Unfortunately the unregistered version I had did not allow me to add any wines and so the "test drive" was somewhat limited. There are several options to generated printed reports. The "cellar explorer" window had two panes, but obviously were empty since I did not get to add some test bottles. A "tabular" view presents all wines in a spreadsheet like format. The help menu seems to cover pretty much all the functions and tells what and how to do things. The software can be used in English or German. I did notice though that some error messages are in German only.

    Another obvious error, at least in this unregistered version, was the number of bottles in my empty cellar. It said 264. I am hesitant to give this product a recommendation because I was not able to perform a more detailed test, but it did not give me the warm and fuzzy feeling that I would want before paying for this product.



    Product: Wine Book                     Version: N/A
    URL: http://www.winebook.de/index.shtml
    Operating System:           Mac & Windows
    Cost:                                 $50
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English, German,
                                              French & Spanish

    Date Reviewed:               Legacy
    Ease of Installation:        Easy
    Ease of use:                     Easy and good
                                              layout                   
    Help Function:                  No
    Major Features:               Bottle tracking and tasting notes, search, limited sort, includes most major functions              
    Printing:                            Basic
    Export/Import:                 No                  
    Backup:                            Yes                       
    Limitations:
    Recommendation:            Recommended  

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    Vendor Description:

    Wine software for Macintosh and Windows
    WineBook is a cellar management application for wine enthusiasts. The user can manage their wines and their wine-tasting notes. They can note sight, smell, taste and the quality of a wine. Manage the wine cellar, winery and supplier addresses. Available in multiple languages: German,French, English, Spanish, with more languages to come

    Reviewer Comment
    :
    Nice, clean and easy readable layout. The windows to add new wines seem to have all the major entry fields that one would look for. Once all major characteristics are entered little tabs provide for further entry, such as sight, smell, taste, supplier and more.

    Despite the layout adding the very first bottle was not as easy as expected. Once the country for my Beringer bottle of White Zinfandel was selected I had difficulties selecting a state and region from the pull-down menu. It did not show any entries and I was unable to enter more than two characters in each field. So, I just entered an abbreviation and went on to the second bottle. Now all the pull-down menus worked OK and I it showed states and regions appropriately. Since all entries in state and region are predefined I wanted to add my own state and region and I selected Texas since it was not on the list. I was unable to add the new state and could never figure out how to do it. Unfortunately, a help manual is not included. This is not good because I had the need to refer to one on several occasions. Another annoying thing was that my cursor remained an hourglass throughout the use of the software.

    Other than that entering wine is easy and several tabs allow adding sight, smell, tastes supplier and so on. There are best drinking dates and temperatures and fields to your score, which can be compared to Parker’s or Wine Spectator’s ratings. Wines can be displayed in a list and sorted by limited criteria.


    Product: Winelog                     Version: online
    URL: http://www.winelog.com/
    Operating System:           Internet Online
    Cost:                                 N/A
    Trial/Demo Available:     200 entries free
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Legacy
    Ease of Installation:        Easy
    Ease of use:                     Confusing at times     
    Help Function:                  No
    Major Features:               Bottle tracking and tasting notes, search, limited sort,             
    Printing:                            Basic
    Export/Import:                 No                  
    Backup:                            Yes                       
    Limitations:                      Lacks many basic
                                              features

    Recommendation:            Not Recommended  

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    Vendor Description:

    Unlike other cellar software, our Web-based design allows you to see the same data from multiple computers (home, office, hotel, etc.), and to change or upgrade your computers or operating systems without worrying about (re)installing your cellar software.

    Reviewer Comment
    :
    This is an online cellar management tool. This software is free unless more than 200 wines are entered. I don't know what happens then because no prices are listed on the Website.

    Adding wines is done via a simple input screen. Some fields use pull-down menus from which to select an entry, but most lack sufficient selections. For example, "classification" provides for only 5 choices, we know there are more. The same is true for "region".

    The only means to view a list of my wines was by performing a search and selecting any vintage and any producer. The subsequent list is simple and can not be sorted into a different order. When I mistakenly forgot to un-click a field I received a list of wines of over 1000 and obviously the vast majority did not belong to me since I only entered 5 during my test. I was not allowed to view tasting notes for any of the wines that did not belong to me. So what is the sense of displaying wines that were entered by someone else? There are no backup features and you may loose all your information if the site owners decide to cut you off. There is an export function, but only to their PC version of the software CellarMate. I do not believe that this tool provides the basic functionality one would expect in a cellar management product. There are just too many basic features missing. I would not recommend using this tool.




    Product: Wine-Owners             Version: Online
    URL:  http://www.wine-owners.com/
    Operating System:           Internet Online
    Cost:                                 N/A
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Legacy
    Ease of Installation:        Easy
    Ease of use:                     Confusing at times     
    Help Function:                  No
    Major Features:               None             
    Printing:                            No
    Export/Import:                 No                  
    Backup:                            Yes                       
    Limitations:                      Lacks all basic
                                              features

    Recommendation:            Not Recommended  

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    Vendor Description:

    Everything you need to get more from your wine hobby or get into wine. Free personal wine cellar software - keep track of your wine collection, or create a history of your drinking preferences. Share tasting notes and reviews, value fine wine, and buy from leading wine merchants and collectors. Selling wine? Look no further for a free listings service.

    Reviewer Comment
    :
    This online tool is not a wine cellar management tool. Rather, the Website facilitates buying and selling of wine. You first establish a "cellar" and enter the wines you wish to make available for sale. Other users may find the bottle(s) you are selling by searching for it. A successful search displays all the bottles of the category selected and you can then make a purchase offer to the seller. Nice for buying and selling wine, but it does not manage a cellar


    Product: Fuji Publishing Group              Version: N/A
    URL:  http://fujipub.com/wine/
    Operating System:           Windows
    Cost:                                 N/A
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Legacy
    Ease of Installation:        Was unable to install
    Ease of use:                        
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    Vendor Description:

    Everything you need to get more from your wine hobby or get into wine. Free personal wine cellar software - keep track of your wine collection, or create a history of your drinking preferences. Share tasting notes and reviews, value fine wine, and buy from leading wine merchants and collectors. Selling wine? Look no further for a free listings service.

    Reviewer Comment
    :
    Downloaded software, but was unable to install it under Windows XP. Perhaps you have more luck. Will try again when time permits.


    Product: Home Winemaster           Version: 8.1
    URL:  http://www.winestate.com.au/winemaster/hwm.htm
    Operating System:           Windows
    Cost:                                 $49.95
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Legacy
    Ease of Installation:        Easy
    Ease of use:                     Easy     
    Help Function:                 Limited
    Major Features:              Bottle tracking and tasting notes, search, sort, database of wineries
    Printing:                           Yes
    Export/Import:                 Yes                 
    Backup:                           Yes                       
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:           Recommended  

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    Vendor Description:

    Home Winemaster allows you to view the vast amount of Tasting Notes from Winestate as well as maintain the wines in your own cellar. Some of the features of the program are:

    • View the Winestate Tasting Notes easily on your home PC. 
    • Search the Tasting Notes based on selectable criteria. 
    • Print out individual Tasting Notes or a range of Tasting Notes. 
    • Registered users may update the Tasting Notes via the Internet. 
    • Add wines in the Tasting Notes to your cellar. 
    • Search your cellar based on selectable criteria. 
    • Print out individual wines or a range of wines in your cellar.
    Reviewer Comment:
    Nice and clean design with relatively easy navigation. Comes with almost 1800 wineries, with addresses and phone numebers. 

    I was a little confused when trying to add a wine to "my" cellar. Normally one would enter information first and then hit the "add" button. In this case one needs to hit the "add" button first, enter the information and then hit the "update" button. But, before I could even do that I had to setup the winery and region. Once this info is entered I could go ahead and add my wine. I found this a little annoying at first, but got used to it real quick. Earliest and latest drink dates, cellar location and exporting to spreadsheet or html code are nice features. 

    There are no fancy graphs and statistics are limited to number of bottles in cellar, value and a list of the wines.

    A previous version, 7.5, is available for free but one need  a subscription to view all the tasting notes in the database.



    Product: WineO              Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.gila.dk/
    Operating System:           Windows
    Cost:                                 $45
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Legacy
    Ease of Installation:        Easy
    Ease of use:                     Confusing, poor     
    Help Function:                 Very Limited
    Major Features:              Bottle tracking and tasting notes, search
    Printing:                           Limited, poor quality
    Export/Import:                 No                 
    Backup:                           Yes                       
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:           Not Recommended  

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    Vendor Description:
    Your personal wine system that can learn and reflect your personal preferences in wine with comprehensive wine cellar functions; including cellaring advice that makes the task of creating and maintaining wine notes very simple that contains many of the most interesting wines in the world and keeps expanding. Version available in english and Danish (Dansk).

    Reviewer Comment:
    This product has potentials to be a good cellar management resource, but it need a whole lot of more work. Unfortunately I found the user interfaces very poor in design. Manipulating and maneuvering through the various options and screens is not easy. Perhaps it's my computer, but the program seems to be very slow.


    Product: CyberWineCellar          Version: online
    URL:  http://www.cyberwinecellar.com/
    Operating System:           Windows
    Cost:                                 $299.00
    Trial/Demo Available:     30-days free trial
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed         
    Ease of Installation:       
    Ease of use:                          
    Help Function:                
    Major Features:             
    Printing:           
    Export/Import:                                
    Backup:                                                
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:        see comment on right

    Score:
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    Vendor Description:

    CyberWineCellar.net, a robust online cellar management application that gives you a vast spectrum of tools, available all at the click of a mouse. The system doesn't require setup or maintenance, and provides secure, off-site storage and security of your valuable data. We have a whole lot more to offer. Each month, we'll provide wine related news, reviews and information to help you build your collection. A professional sommelier will be available for your questions and concerns, and will provide private special selections exclusively for our subscribers. You will even be able to access your data, and perform internet searches with a Wireless PDA or WAP Enabled Cell phone!

    Reviewer Comment:
    This product was not reviewed. The Website does not clearly spell out the terms of the subscription, but when I clicked on the PayPal option I was about to be charged $299.00. Perhaps once signed up for the trial period more details are available, but I would like to know before-hand how much this cost me.


    Product: WineBook              Version: 3.6
    URL:  http://www.gila.dk/
    Operating System:           PALM, PDA
    Cost:                                 $45
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:       
    Ease of use:                          
    Help Function:                
    Major Features:             
    Printing:                          
    Export/Import:                                  
    Backup:                                                  
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:            

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    Vendor Description:

    Over 240 wines listed for your Palm-pc. Easy graphic buttons to view by : 

    • Category (Red,While,Port etc.) 
    • Appreciation (Exceptional to No Interest ) 
    • Area (Italy, France, United States etc.) 
    • Accompanying (Chicken, Fish, Ham etc.) 
    • CCNP wine code 
    • Variety (Chardonnay, Gamay, Pinot noir etc.) 
    • Area (Italy, United States etc.) 
    • Accompanying (Cheese, Fish, Ham etc.) 
    Build and maintain your wine On Stock and your purchase list. Most importantly, every view is search enable. Very easy and fun to use.

    Reviewer Comment:



    Product: Virtual Sommelier          Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.digitalspirits.com/
    Operating System:           Windows
    Cost:                                 N/A
    Trial/Demo Available:     No
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:       
    Ease of use:                          
    Help Function:                
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    Your personal wine system that can learn and reflect your personal preferences in wine with comprehensive wine cellar functions; including cellaring advice that makes the task of creating and maintaining wine notes very simple that contains many of the most interesting wines in the world and keeps expanding. Version available in english and Danish (Dansk).

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    Product: Wine Cellar               Version: 1.0
    URL:  http://www.smartphonetoday.com/software/pc/
    Wine-Cellar-2001-9-5-palm-pc.html

    Operating System:          Palm
    Cost:                                 N/A
    Trial/Demo Available:     No
    Language:                        English
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    Practical tool for storing information about your wine. The database applet can be especially useful to someone who is starting or expanding own wine cellar. It contains 60 different grape varieties and lists many wine producing regions and its countries.

    It allows to tick-off bottles destined for aging and mark their value. Wine caller lets you put your own tasting and serving notes. To install and run this  you need to have installed on your Palm the ThinkDB program.


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    Product: WineMate               Version: 4.10
    URL:  http://www.smartphonetoday.com/software/pc/
    WineMate-2001-5-11-palm-pc.html

    Operating System:          Palm
    Cost:                                 N/A
    Trial/Demo Available:     No
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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    Wines, tastings and cellar information on your Palm (rated 5/5 cows by Tucows !).... WineMate is an easy to use, personal wine database that allows you to store details about wines, your tastings of wines, and what is stored in your cellar.

    Once you have created the wine itself, including where it is from and what grape varieties are in it, you can add tastings for the wine, based on vintage, and cellaring information, based on vintage. WineMate is designed for individual use to store your own personal tastings and cellar information.

    It does not come with a preloaded database, you create all your own wine information as you go. WineMate allows you to build customized lists of most of the information you create for your wines which can then be selected through popup lists.


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    Product: Virtual Wine Cellar          Version: 4.5
    URL:  http://www.tucows.com/preview/204754
    Operating System:          Macintosh
    Cost:                                 $20 (Shareware)
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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    Keep track of your wine with Virtual WineCellar, cellaring software for wine collectors. The program keeps you informed about stock and history and shows the current value of your wine collection.

    Apart from the standard data entry fields, it features several advanced functions, like user-defined fields, a supplier database with order-to-inventory processing, integration with Vinote (TM) barcoded neck tags and support for digitized bottle labels.


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    Product: Virtual Wine Cellar          Version: 4.5
    URL:  http://www.marco-software.com/WineLoversJournal/
    Operating System:          Macintosh
    Cost:                                 $9.99   (was $34.99)
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:        Easy
    Ease of use:                     Easy  
    Help Function:                 Yes
    Major Features:              Bottle tracking and tasting notes, all standard features, track guest, wine label, photos, drink by date
    Printing:                            Basic reports  
    Export/Import:                 No
    Backup:                            Yes
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    Because you will desire to remember your wine choice triumphs and failures, this Wine Lover's Journal is set up as a perpetual diary, which you may begin and any time. One grid is given to each day of the year, and each row is divided into many years for the same day.

    Also, include in Wine Lover's Journal is a Cellar inventory with best drink dates and tasting party guests records. And it is simple to record each bottle of Wine you are interested in, in the Wine Database that you maintain yourself .

    As well as being a diary,  Wine Lover's Journal is designed to become a record of your observation for each tasting. With ample room for your notes (whether text, audio or video). The text information is extremely searchable and navigable.

    Reviewer Comment:
    Easy and straightforward installation. Window are simply, using tab-like buttons to switch between different functions. Window are not resizable, which I do not like because it forces me to use the horizontal scrollbar frequently to get to the part of the text that does not show. Before entering a bottle of wine I "walked" through the different functions and features. When I reached the function to view what is called the Journal Grid layout the program terminated in error. I had to refer to the help menu several times and found it to be sufficient and easy to follow.

    Entering new wines was a bit confusing at first. Once I entered a few bottles I clicked on a tab called "cellar", which displays information about the wines in the database, such as cost, name, storage location and so on. There were several bottles I previously entered missing from the list and I could not figure out why.

    Next I tried to enter notes for a wine tasted at a restaurant. Once all pertinent info was added I also had an option to add the names of the guests that were present. This is a nice feature if one wants to recall at a later time who was present at what event. Other options, such as report generation works well. Nothing spectacular, but sufficient for most.

    Another option allows keeping a journal, complete with moon phases, temperatures and weather conditions. Since I am not what I would consider a wine geek I’m not sure what to do with this information, but some may just like this.

    All in all this is a decent package at a decent price. No fancy graphics and stuff, but the necessary things to keep track of your wine, and a little more.



    Product: Wine Wizard          Version: N/A
    URL: http://www.ddhsoftware.com/winewizard.html
    Operating System:          Palm
    Cost:                                 $14.99
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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    Do you love wine and food, but often guess what wine goes best with your favorite entr�es? Wine Wizard makes pairing up wine varietals with food ingredients a snap!

    Bountiful database featuring over 7,000 food ingredients and wine varietal. Search criteria can include Food Modifiers (toppings, sides, etc) to hone down on the perfect match.

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    Product: Wine Rate    Version: N/A
    URL: http://www.winerate.com/
    Operating System:          Palm
    Cost:                                 $39.95
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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    WineScore (tm) software, designed for Palm computing.Access the world's most complete compendium of wine ratings with just the push of your Palm button. Winescore instantly delivers the information you need to make an informed wine purchase before you make a costly mistake in a restaurant or wine store. Included are ratings from national and international competitions, plus critic's reviews on more than 4,200 California, Oregon and Washington wines. Included are ratings for 3,000 French Wines. WineScore uses less than 300K of memory on Palm Pilot Device

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    Product: Cork                 Version: N/A
    URL: http://www.digiobjects.com/products/cork_pp.htm
    Operating System:          Palm
    Cost:                                 $5.95
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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    WineScore (tm) software, designed for Palm computing.Access the world's most complete compendium of wine ratings with just the push of your Palm button.

    Winescore instantly delivers the information you need to make an informed wine purchase before you make a costly mistake in a restaurant or wine store. Included are ratings from national and international competitions, plus critic's reviews on more than 4,200 California, Oregon and Washington wines.

    Included are ratings for 3,000 French Wines. WineScore uses less than 300K of memory on Palm Pilot Device


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    Product: Wine Taster                Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.quandt.com/wine1.html
    Operating System:          Palm
    Cost:                                 $79.95
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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    WINETASTER is a program that allows you to analyze the rankings or grades assigned to wines in a "blind" tasting by a number of judges. It gives you two basic options:

    1. You can ask the participants in the tasting to "rank" wines, i.e., assign ranks such as 1 (for the one a judge liked best), 2, etc.
    2. You can ask judges to "grade' the wines, i.e., assign grades such as "Parker grades" on a scale of, say, 1 to 100 or 1 to 20 or whatever.

    The program will ask you to input the names of the "judges," their rankings or grades of the wines, and only after all the ranks or grades have been entered will it ask you to input the names of the individual wines (which should not be revealed before all the ranks or grades have been entered). (Normally, in a tasting you might be told which wines you will be drinking, but the bottles will be covered and identified only with letters such as A, B, C, etc., so that you do not know which wine is which).

    WINETASTER will then compute a number of statistical measures to identify

    • The degree of agreement or disagreement among the judges
    • The ranksums for each wine (i.e., the sums of the ranks assigned to each wine by the various judges; the higher the ranksum to lower it is ranked)
    • The correlation between the rankings (or grades) of each judge with the average ranking of the other judges (i.e., who is the "odd person out")
    • The perceived quality of the wines by the group of judges and its statistical significance

    The information that is computed is then arranged by the program in a ready-to-print report, with the additional option that you may add descriptive comments on the significance of the tasting.

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    Product: Wine Taster                Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.vignicave.com/
    Operating System:          Palm
    Cost:                                 39
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        French
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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    Vignicave est un logiciel de gestion de cave à vin. Par l'intermédiaire de son interface riche et conviviale, vous pourrez désormais tenir à jour un livre de cave impeccable, avoir accés à divers historiques, enregistrer vos commentaires de dégustation ou bien encore trouver quel mets se marie le mieux avec le cru que vous vous apprétez à déguster.

    Voici un aperçu rapide de ce que vous trouverez dans le logiciel :

    La fiche vin

    Toutes les informations d'un vin sont accessibles sur la fiche vin. Quantité en cave, année d'éveil, valeur estimée, emplacements, historiques des achats et dégustations, etc. La gestion du vin s'effectue par le menu principal : achat, dégustation, visualisation, impression, modification, suppression, etc.

    Achats et dégustations
    Vous venez d'acheter des bouteilles ou bien d'en déguster quelques unes avec vos amis ? Il ne vous reste plus qu'à le dire à Vignicave : vous garderez ainsi "par écrit" vos commentaires de dégustation ou informations d'achats. Bien sûr, Vignicave se chargera de mettre à jour votre livre de cave automatiquement !

    Les emplacements
    Vignicave innove et invente la gestion visuelle ! Ne perdez plus de temps à chercher la bouteille qu'il vous faut : Vignicave, affiche la reproduction fidèle de votre cave ainsi que les emplacements de vos bouteilles. En quelques clics, votre cave sera modélisée "sur mesure" et vos bouteilles placées dans leurs casiers respectifs, n'attendant plus que le jour de leur dégustation.

    Les plus : statistiques et tris complexes
    Quelle est la valeur de votre cave ? Combien de bouteilles y sont déposées ? Selon quelle répartition ? Le module de statistiques détaillées répondra à ces questions : vous saurez tout sur votre cave et sa composition. Vous souhaitez visualiser la liste des vins arrivant à leur apogée ? Utilisez le système de tris complexes de Vignicave!

    Les conseils de dégustation
    Plusieurs centaines de correspondances sont fournies avec le logiciel, pour que vos soirées n'en soient que plus réussies. Que manger avec quel cru ? La réponse en quelques clics de souris.

    Connection directe au fil info Vignicave
    Inédit. Via le réseau Internet, Vignicave est connecté à un flux d'informations envoyées par les professionels du vin de votre région : offres spéciales, ventes aux enchères, soirées... Ne perdez plus une occasion de faire des bonnes affaires et de partager votre passion !

    Reviewer Comment:




    Product: Weinkartei              Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.augiasoft.ch/
    Operating System:          Windows
    Cost:                                 N/A
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        German
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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    Kurzübersicht: mit allen Informationen zu Ihren Weinen und Import von Bilddateien. Daten zu Weinkauf, Bezugsquellen, Weinverbrauch, Weinbewertung und -verkauf. Vielfältige Listendarstellungen und Drucklayouts. Degustationskartei mit Ihren eigenen Bewertungen und Fremdbewertungen.


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    Product: WinWein              Version: 5.7
    URL:  http://www.winwein.net/
    Operating System:          Windows
    Cost:                                 $65.00
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        German, English,
                                              French

    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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    WinWein ist eine moderne Weinsoftware zur privaten Weinkellerverwaltung und gibt allen Weinfreunden eine Hilfestellung bei der Erfassung und Bewertung einzelner Weine sowie der Pflege des Weinkellers.

    Die übersichtliche Bedienoberfläche ermöglicht einfaches "Sortieren" und "Bearbeiten" der Weindaten über detaillierte Registerkarten (Stammdaten, Lager- sowie Bewertungsdaten, Notizen, Kellerbuch und Speisen).

    WinWein is a modern wine software program for your private wine cellar management. It gives all wine friends help to gather and rate wine bottles for caring the wine cellar.
    The clearly-presented windows interface makes it possible to record, to sort and to manage your wines with detailed register cards (master and stock data as well as evaluation, notes, cellar book and dishes).

    Le programme de logiciel facilite le fait simple de saisir,
    Tri et administrant vos vins avec l'aide a détaillé
    Cartes de registre (données de tronc, camps,
    dés que Données d'estimation, notes, livre de cave et mets).


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    Product: Caviste              Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.winwein.net/
    Operating System:          Windows
    Cost:                                 N/A
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        French
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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    Logiciel de gestion de cave

    Valeur marchande du stock 

    • Sélection des vins par année d'apogée et de limite de garde 
    • Sélection des meilleurs vin à racheter 
    • Classement par région / appelation / millésime / nom 
    • Histogramme 3D des proportions par région / appelation 
    • Impression papier des classements
    Pour chaque cru : Appelation - Titre (Domaine de , Chateau de .... ) - Nom - Millésime - Quantité en stock - Date d'achat - Prix d'achat (la bouteille)  - Lieu d'achat - Bouteille a racheter ( Oui/Non ) - Date de garde minimum  - Année d'apogée - Date de garde maximum - Appréciation - Récompenses - Producteur.

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    Product: Le Cavoir              Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.lexlibris.ca/cavoir/
    Operating System:          Windows
    Cost:                                 N/A
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        French
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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    Version démo téléchargeable. Version démo Le logiciel Le Cavoir est disponible pour évaluation en version démo . Différence entre version démo et version complète La seule différence entre la version complète et la version démo est que dans cette dernière vous pouvez seulement entrer 10 fiches (vins).

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    Product: Vinoveritas              Version: online
    URL:  http://www.macaveavins.com/
    Operating System:          Browser
    Cost:                                 N/A
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        French
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
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    Vinoveritas est une encyclopédie vivante sur le Vin, qui vous permettra, en fonction des bouteilles présentes dans votre cave, ou en devenir, de tout savoir sur leur contenu, comment, quand et avec quoi les boire.

    Vous profiterez des évaluations sur les temps de garde qu'ont émises les autres membres, ferez savoir votre avis. Vous retrouverez dans le logiciel Vinoveritas, toutes les données officielles sur les vins (classement par Régions, AOC et VDQS officiels).

    A chaque passage, retrouvez votre calendrier des vins à consommer. En un coup d'oeil, obtenez un état instantané de votre cave : prix moyen, nombre total de bouteilles, etc.


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    Product: Wine Collector              Version: 1.02
    URL:  http://download.com.com/3000-2126-7868092
    .html?tag=lst-0-9
    Operating System:          Windows
    Cost:                                 $39.95
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Legacy
    Ease of Installation:         Easy
    Ease of use:                      Takes a little time to
                                               learn
    Help Function:                  Yes
    Major Features:                Bottle tracking and tasting notes, all major features, winemaker, HTML
    Printing:                             Very poor                 
    Export/Import:                   No        
    Backup:                              Yes
    Limitations:                    
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    Wine Collector keeps track of your wine collection. You can use it to track commercial wines and you can also use it to store homemade wine recipes. Example fields include region, winery, food pairing, bottle size and rating. Wine Collector features a powerful search engine, a versatile report writer, easy data entry, Internet search, context sensitive help, full customization, data graphing, multiple image support and much more. The software is very easy to use.

    Reviewer Comment:
    Wine Collector 1.02 by Data Village. Windows are nicely designed and straightforward. Major function buttons do not have a label, but a graphically depicts what they do. This is makes it a little slow to learn and caused me to go from button to button until I found the one I wanted. Some do display the button label when the mouse is moved on top of it, but not all buttons have this feature.

    There is even a "play CD" button and brings up a control window that allows you to play your favorite CD while using the software.

    Once main characteristics for a wine are entered tasting notes can be added by clicking on one of several tabs. There is even a feature to add images for each of the wines you enter. 

    Wines can be displayed in various formats and by selecting one the details for it are displayed. The report creator is easy to use by selecting the contents from a list of available headings. The only thing that bothered me was that the columns were not in the order I selected them, and I had to reverse the order (last first) to get the report to look the way I wanted. Unfortunately the column width can not be adjusted, which makes the report layout look awkward and confusing. The report can be printed or converted to HTLM to create a Webpage. 

    For the home winemaker there is space to enter the ingredients used and a shopping list for ingredients you may need in the future. There is an interface to the Internet and several search engines. You may also specify your own URLs for your favorite Website.

    One nice feature is the export function, which allows one to created files that can later be imported into spreadsheets or other products.

    The help manual pretty much covers everything that I was looking for and is kept simple and easy to read in a separate window.

    I like almost all of the functions and features, but because it is important to have a good looking and easy to read hardcopy of our wines I can't recommend this product.



    Product: Wine Library              Version: 1.1.098
    URL:  http://www.wensoftware.com/WineLibrary/
    Operating System:          Windows
    Cost:                                 $35.00
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Legacy
    Ease of Installation:         Easy
    Ease of use:                      Simple, but complete
    Help Function:                  Yes
    Major Features:                Bottle tracking & tasting notes, search, Internet, cellar location, various display option, graphics
    Printing:                             Very poor                 
    Export/Import:                   HTML and ASCII,
                                                 i.e Excel        

    Backup:                              Yes
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:            Highly Recommended

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    Vendor Description:

    Wine Library is a wine cellar management program designed to help you manage and value your wine collections. It's not only an essential tool for wine collectors, but also a great tool for wine enthusiasts.

     

    Wine Library lets you create a catalog of your wine collection or the wines you've tasted with an Access database. You can record many useful information, such as countries, regions, types, varietals, purchase info, stock info, personal rating, and detailed drinking/tasting notes etc. Wine library's user-friendly explorer-style interface allows you to group/sort wines as folders by countries, types, vintages, locations, or in any combinations. Wine details are displayed in a customizable HTML format with a build-in IE window.

     

    Besides a powerful search function, Wine Library supports SQL, you can select and manipulate data with this powerful tool. The report feature allows you to print wine detail reports, create and print wine list reports and export them as HTML's and ASCII's.



    Reviewer Comment:
    Easy installation with no problems. Nice and easy user interface with friendly icons and descriptions. Colors and layouts are very friendly to the eye. I really like the way wines can be sorted and displayed, by varietal, winery, grape, food and many more options.

     Easy to enter tasting notes and other information and you can even paste a picture of your favorite bottle right into each tasting note. Great job and for $35 bucks it's a good deal.



    Product: Cellar            Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.cellarwinesoftware.com/
    Operating System:          Windows
    Cost:                                 $49.95 
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Legacy
    Ease of Installation:         35Mb download - may need MS Server Pack upgrade
    Ease of use:                      Easy and intuitive, windows well defined
    Help Function:                  Yes
    Major Features:               Bottle tracking & tasting notes, search, Internet, cellar location, various display option, graphics, good use of defaults, barcoding,
    Printing:                            Yes                
    Export/Import:                  Yes
    Backup:                             Yes               
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:            Highly recommended

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    Cellar! brought wine lovers the unique innovation of allowing users worldwide to share information on their
    wineries, their tasting notes and the web links they create. Users can also optionally choose to share with
    the web site the number of bottles they are managing with the program. As users join our community
    numbers steadily grow.

    • Innovative "Web Collaboration that brings all Cellar! users together as a world wide
    • community of wine enthusiasts
    • An entire new "look and feel" with more flexibility for you to be able to tailor the program to your tastes
    • Live pronunciations allow you to hear winery names, regions and wine terminology.
    • A library of 1,000's of tasting notes that, with our new C! Online feature, grows continuously.
    • The Address Book of over 8,500 wineries has been refined and now, because of C! Online, it will continue to grow without limit!

    Reviewer Comment:

    This is the mother of all cellar software programs reviewed. At 35Mb it is the largest and took forever to download. Once this was done (overnight) I was ready to install the beast. The software was not ready. It told me to start whatever version of MS Server Pack, which was not installed on my humble system. I had to download this huge thing from Microsoft's Website, another 22Mb. Once this was installed on my system getting the actual cellar software installed was straightforward. I hope the MS Server Pack is included on the CD.

    First thing I looked at was the help manual, actually it popped up by itself when I started the software the first time. Nicely designed and it seems very complete. I did have the need to refer to it often.

    Right from the start it was obvious that this is a very sophisticated product with a bunch of bells and whistles. I started with a fresh new database. Entering my first bottles was rather easy. Fields are well defined and easy to understand. I was a little confused because there was a field named "appellation" with a heading of "France" and couldn't figure out how to change it at first.

    There is plenty of space to enter tasting notes and several   fields are user-defined.  This information is then available via pull-down menus later when adding bottles.It is best  to spend time to setup defaults and frequently used names and information in predetermined fields before attempting to enter wines. 

    A list of all your wines is nicely displayed. It includes features to re-arrange layout by simply moving the header, via a one mouse click, in front or past any column in the layout. There are sorting and search options and data can be uploaded to a Website for others to see. It did take me a little practice to become familiar with the search features. There are a vast array of other options that would simply take too long here to go into, such as barcoding, auction price look up, pick lists, creating memos and much more. The software is very sophisticated and reminds me of Mr. Parker's product, but easier to follow and nicer in layout. For me it would do much more than I would be looking for. I would recommend that you play around with it for a while to become intimately familiar with all the functions and features before entering your "real" cellar. If you are a true wine geek this software is for you. Highly recommended.



    Product: Pocket Vinyard            Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.neohand.com/pocketvineyard/
    Operating System:          Palm
    Cost:                                 $19.95 
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:              Not reviewed
    Ease of Installation:        
    Ease of use:                     
    Help Function:                 
    Major Features:              
    Printing:                           
    Export/Import:                 
    Backup:                            
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    Vendor Description:

    Imagine if you could take a wine expert with you every time you went to a restaurant or wine shop. Someone who could tell you if 1996 was a good year for that Bordeauz you were looking at, or what wine goes best with the spicy Asian noodles you ordered from the local Thai joint down the street.

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    Product: Wine Chronicle           Version: 1.1
    URL:  http://www.winechronicle.com/
    Operating System:          Windows 98/NT/Me/2000/XP, Mac OS 8.0
    Cost:                                 $40.00
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Legacy
    Ease of Installation:         Easy
    Ease of use:                      Easy and intuitive, nice window design
    Help Function:                  Yes
    Major Features:               Bottle tracking & tasting notes (same bottle - different tasters,  search, Internet, cellar location, various display option, graphics
    Printing:                            Yes, predefined
                                               reports, neck tags    
    Export/Import:                  Yes
    Backup:                             Yes               
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:            Highly recommended

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    Vendor Description:

    Wine Chronicle is a easy-to-use tool for cataloging and tracking your personal collection. Wine Chronicle manages inventories, reviews, personal tasting notes, creates reports, and prints neck tags. Wine Chronicle helps manage collections of any size."

    Reviewer Comment:
    Tested version 1.1.  Nice and clean design. I like the window layout when the program first starts. Tabs on the top of the window allow easy movement between various functions, i.e. wine, tasting, reports.  I like the fact that multiple notes can be entered for the same wine/vintage tasted. Using the names of different tasters or the same and different dates can identify the notes. Report generation is easy, but limited to the predefined formats. It does include a useful "insurance" report. I really liked the means to print Neck Tags for all or selected bottles. One thing I found annoying was that sometimes when entering text or selecting an input box part of the windows information/graphics are re-drawn resulting in a choppy window flicker. I clicked on a "preview" button, which resized the window, but did nothing else.
    There are plenty of functions and features, including export and import, interfaces to wine or personal Website, formats for type size and color, and even a spell checker. I give it a  Trophy.



    Product: Perfect Wine           Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.graphicalic.dk/pages/prog/pwprog.html
    Operating System:          Windows 9x, NT, Windows 2000, ME and XP
    Cost:                                 $15.00
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:              Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:        
    Ease of use:                     
    Help Function:                 
    Major Features:              
    Printing:                               
    Export/Import:                 
    Backup:                            
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:           

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    Vendor Description:

    If you want to organize your wine collection in one easy program. Keep your information's about the wine, vineyard and grape in a beautiful and easy to use solution. Store the information and search for any information you would like to find. You can rate the wine in a simple rating system and as many times you need. Get the complete overview of all you wine and the history that goes with it. Use it for private or professional purpose.

    The complete solution for storing your information about any wine (have or wanted) you would like, any vineyard, any grape - Perfect Wine has all you need and with the intuitive and easy to use interface you can start working immediately. Include print reports for wine, vineyard and grape as well as a report for printing a wine list.

    This program makes it both fun and easy to store all the information about your own wines - both them you already have in your cellar and those you would like to have. Perfect Wine includes the ability to store information about the vineyard with a picture, name, rating and you're own comments - and a link directly to those wines you have from the vineyard. Perfect Wine offers the same ability about the grape. Store the information save a picture of the grape and link directly to the vineyards that use the grape.


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    Product: Wine Maker           Version: 2.6
    URL:  http://www.winemaker.nl/default.asp
    Operating System:          Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP, Excel
    Cost:                                 $21.35
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:              Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:        
    Ease of use:                     
    Help Function:                 
    Major Features:              
    Printing:                               
    Export/Import:                 
    Backup:                            
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:           

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    Vendor Description:

    This WineMaker program helps amateur winemakers with all the necessary arithmetics that need to be done when making wine. It saves the user a lot of guesswork and helps to tune the process to its ultimate goal: a nice bottle of Wine.

    All the user has to do is to tell WineMaker how much of an ingredient he has and what type of wine he wants to make. In addition to the Standard ingredients the user can also input his own measurement data as a starting point (even half way of the process) for the calculations.



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    Product: Virtual Wine Cellar        Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.rootsolutions.de/vwc/index.htm
    Operating System:          Windows 95 or higher,
                                             Macintosh OS
    Cost:                                 $60.00
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                      English
    Date Reviewed:              Legacy
    Ease of Installation:        Easy
    Ease of use:                    Easy and intuitive  
    Help Function:                Yes, limited
    Major Features:              Bottle tracking and tasting notes, market value, drink by date, Vinote integrated,  own rating, some user defined fields, graphics
    Printing:                            Yes
    Export/Import:                 Yes
    Backup:                            Yes
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:            Recommended

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    Vendor Description:

    Virtual WineCellar is an easy-to-use cellaring software for wine collectors. It keeps you informed about stock and history, shows the current value of your wine collection, keeps track of your suppliers, and gives you the option of ordering directly from within wine cellar. Apart from the standard data entry fields, it features several advanced functions, like user defined fields, a suppliers database with order-to-inventory processing, integration with Vinote (TM) barcoded neck tags, support for digitized bottle labels, and much more.

    Key features

    • intuitive, point and click interface.
    • fields for wine name, country, appellation, grape, year, maturity, etc. in logical grouping.
    • additional user customizable fields.
    • summaries for number of bottles, total cost, market value, and appreciation.
    • automatic reminders for wines that reached/passed maturity.
    • easy order - order directly from within Virtual WineCellar.
    • integration with Vinoté (TM) bar coded neck tags.
    • extensive finding and sorting functions.
    • displays your own rating both numerically and graphically.
    • import function for scanned wine labels.
    • optimized print form.
    • report function for further editing in your favourite word processor.
    • extensive, context-sensitive on-line help

    Reviewer Comment:
    Typical FileMaker Pro looks and feels. Opens multiple windows and when clicking on "done" windows do not close completely but rather they are minimized. Sooner or later you will find that all of your windows are minimized.

    Overall appearance of the windows and layout is very nicely done. There are Help functions with some useful information, but  lack detailed problem assistance.

    There are a lot of customizable fields that come in very handy. Pull-down menus can make data entry easier once the software "learns" what options for specific fields are available. For example, once you entered a new variety, e.g. Merlot, on subsequent entries Merlot is available from the pull-down menu. The same goes for many other fields.

    The main data entry window is very easy to use and tabs on the top of each window provides for quick access to other fields, e.g. notes or ratings. Entry fields for comments seem to be endless. I entered several dozen lines of test data and it kept accepting it. Once off the screen scroll-bars provide for scrolling up or down your comments, great.

    Ratings are unfortunately limited to only three entries: taste, color and nose; and is done by assigning a numeric value between 1 and 10 to each characteristic. A graphic bar displays the cumulative total. One nice feature is that I can display all my wines sorted by the to total in a very nice formatted window.

    Of course, like many other software products this one also allows for importing a graphic image of a wine label (or a loved one).

    The print functions is so so and lacks a little completeness. There are no sort options and wines are basically printed/sorted in the order they are entered. I would like to see them at least in alphabetic order. The preview did not work well on my computer. When "print" is selected a preview window pops up and the  "print setup", which covers up the pre-view window. Moving the window out of the way results in all characters on the preview window to be wiped out.

    A feature I really like is a little supplier address book. One can virtually enter any supplier with associated addresses, phone, Website and so on. Unfortunately no print function exists to make a hardcopy. Finally, an export function, which I did not test, provides the option to export your data to an Excel spreadsheet or in several other formats.

    I like what I saw and give it a "recommended". I would have given it a better rating, but the price tag of US$60 and the lack of better print option kept me from giving it a better rating.


    Product: Wine Jotter        Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.winejotter.com/
    Operating System:          Palm and Windows 95 or higher,
    Cost:                                 $20.00/Palm 
                                              $60.00/Windows
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                       English
    Date Reviewed:              Legacy
    Ease of Installation:        Easy
    Ease of use:                    Easy and intuitive, well
                                             defined windows  
    Help Function:                Yes, limited
    Major Features:              Bottle tracking and tasting notes, barcode, search, PC/Palm interface
    Printing:                            Yes
    Export/Import:                 Yes
    Backup:                            Yes
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:            Recommended

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    Vendor Description:
    • Manage thousands of records in a powerful and robust desktop database server capable of backup and recovery
    • Download your collection to your Palm Pilot
    • Barcode scanner support for quick retrieval of records
      score wines, manage blind tastings
    • Quickly record tasting notes, beam them to friends
    • Manage blind tasting and cellaring transactions
    • Provides a full embedded word processor on the desktop
    • Easy to record and retrive information from your Desktop or your Palm Pilot. Use your bar code scanner to instantly record wine information

    Reviewer Comment:
    Easy to download and install. Software is relatively easy to learn and manage. Before trying to enter all your bottles run it through the motion a few times and become familiar with the various functions. Adding a bottle is easy until I got to the part where I enter cost, bottle size and market values. I had a little problem getting the software to accept my data. It kept telling me that I had to create a purchase transaction first, but didn't tell me how. Frankly, I am still not sure how I did it because I tried multiple times and I must have just hit the right key.

    Visually the software is easy on the eyes and most of the important data is readable in one window. Tasting notes can be brought up in a separate window and multiple notes can be added for the same bottle by different authors - nice feature.

    The export function works well, creating a tab-delimitted file that can be imported into an Excel spreadsheet.

    While I did have some minor problems at first maneuvering around and learning the different functions, I believe this is a good product. Recommended


    Product: LandWare        Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.landware.com/wineguide/index.html
    Operating System:          Palm or Pocket PC
    Cost:                                 $24.95
    Trial/Demo Available:     No
    Language:                       English
    Date Reviewed:             Not reviewed
    Ease of Installation:        
    Ease of use:                      
    Help Function:               
    Major Features:             
    Printing
    Export/Import:                 
    Backup:                            
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    Vendor Description:

    • Quickly zero in on that special bottle
    • Manage your wine collection
    • To drink or not to drink. That is the question
    • Wine 101: A Wine Appreciation Course To Go
    • Improve your wine knowledge

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    Product: Wine XT                  Version: 1.7
    URL:  http://www.wine-software.net/winext.shtml
    Operating System:          MAC OS X 10.2 or  
                                             later
    Cost:                                 $50.00
    Trial/Demo Available:     No
    Language:                       English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portugiese, Japaniese
    Date Reviewed:             Not reviewed
    Ease of Installation:        
    Ease of use:                      
    Help Function:               
    Major Features:             
    Printing
    Export/Import:                 
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    Vendor Description:

    Edwin Buehler's Wine XT 1.7 is a wine cellar management software for wine enthusiasts. "You can manage your wines and your own wine tasting notes. You can note sight, smell, taste and the quality of a wine. Manage the wine cellar racks, reviews used wine with this wine accessory." Version 1.7 adds template-based reports, improved import functions, improved list printing, and a Japanese localization. This software is available in several languages, including: German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portugiese and Japanese

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    Product: Wine Guardian                  Version: 1.7
    URL:  http://www.imageryproducts.com/p_guardian.shtml
    Operating System:          Windows
    Cost:                                 $39.99
    Trial/Demo Available:     No
    Language:                      
    Date Reviewed:             Not reviewed
    Ease of Installation:        
    Ease of use:                      
    Help Function:               
    Major Features:             
    Printing
    Export/Import:                 
    Backup:                            
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    Recommendation:           

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    Vendor Description:

    Wine Guardian is the easiest and most comprehensive wine management software package available. Whatever your level of collecting, Wine Guardian's capabilities keep information about your collection organized and at your fingertips.
    • Wine Guardian provides the serious wine collector tools to track all aspects of the wine industry.
    • Wine Guardian provides the casual wine collector tools to easily and effectively manage their wine.

    You Can Quickly
    • Record purchases, storage locations, industry ratings, scoring, and awards.
    • Flexible layout features.
    • Save time and keystrokes with more than 4,000 preloaded wine producers and appellations.
    • Track maturity dates and wine futures that you've purchased.
    • Enter notes in the general note area of the wine and/or in specific categories.
    • Search for keywords in your notes to find the right wine to use in a recipe, to accompany your meal or to showcase a certain wine characteristic.
    • Customize reports to meet your requirements, not the program's.
    • View a layout of each wine cellar rack showing its contained wines.
    • Print reports in color

    Reviewer Comment
    :
    Unfortunately no free try-out is available. The Website shows several screen shots. Reviewing them it appears that Wine Guardian uses Microsoft Acess. The lack of a printout initself would keep me from purchasing this product. An option would be, of course, to lug you laptop to the wine store, but that seems to be unreasonable. I do not like the little bit I can make out from viewing the different screen shots, but it appears much is lacking from this software.Since this product does not offer a free trial I do not recommend this product.



    Product: Cellar Tracker           Version: online
    URL:  http://www.cellartracker.com/intro.asp
    Operating System:         Internet Online
    Cost:                                 Free (but make a
    contribution if you use it)
    Trial/Demo Available:     No
    Language:                       English
    Date Reviewed:             30 May 2006
    Ease of Installation:        Nothing to install
    Ease of use:                    Needa little time to
                                             learn, not intuitive   
    Help Function:                Limited online
    Major Features:              Bottle tracking & tasting notes, sort, search, drink by date, export, view huge number of public tasting notes, barcodes, too many others to list
    Printing                            Yes, limited and label
                                             printing
    Export/Import:                 Yes
    Backup:                            No
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:           Highly Recommended 

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    Vendor Description:

    There are two major goals for CellarTracker:

    TO PROVIDE A FLEXIBLE, SCALABLE, AND DETAILED CELLAR MANAGEMENT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL
    •  The site is designed to be extremely useful for you to manage all the information about your cellar.
    • Over time, the site will evolve to help you manage what you should be drinking and buying.
    • All of this is designed to help enhance your wine appreciation and educationAll of this is designed to help enhance your wine appreciation and education.
    These high-level goals mean different things to different people, but the site is designed to let you be as casual or as detailed as you want to be about all of the data around your wines. The following information can be easily searched and reported upon in a wide variety of ways.
    1. Wine descriptions.
    2. Quantities. (With per-bottle location tracking if you so desire)
    3. Purchase & valuation data. (For insurance purposes it is very useful to keep track of this data.)
    4. Professional reviews. (private for each user)
    5. And most importantly, tasting notes.

    Storing this information on a website provides a lot of conveniences for today's technically savvy consumer.

    1. Print individually barcoded labels for each bottle in your cellar.
    2. Browse your cellar on your web-enabled cellphone or Blackberry while you are at the wine store or from any Internet-enabled location


    Reviewer Comment:
    I tried this software previously and gave it a kind of “OK”, because there were several features that I didn’t really like, where confusing or required the addition of third party vendor software.

    Eric sent me a message asking me to try the software again because of many improvements and the growth of popularity. When I logged into Cellar Tracker I noticed right away the large number of bottles entered into the system, over 2.1 million. In August of 2004 it was 160,261 and a 119.000 tasting notes compared to 7,620 also in August 2004.

    Here it goes. Several days ago I started with a blank database and entered my favored wines, Beringer, Fetzer, Foxhorn and several others in this classy range.  Today I tried to add several more wines and noticed that I am still having problems navigating around. When I clicked on “add wine to my cellar” it forced me into a search for the label I planned on entering. If a match is found I could select to simply “copy” the match into my database and add my own comments to it. It’s a time saver, but my wine was not found (another Foxhorn Merlot). So I clicked on “create an entirely new wine”. Well, the next window asks me in kind words not to give up and search again. I did so and again, the search did not return any match on “Foxhorn” Merlot.

    I finally ended up searching for any Foxhorn, adding it to my database and then editing the contents. This works just fine and is indeed a time saver since I don’t have to reenter much of the information.

    Next, I tried to export my handful of bottles into an Excel spreadsheet. Upon clicking on the appropriate link the spreadsheet opened automatically and asked me enter my “handle” and “password”, all other cells where blank. I did and despite the message on the spreadsheet indicated that it would refresh the blank cells upon entering my handle and password, nothing happened. I tried this several times, but was unsuccessful.

    The updated version of Cellar Tracker now allows printing reports. I was able to print nice reports in various formats and sort order. Label and barcode printing options are available and labels can be printed using additional label printers and software or through MS Word. It takes a little to setup MS Word, but it would be my preferred option since it does not require additional hardware.

    There are simply too many options and features to lay them all out here. The overall impression I took from this second review is that the software has indeed improved. Some functions are a little slow, but perhaps it was my Internet connection. There are tons of features that I would not use, but are there if you wish. There are tons of tasting notes to view from other people who entered them and might make you purchase a wine or pour it down the drain. I would like to see a help option because the software is not intuitive and requires some time to learn and relearn. Much time and effort has gone into this product and it can be used for free. Although, the site owner does “allow” you to make a financial contribution. This is a good online wine bottles tracking Website and if you decide to use it I recommend that you do make a financial contribution. It might keep the site owner from charging a usage fee in the future and according to Eric there are some additional features only available to contributors. As always with online programs I recommend strongly that you make periodic backups (even into spreadsheets) just in the event the site goes down. Highly recommended.




    Product: Vinfolio           Version: online
    URL:  https://www.vinfolio.com/jsp/public/services/manage.jsp
    Operating System:         Browser
    Cost:                                 $20/month
    Trial/Demo Available:    Yes
    Language:                       English
    Date Reviewed:              Legacy
    Ease of Installation:        Nothing to install
    Ease of use:                    Easy   
    Help Function:                Limited online
    Major Features:              Bottle tracking & tasting notes, sort, search
    Printing                            Yes, limited
    Export/Import:                 
    Backup:                            
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:           NotRecommended 

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    Vendor Description:

    Vinfolio
       Online bottle management software

    Whether your collection is stored in your home cellar or spread out across several different locations, keeping track of what you own is an essential part of wine collecting. Vinfolio's inventorying service ensures that you know exactly what you have and where it is. And with VinCellar, Vinfolio's proprietary online cellar management tool, the entire process of managing your collection is simplified and unified with all your acquisition activities.

    TOTAL VALUE. TOTAL SERVICE.

    For $20 a month, Vinfolio members receive

    • Unlimited use of VinCellar™, Vinfolio's online cellar management tool. To help get you started, just send us a spreadsheet with your inventory and we'll import it for you at no extra cost.
    • Access to Allen Meadows' Burghound scores and reviews.
    • Expert recommendations and exclusive offers—via phone and email—on highly rated wine and currently unrated wine that we think merit attention.
    • Direct contact with Vinfolio staff who can act as your personal buying agent for acquisition activities or as your selling agent through Vinfolio's personal selling service.
    • Access to other Vinfolio fee-based services, including full-service storage, inventorying, appraisal and more.
    • A 50% discount on a single copy of Edgerton's Wine Price File.

    Reviewer Comment:

    This product provides some basic features to track your bottles. By all means it is poorly designed and requires constant adjustment of the vertical and horizontal scoll bars. Data entry is awkward and only provides for the very basic fields.  Some information for tasting notes must be selected from scroll-down menues and if your choice is not listed you are out of luck.



    Product: My Wine Collection         Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.indata.com/collectionsoft/mywinecollection/
    Operating System:          Windows and Macintosh
    Cost:                                 $24.95
    Trial/Demo Available:    No
    Language:                       English
    Date Reviewed:             Legacy
    Ease of Installation:       
    Ease of use:                   
    Help Function:               
    Major Features:             
    Printing                           
    Export/Import:                 
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    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:           Not Recommended because no free trila offered

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    Vendor Description:

    With My Wine Collection software, you will be able to log and track your entire wine collection. Features include, creating wine tasting sheets for parties, storing tasting notes, obtaining food and wine pairing tips, serving etiquette and much more.

    With this program you can easily print your wine cellar list, insurance reports, wine menu options for your guests and even shopping lists for those special wines you want.


    Reviewer Comment:
    Unfortunately no free try-out is available. The Website shows several screen shots that are not easy to view. The description provided seems to cover everything one would want in this type of software. Unfortunately one can't get a feel from looking at screen shots how data is entered, how easy it is to maneuver between screens, how the reports are formatted and so on. It is my believe that a demo version is simply a must before paying any amount of money, even $24.95 for something unseen and untested.


    Product: WineBook                        Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.wine-software.net/winebook.shtml
    Operating System:          Windows 95 or higher and Macintosh OS 8.5 and higher, Adobe Acrobat, Quicktime
    Cost:                                 $24.95
    Trial/Demo Available:    No
    Language:                       English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish
    Date Reviewed:             Legacy
    Ease of Installation:       
    Ease of use:                   
    Help Function:               
    Major Features:             
    Printing                           
    Export/Import:                 
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    Vendor Description:

    The cellar book software. WineBook is a wine cellar management software for wine enthusiasts. You can manage your wines and your own wine tasting notes. You can note sight, smell, taste and the quality of a wine. Manage the wine cellar racks, winery and supplier addresses with this wine accessory.

    Available in the following languages: English, German, French, Italian, Dutch & Spanish.

    Reviewer Comment
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    Product: Virtual Wine Cellar          Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.rootsolutions.de/vwc/index.htm
    Operating System:          Windows 95 or higher
    Cost:                                 $20.00
    Trial/Demo Available:    Yes
    Language:                       English
    Date Reviewed:             Legacy
    Ease of Installation:       Easy
    Ease of use:                    Very intuitive, good use a Windows management
    Help Function:                Yes. online
    Major Features:             Bottle tracking and tasting notes, sort, search, financial data, barcode, Vinote tags, graphics, maturity
    Printing                            Yes
    Export/Import:                 Yes
    Backup:                            Yes
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:           Highly Recommended

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    Vendor Description:

    Virtual WineCellar is an easy-to-use cellaring software for wine collectors. It keeps you informed about stock and history, shows the current value of your wine collection, keeps track of your suppliers, and gives you the option of ordering directly from within wine cellar. Apart from the standard data entry fields, it features several advanced functions, like user defined fields, a suppliers database with order-to-inventory processing, integration with Vinote (TM) barcoded neck tags, support for digitized bottle labels, and much more.

    Key Features:
    • intuitive, point and click interface.
    • fields for wine name, country, appellation, grape, year, maturity, etc. in logical grouping.
    • additional user customizable fields.
    • summaries for number of bottles, total cost, market value, and appreciation.
    • automatic reminders for wines that reached/passed maturity.
    • easy order - order directly from within Virtual WineCellar.
    • integration with Vinoté (TM) bar coded neck tags.
    • extensive finding and sorting functions.
    • displays your own rating both numerically and graphically.
    • import function for scanned wine labels.
    • optimized print form.
    • report function for further editing in your favourite word processor.
    • extensive, context-sensitive on-line help.
    Reviewer Comment:
    I am impressed. This is a nicely designed and easy to use product. The windows are clean and labels are easy to follow. Colors are easy on the eyes too with no blinking stuff or pictures and graphics that overshadow the primary purpose of the software.

    The "new wine" input screen is complete and allows for all the major information to be captured, including maturity date, alcohol contents and so on. Many of the input boxes provide predefined data, like "country", "appellation", etc. and just in case you feel there is one or more input fields missing, you simply define it yourself. Great options. A few tabs on top of the main entry window take you to a comments input window where you can enter anything you like about the wine. Another tab takes you to a rating window. Ratings are entered in numeric form from 1 to 12. A bar graph depicts the rating of the wine and the software assigns a "total" score, with the highest being a 12. This is actually very nice and I have seen it in other products as well. The difference here is that written notes about a wine can be left in the comments window, which was lacking in other products reviewed.

    Options allow for the display of all wines with associated information and a "find" function could take you directly to a wine found in a search. An "export" function allows creating files in various formats, such as for Excel. For large cellars the software can be used in combination with the Vinote neck tags or barcodes. Oh yes, pictures of you bottle label can be imported and displayed along with other wine information. Various paper reports can be produced and I was happy with what I printed. I like this product a lot and give it a "trophy".



    Product: The Winery          Version: N/A
    URL: http://www.filesland.com/companies/
    Tracker-Software/The-Winery.html

    Operating System:          Pocket PC
    Cost:                                 $25.00
    Trial/Demo Available:    No
    Language:                       English
    Date Reviewed:           
    Ease of Installation:     
    Ease of use:                     
    Help Function:                
    Major Features:              
    Printing                          
    Export/Import:                  
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    Limitations:                    
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    Vendor Description:

    The Winery is a database program that will allow you to store a list of your favorite
    wines. Features include:
    • Unlimited file creation
    • Export your data to text or comma separated files (cvs)
    • Adding, editing and deleting individual entries
    • Sort Filter Customize defaults
    • Help File
    • Complete setup and uninstall For Pocket PCs with Windows CE 3.0
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    Reviewer Comment:
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    Product: MyWineCollection       Version: 2.0
    URL: http://www.my-winecollection.com/
    Operating System:          Windows and
                                              Macintosh
    Cost:                                 $49.95
    Trial/Demo Available:    Yes
    Language:                       English
    Date Reviewed:             November 2006
    Ease of Installation:      Very Easy
    Ease of use:                   Very easy        
    Help Function:               Great help menu 
    Major Features:             Bottle tracking and tasting notes, sort, search, pre-loaded wines, food-pairing 
    Printing                            Good design, various report and sort options
    Export/Import:                 None - other than from previous versions           
    Backup:                           Yes                           
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:            Highly Recommended

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    Vendor Description:

    • Auto-enter wine data from over 2,500 wineries.
    • Obtain food pairing, serving glass & serving temperatures for over 130 varietals.
    • Track wine maturity dates.
    • Document your wine collection for insurance and organization.
    • Track the location of each bottle in your collection.
    • Store records for all of your wine, including: wine details, food and wine pairing tips, tasting notes and more.
    • Assign up to 3 pictures for easy visual reference.
    • Find, sort and view your wine list in multiple ways for any purpose.
    • Manage your shopping list.
    • Print insurance reports, cellar summary reports, wine details, wine lists and more.
    • Import and export to Excel® or other
    database applications.

    NEW FEATURES...
    • Wine Library with Over 2,500 Wineries
    • Customizable Varietal Library with Over 130 Preloaded Varietals
    • Over 50% Faster Wine Data Entry
    • Customizable Reports
    • Improved Wine List Interface
    • Improved Wine Detail Interface
    • Bottle Coordinate Tracking
    • Wine Party Tasting Forms
    And More...

    Reviewer Comment:
    Here we have a very nicely designed product. No blinking lights, no funny icons or graphics, but clean and straightforward labels and easy to understand buttons. The help menu has lots of information and takes you through functions step-by-step. I haven’t seen that very often. The software is easy to use and I did not have to refer to the help menu, but only to review the print options.

    Adding a new wine is easy and allows tracking all the important information associated with a good bottle of wine. Much of the information is available via pull-down menus, but things that are not listed can be simply typed into the appropriate input field. A note on the pull-down menu, the scroll bar on the menu does not scroll the text as the bar is pulled up or down. So, you have to kind of guess where to stop scrolling and then the appropriate text appears depending on where you stopped. Would have been nice if the text scolls while pulling the bar up or down.

    A food pairing section allows ticking off boxes and drinking temperatures. Nothing fancy, but it does exactly what is intended.

    There is lots of room to add tasting notes, when and where a wine was consumed, with sight, smell, taste and space for an overall impression.

    There are tons of options to sort and find specific wines, different ways to view your inventory, with one that I really like. There is actually a zoom option to enlarge the window, which makes it great to read from 2 miles away… well Ok, I am exaggerating, but it does make the text much easier to read.

    There are several print format options. One that I liked a lot is the Wine Detail report. It nicely formats one page for each wine and lists all pertinent wine information. It even includes the picture of the label if you imported it.

    The cellar summary report is easy to read and can be sorted by various criteria. One thing that I did not like is that in some instances text is wrapped and may do so in the middle of a word. For example “Kendall-Jackson” appears as “Kendall-Jackso” with the “n” appearing on the next line. Word wrapping occurs frequently since many varietal and winery names can be quite long. This could make the report look a little awkward. Setting print to “Landscape” does not help. I would have preferred the report to be in landscape and take advantage of the page real estate.

    My overall impression of this product is very good. For $49 this is a very good investment if your are in the market for wine bottle cellar inventory software. One of a few products that has a backup feature to save your data.

    07 August 2007, received the following message from one of our readers (Jerald C.):
    I noted that you rated MyWineCollection v2.0 quite highly. I've been using
    it for a couple of months now and have a few comments.
     
    First, the software boasts a database of thousands of wineries. However, I
    find that most of these, such as Charles Krug and C.K. Mondavi simply aren't
    wines that one would cellar. Other wines, such as Rosenthal or Lockwood
    simply arent listed (Though, curiously, cult wines like Screaming Eagle are
    in the database). The listing is nearly useless, however, because the
    software won't locate a winery by letting the user type in a few letters.
    Instead there is a tedious process of manually scrolling through the entire
    list just to see if the winery is listed.
     
    Another point. Under "region" the software database lists virtually every
    state in the U.S. except for California. The only two regions listed in
    California are Napa and Central Coast. So far I've been unable to figure out
    how to add new regions to the list.
     
    The Appellation list is initially unpopulated. However, it does acquire
    appellations as they are added. It does not, however, associate appellations
    with regions.
     
    The software allows the user to list multiple bottles of a single wine in a
    single entry. However, it permits only one cellar slot, regardless the
    number of bottles. As a result, it is in reality necessary to create a
    separate entry for every bottle of wine it they are to be assigned
    individual storage locations.






    Product: Multi Media Wine Workshop       Version: N/A
    URL:   http://www.recipeswinetravel.com/MWWMain.htm
    Operating System:          Windows
    Cost:                                 $29.95
    Trial/Demo Available:    No
    Language:                       English
    Date Reviewed:             Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:     
    Ease of use:                     
    Help Function:                
    Major Features:              
    Printing                          
    Export/Import:                  
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    Vendor Description:

    Whether you are a wine expert or a novice, Multimedia Wine Workshop CD-ROM can assist you in the management of your wine cellar and the enjoyment of your wines.

    For the novice there are Wine Wizards to guide you as to maturity dates and food and wine matches.  The program contains background information on wineries and related topics.

    For the expert, the sophisticated data entry process lets you add large numbers of wines effortlessly and classify them based on over 20 descriptors.  You'll always know the value of your cellar and never lose track of wines that are reaching their maturity.

    Also included are videos and slide shows covering all aspects of the wine-production process.  The audio guide teaches you how to pronounce foreign wine terms, appellations and regions.


    Reviewer Comment:



    Product: Cellar Search       Version: N/A
    URL:   http://www.cellarsearch.com/
    Operating System:          Windows  and
                                              Macintosh
    Cost:                                 $35.00
    Trial/Demo Available:    No
    Language:                       English
    Date Reviewed:             Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:     
    Ease of use:                     
    Help Function:                
    Major Features:              
    Printing                          
    Export/Import:                  
    Backup:                             
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:           

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    Vendor Description:

    Cellar Search is brought to you by McLellan Group and MKTech Software Inc. Cellar Search is a customizable wine cellar management tool. Delivered as a user-friendly software package.
    • Works equally well on either Mac or PC
    • Has all of the features you need and none that you don't
    • Is easy to get started on and simple to use
    • Has an elegant, beautiful interface
    • Works with any cellar design or size, from 50 to 500,000 bottles

    Reviewer Comment:
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    Product: Wine Boss       Version: N/A
    URL:   http://www.wineboss.com/
    Operating System:          Online
    Cost:                                 $39.95/annually
    Trial/Demo Available:    Yes
    Language:                       English
    Date Reviewed:             Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:     
    Ease of use:                     
    Help Function:                
    Major Features:              
    Printing                          
    Export/Import:                  
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    Vendor Description:

    A wine cellar management program used to organize and value your wine cellar, and research wines.
    • Organize and manage your wine cellar and access your records anywhere, anytime, via the internet.
    • Exclusive analysis graphs and charting tools to evaluate your wines like your stocks. Compare your cellar, or individual wines, to other wines or groups of wines.
    • Track your wine's value through current auction and retail prices using our exclusive wine price database.
    • Analyze your cellar contents by varietal, maturity, cost, country, or type of wine.
    • Print and scan barcode lables for bottles or cases of your wine.
    • Easily record, share, search, and print tasting notes for thousands of wines.

    Reviewer Comment:
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    Product: Wine Cellar II       Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.pmcs.co.nz/winecellar.htm
    Operating System:         Windows
    Cost:                                 $59.95
    Trial/Demo Available:    Yes
    Language:                       English
    Date Reviewed:             
    Ease of Installation:       Easy
    Ease of use:                    Very intuitive, clean window design 
    Help Function:                 Yes
    Major Features:              Bottle tracking and tasting notes,  many default entries, multiple windows, graph stats, graphics, list of wineries
    Printing                            Yes
    Export/Import:                 Yes
    Backup:                            Yes 
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:            Highly Recommended

    Score:
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    Vendor Description:

    Wine Cellar II is a comprehensive cellar management system designed to record your wine purchases, cellaring and consumption. Whether you have 10 bottles or 10,000 bottles, you can easily keep track of cellaring guidelines, tasting notes, food matches and much more.

    Developed by an innovative New Zealand software company, Wine Cellar II is marketed and sold internationally. Wine Cellar II is the first major upgrade to PMC Wine Cellar 99, New Zealand's most popular wine cellar management software.

    Wine Cellar II has an extensive list of features making it the definitive wine cellar management system. With software like this, you have no excuse for losing your favourite bottle or letting it pass it's best drinking date.

    Reviewer Comment:
    .As soon as I started this product I thought I was in trouble. All these icons and buttons… But you know what? It’s very easy to learn and understand. I couldn’t make out some of the icons, but fortunately a little text box pops up, describing the icon, when the cursor is moved on top of it.

    The main window is divided into two parts. In the left various brands, regions, countries, etc can be displayed and in the right window lists the wines for the selection option. For example: selecting “Varieties” brings up a list of all the different wine types such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Grenache and so on. Highlighting “Chardonnay” brings up a list of all the Chardonnay in my cellar. Any wine types not on the list can be simply added at any time without having to leave the current window. Great feature. As a matter of fact the main window always stays up unless minimized. When selecting new or additional options a new window is opened for each. Again, I like this because I can now see multiple windows with corresponding information across the different windows.

    A substantial list of wineries is already pre-entered and so is various other information. I calculated about 3500 from all over the world, including address, phone & fax number and the URL for many. Entering a new wine into my cellar is easy and much information is already available via pull-down menus. Each time information is entered not currently in the pull-down menu is automatically added to the menu and available the next time I enter the same or similar wine.

    Another nice option is displaying various graphs/charts. A pie chart can display the percentage of wines from different countries or varieties. This is really nice for the true geek.

    A very functional racking can be custom designed allowing for quick physical location of specific bottles. Nice for someone who has several hundred bottles and don’t know what is where.

    Various reports can be created and I was happy with most of them. The only minor beef I had was with the one I created by country. It listed countries for which I did not have any wines. But, at least the values were correctly shown as zero.

    The help menu is so so, but I didn’t really have a need to use it. In my case it shows how good the functions are designed.

    Those folks from New Zealand really can design some very nice cellar software. I am impressed and for $59.95 I give it a “trophy. I liked the software so much I kept playing around for the longest time and each time discovering new interesting functions.


    Product: Weinsave       Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.weinsave.ch/
    Operating System:         Windows
    Cost:                                 $40.50 Euro5
    Trial/Demo Available:    Yes
    Language:                      German
    Date Reviewed:             Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:      
    Ease of use:                     
    Help Function:                
    Major Features:             
    Printing                           
    Export/Import:                 
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    Vendor Description:

    Das Herzstück von Weinsave ist die Kellerverwaltung. Darin werden Ihre Weine, Jahrgänge und Lagerbestände gespeichert, natürlich kann auch ein Bild der Etikette hinterlegt werden.

    Im Degustationsjournal können Sie Ihre Bewertungen festhalten, wenn Sie einen Wein probiert haben.

    In der Stammdatenverwaltung sind die Angaben die immer wieder verwendet werden einmalig gespeichert, sodass sie so wenig wie möglich eintippen müssen. Das Traubenlexikon und die Länder/Gebietsdatenbank ist bereits gefüllt wenn Sie Weinsave installieren.

    Weinsave bietet eine breite Palette von Auswertungen
    - Listen
    - Exporte nach Excel
    - Grafiken



    Reviewer Comment:



    Product: Wine Cellar                Version: 3.0
    URL:  http://www.spamresource.com/catalog/p133113.html
    Operating System:         Windows
    Cost:                                 $19.95
    Trial/Demo Available:    No
    Language:                      English
    Date Reviewed:             Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:      
    Ease of use:                     
    Help Function:                
    Major Features:             
    Printing                           
    Export/Import:                 
    Backup:                            
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:            Not Recommended because
                                              no trial available

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    Vendor Description:

    With WINE CELLAR you can easily archive the wines you have in stock. Capture all details for each wine. Assign sound comments and a picture to each wine. Search in your WINE CELLAR for a wine to serve. Get information on most grapes. Check your stock with a single click. Never again spend a long time deciding which wine you to serve your guests.

    Features:

    • Archives all details of the wines you have in stock
    • Comfortable query functions to select your wines
    • Wine suggestions for many meals
    • Supports assignment of a picture and sound and to each wine
    • Get information for most grapes
    • Easy to use query functions to check out information
    • Stock check with a single click
    • Smart functions to create your personal reports
    • Provides online help

    Reviewer Comment:
    No demo or trial version available. By now you know how I feel about products that don't offer a demo


    Product: Personal Wine Curator            Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.thewinecurators.com/pwc2.html
    Operating System:         Windows and Macintosh
    Cost:                                 $29.95
    Trial/Demo Available:    No
    Language:                      English
    Date Reviewed:            
    Ease of Installation:       Easy
    Ease of use:                    Very easy and intuitive
    Help Function:                Yes
    Major Features:              Bottle tracking and tasting notes, drink by date, consumed, barcoding, food pairing, most major fields
    Printing                          Yes, including labels 
    Export/Import:               No 
    Backup:                          Yes  
    Limitations:                    
    Recommendation:            Recommended

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    Vendor Description:

    • Easily organize your entire collection, including consumed and tasted wines
    • Over 1,200 specific food pairing suggestions
    • Auto-notifies when wine is mature
    • Easy to read, user-friendly layouts
    • Unique wine classification system
    • Matches over 500 regions and sub-regions automatically
    • Print I.D. labels with your favorite label printer
    • Can be used with bar coding
    • Over 100 detailed help screens, plus FAQ, Quickstart & 10 Cool Things

    Reviewer Comment:
    Now, this software looks quite different from others I have reviewed. I was greeted by a nice window that lists the things I can do; add a wine, view lists of wines, create reports and so on. All windows have an olive colored background. I wasn’t too crazy about it, but could get used to it.

    From the main window I selected “enter a new wine” and I was taken to a nicely designed window where I entered my famous Beringer White Zinfandel bottle. Entering a new wine is simply. Some information can be obtained via scroll-down option. If the option is not listed I simply entered it. Like most products, this one keeps track of all the important things for a wine, drinking dates, tasting notes, grape types, food pairing and all kinds of other things.

    Maneuvering between windows is easy with the various tabs on top of the windows and a help window is available for slow people like me. I found it a little annoying that after reading the help text I had to scroll back to the top to close the window. The “close” button is located on top.

    One problem I ran into was when I inadvertently entered the “add new wine” window and tried to get out of it without entering any text. The software would not allow me to do this and I had to literally close the program and restart it. As a matter of fact I just noticed that windows once opened couldn’t be closed. The only option is to “minimize” and ignore it for the remaining session. Well, that’s not nice at all.

    The software makes use of Filemaker Pro, which explains why the whole window flickers each time I highlight something and click on it. Oh also, each time I activate a scroll-down box there is this 2-3 seconds delay before the contents in the scroll-down list are displayed. I found myself clicking two or three times on the scroll-down box only to make the wait longer each time. It’s something one has to get used to.

    In their advertisement the company claims that the software matches 500 sub-regions and regions automatically, but I did not see any evidence that it does this. It also talks about a unique wine classification system and I did not see anything unique. Lastly they claim the software make use of bar-coding, but nowhere is it explained how to integrate barcoding.

    Reporting functions are sufficient and various different reports can be created. I looked at some and found them nicely designed and sufficient.

    I found this software easy to use, nice in design (except for the olive background) and it does most of the things I would want it to do. Even with some minor discrepancies I give it a “recommended”.


    Product: Vinum Master #D Pro            Version: N/A
    URL: http://www.vinummaster.com/Eng/
    Operating System:         Windows
    Cost:                                 44.95€
    Trial/Demo Available:    Yes
    Language:                      English
    Date Reviewed:             Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:       
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    Vendor Description:

    Another product for our French-speaking friends

    3D wines cellar management software. logiciel shareware de gestion de cave à vins en 3D.
    Le logiciel de gestion de cave à vin Vinum Master est disponible en 4 versions afin de satisfaire tout le monde, du professionnel au particulier en passant par l'amateur éclairé.
    • Visualisation 2D et 3D de la cave.
    • 4 Champs perso configurables. Affichage d'étiquette.
    • Commentaires Gout, Odorat, Vue.

    Reviewer Comment:



    Product: ManageYourCellar            Version: online
    URL: http://manageyourcellar.com/winecellar/do/Welcome;
    jsessionid=01E2B2A6647CE948414B2C7CDD12FB83

    Operating System:        Browser
    Cost:                                
    Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
    Language:                       English
    Date Reviewed:             Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:       
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    Vendor Description:

    Whether you have several bottles or several thousands bottles, Manage Your Cellar is the indispensable wine cellar software for consulting and managing your wine collection. With this wine softare, start building your virtual wine cellar and you will keep track of your inventory, know which wine to drink at the right time, and much more. Adding wines to your collection is just a couple of clicks. And with all the wine knowledge already present in the software, there will be little typing that you will need to do. Cellar Statistics will give you a useful one page overview of your cellar and even compute the value of your cellar and its ideal size based on your annual consumption.

    Reviewer Comment:



    Product: The Wine Cellar Book            Version: 1.6
    URL:  Click on link under "Description"
    Operating System:          Windows
    Cost:                                50 Euros
    Trial/Demo Available:     Limited, no new wines
    Language:                       English, French, German
    Date Reviewed:               Legacy
    Ease of Installation:        Easy
    Ease of use:                     Confusing at times
    Help Function:                 Limited
    Major Features:              Bottle tracking and tasting notes,  drink by date,
    Printing                            Poor report layout
    Export/Import:               
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    Recommendation:           Not Recommended

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    Vendor Description:

    The Wine Cellar Book
    A software application to manage your private wine cellar. Enter and track extensive information about your wines and other beverage types, such as origin, cepage, vintage, price, wine grower, remarks, tasting notes, quantity on hand, etc.

    To access the English web site click here.

    The Wine Cellar Book is currently available in English, German and French.

    Le Livre de Cave
    Un logiciel de gestion conçu pour les caves à vin des particuliers.  Saisir et suivre pour l’ensemble de vos vins et spiritueux des informations telles que: l’origine, le cépage, le millésime, le prix, le viticulteur, les entrée et sorties de cave, l’inventaire, vos commentaires, les notes de dégustation,  etc.

    La version française est disponible depuis novembre 2004, Pour un aperçu de ce produit cliquez-ici.

    Pour essayer la version française visitez la page “Download” et lorsque vous exécutez le programme d’installation  cliquez sur la flêche pour la liste déroulante et sélectionnez “Français”.

    Pour vous connecter au site anglais cliquez ici.

    Das Weinkellerbuch
    Eine Software Applikation die es Ihnen erlaubt Ihren privaten Weinkeller zu verwalten. Sie können detaillierte Angaben über Ihren Wein und andere Getränke eingeben und verfolgen, wie Herkunft, Jahrgang, Preis, Weinproduzent, Bemerkungen, Degustationsnotizen, Bestand, etc.

    Im Moment existiert “Das Weinkellerbuch” in einer englischen, deutschen, und einer französischen Version.

    Die deutsche Version ist anfangs Oktober publiziert worden, um einen ersten Eindruck zu erhalten clicken Sie hier.

    Um die deutsche Version zu testen besuchen Sie unsere “Download” Seite und wenn Sie den setup ausführen wählen Sie auf dem ersten Prompt “Deutsch” aus.


    Reviewer Comment:
    This is version 1.6. Some time ago I reviewed an earlier version of the product and was very much impressed with the work, but could not recommend it for a couple of smaller reasons, but mainly because of the poor paper reports that I was able to generate.

    When starting “The Wine Cellar Book” a window pops up that is divided into two main parts. The upper portion displays all the wines and the lower part display certain wine characteristics for the wine selected in the upper window. Each part can be resized to make more or less information visible. One thing that bugged me was the product wanted to access the Internet each time I started it. I did not allow this and it didn’t cause any apparent problems.

    Filters allow for displaying only certain wines from certain regions. For example, I can select to display only the wines from Bordeaux or from California. I did run into some trouble when I tried to display only Cabernet Sauvignon, but could not find an entry from the pull down menu with that varietal. Now, I could easily display all red’s or white’s, but it would be nice to be able to select by varietal.

     Before I go on, I must indicated that I only reviewed the downloaded version, which does not allow adding new wines to the database. One must purchase a license to fully use the product. The download does come with a handful of wines and they are all French productions. So, it is possible that that some characteristics I was going to select from the pull-down menu are only there if at least one wine matching that characteristic has been previously entered.

    I found Wine Cellar Book relatively easy to use and only took a little while to learn. It can store very detailed information about each wine, which can easily be modified at a later time. Some information, however, must be entered and when I did not, the field required turned yellow telling me that I must enter a value. Some fields are checked for validity, such as E-mail addresses. That’s nice.

    Context sensitive help is also available and I had to use it several times because there are some fields without a descriptor. This is especially the case for several search fields. For the person who likes statistical analysis, several different stats can be displayed, all, but one, in a graph format. Personally I like pie charts.

    Many of the fields can be filled via pull-down menus, which is nice. Unfortunately if the pull-down menu does not have the value you want you must first enter it into the Master Data fields, such as producer, region, sub-region and so on. Would be nice to just allow one to enter the value right into the fields that require it and is automatically available for the next wine. Another nice feature is that I can identify a blend by its contents; say 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot.

    It is apparent that the author put much work into the product, but with each product there are several things that could be better. Here is my list of things I did not like.

    The part of the window that displays all the wines only shows the producer, but not the name of the wine. For example, I can have a bottle of Erath Pinot Noir. I would enter Erath under wine name but there is no field that allows me to specify the varietal Pinot Noir. I could enter the name and varietal as “Erath, Pinot Noir” and it would show up OK, but it would not find the bottle when I tried to search for it by “Pinot Noir”. It would find it, however, when searched as “Erath”.

    There are several reports one can generate, but in my opinion they are insufficient. There is the standard listing of all the wines, an inventory list and several others. Unfortunately none can be sorted in the order I want. For example, I want a one-page report for a specific wine that I have consumed in the past. I want that report with all the details including tasting notes, which I can take somewhere or send to someone. I want a report that can be sorted by country or varietal or producer. As indicated in the beginning, I have reviewed a previous version of the product and my biggest problem was the way the report looked on paper. Very poorly designed and at least one report cuts off parts of the text.


    Product: Wine Tote                           Version: 1.1
    URL:  http://www.totecollection.com/default.aspx
    Operating System:          Windows
    Cost:                                  N/A
    Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:        
    Ease of use:                    
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    Vendor Description:

    This software gives you the ability to store important information pertaining to your wines. Whether you have an extensive cellar or just a few bottles, if you want to keep notes and records of your wine information then Wine Tote is for you.

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    Product: Intelliscanner Wine Collector      Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.intelliscanner.com/products/wine/index.html
    Operating System:          Windows PCs and Mac OS X
    Cost:                                 Starting @ $199.00
    Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:        
    Ease of use:                    
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    Vendor Description:

    Wine Collector: it's wine management made easy with barcode technology.

    Wine Collector gives you the tools you need to automatically manage your wine -- an award-winning IntelliScanner handheld barcode scanner, premium wine tracking software, and pre-printed asset tags all packed in a custom wine crate package from IntelliScanner.

    It's everything you need to keep track of wine collections of any size, from a small home collection to an extensive wine cellar or restaurant collection. So throw away that spreadsheet or complicated software where you're typing and sorting and not getting very far, and take a look at Wine Collector. You'll love the flexibility, and you'll never miss a peak year again.


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    Product:Wine Enthusiast                       Version: 2.0
    URL:  http://www.landware.com/wineguide/palmos/
    Operating System:          Palm and Pocket PC
    Cost:                                 $19.95
    Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:        
    Ease of use:                    
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    Printing                            
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    Vendor Description:

    The new version 2.0 introduces over 120 enhancements to reaffirm its place as the premier mobile companion for choosing, evaluating, managing and enjoying wine.

    With a few key strokes you can instantly access up-to-date details, reviews, ratings and retail prices for over 34,000 wines world wide. That's over three times the number included in previous editions and represents every wine reviewed by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

    High Density display support
    · Higher resolution color graphics
    · Support for 320 x 480 portrait and landscape modes
    · High resolution fonts included

    Data improvements
    · Now contains every wine reviewed by Wine Enthusiast Magazine (over 34,000)
    · Wine data can now fully reside on external memory cards
    · New data structure minimizes memory usage (20% reduction over previous requirements)
    · New data structure minimizes sync install time (95% reduction over previous guides)
    · Wine reviews/details can now be updated wirelessly

    Cellar Improvements
    · Custom font and row shading options
    · Wine style option added
    · Incremental Lookup search supports AutoFill for improved searching
    · Items now color coded according to ageing status
    · AutoFill now supports varietal, appellation, region and country
    · Designation is now copied from the buying guide.
    · Adjust stock levels by a Bottle/Case using a single tap
    · Tap and hold to duplicate and delete entries
    · Improved Tastings data entry screen

    Desktop Import/Export functionality
    (Windows only, Mac coming soon)
    · Import/Export wine lists to/from computer in delimited file format
    · Flexible import behaviors
    - Record or field level updating
    - Append or overwrite imported records


    Reviewer Comment:



    Product:  Wine Tote                      Version: 1.0
    URL:  http://www.totecollection.com/default.aspx
    Operating System:          Windows
    Cost:                                 BETA
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not Reviewed
    Ease of Installation:        
    Ease of use:                    
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    Vendor Description:

    This software gives you the ability to store important information pertaining to your wines. Whether you have an extensive cellar or just a few bottles, if you want to keep notes and records of your wine information then Wine Tote is for you.



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    Product:  My Wine Assistant                      Version: N/A
    URL:  http://www.mywineassistant.com/
    Operating System:          Online with PDA access
    Cost:                                 free
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               December 2006
    Ease of Installation:        online
    Ease of use:                      confusing, too many clicks, insufficient instructions, poor layout
    Help Function:                 not very intuitive, limited and unclear
    Major Features:              Virtual cellar, access using PDA, appears to have most basic features
    Printing                             Did not see a print function
    Export/Import:                 no
    Backup:                            Did not see a backup function
    Limitations:                      see my review
    Recommendation:            not recommended

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    Vendor Description:

    Online wine management systems offer a number over traditional downloadable software including automatic software updates, regular backups, and accessibility from any computer with Internet access.

    • Add wines to your personal cellar to track your collection
    • Enter advanced bottle information such as cellar life and target consumption year
    • Build and place your bottles in virtual wine racks
    • Track futures and wine shipments with anticipated arrival dates
    • Add wines to your wish list or "buy again" list.
    • Rate and review wines and access our database of wine reviews
    • Communicate with other users via our forum
    • Access your cellar through any Internet-enabled cell phone or PDA through MWAMobile

    Reviewer Comment:
    The author introduced this product to me. It is an online bottle management product and I had to struggle finding my way through it. I have to admit that I do not have much endurance and expect a user-friendly product if I am to use this tool on a regular basis. In my opinion it is not, even thought the author put much work in to this product..

    The window layout is not friendly and that’s why it requires a lot of instructions between completing each of the required steps. The author must have noticed this because there is an instruction page between each links to the next functions.

    Perhaps it’s only me, but when I enter a wine management software product the first thing I want to see is my wines. I can care less about advertising, a bunch of instructions that are repeatedly displayed and large number of clicks before I get to the information I want to see. Give me the basics first and then the options to drill down, but this goes with all products…design it so that I don’t have to keep my fingers on the keyboard at all times. (This comment is not only restricted to this product).

     I did not completely test this product and gave up after encountering SQL errors. But, here is one example that tested my patience.

    Adding a wine takes several steps over several different windows.

    Step 1
    If producer not already in db the page is refreshed and (Add New Wine Producer) is displayed in very small font size on the bottom of the screen. Why not just go to the next step automatically to enter the producer information instead of having to click on a link to it?

    Step 2
    The next page provides instructions for the next step, but one must click on a link to get there. Again, why not simply take us to the next step?

    Once wine info is entered the page is refreshed and now, on another page,  the vintage entered. Once this is done the page is refreshed again with the wine I just entered and I am left in the dark as to what to do next. Where do I enter the remaining information, such as tasting notes, cellar location and so on…?

    So, now I go to “My Cellar” or  “My reviews” and nothing is there. What happened to the two bottles I just entered? Ok, it took me about five minutes to figure out that I have to click on the link that displays the vintage of the wine I just entered. Now I am ready to enter the remaining wine information. Luckily, this time all the information can be entered in one swoop on one page without having to click my way through various windows.  Oops, I spoke too soon. I was actually going to write that it seems to take an awful long time for the next window to come up after I entered all information. I actually ran into an SQL error and the return code is “Response object error 'ASP 0251 : 80004005'”.

    Well, that’s it for me.

    I am not impressed. There are way too many clicks involved when attempting to enter a new wine. I can see this to be a vacation project if one has to enter several hundred bottles. I believe there are better online products available that are just easier to use. I was looking forward to seeing my bottles in the virtual cellar. The description says that I could click on a bottle there and see the associated wine information. Sorry, but I never made it to that feature.



    Product: WineBang               Version: 8.5.1.542
    URL:  http://www.winebanq.com/
    Operating System:           Windows
    Cost:                                 $35.00
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not reviewed
    Ease of Installation:       
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    Vendor Description:

    WineBang

    An extremely powerful, flexible and sophisticated software solution for managing your entire wine cellar collection. Just some of the many features are:

    • At a glance, always see the state of your wine cellar.
    • Easily add new wines to your cellar.
    • Restock existing wines in your cellar.
    • Rate wines from your cellar.
    • Reporting, charting and export data to popular formats.
    • Use a powerful data grid shows you your wines in the way you want to see them.


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    Product: WineBang               Version: 8.5.1.542
    URL French:  http://www.lacavedusommelier.lu/
    URL English: http://www.cavedusommelier.com/en/
    Operating System:           Windows
    Cost:                                 $25.00
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English and French
    Date Reviewed:               Not reviewed
    Ease of Installation:       
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    Vendor Description:

    La Cave du sommelier is a versatile and powerful cellar software. It stores winery information, tasting information, transactions, bottle locations, label pictures, and drink ability indicators. All of the information is searchable, making finding the right wine a snap. asy searching, sorting, filtering, and grouping Customizable grid Customizable user-defined fields Export to Excel. Version 1.26 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

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    Product: Sommeliers             Version: 6.5
    URL English: http://www.winecaveinc.com
    Operating System:           Windows
    Cost:                                 $74.95 CAD
    Trial/Demo Available:     No
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not reviewed
    Ease of Installation:       
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    Vendor Description:

    Sommeliers! version 6.5 is the only wine cellar manager to offer market value of your bottles in real-time. Regularly updated, GLOBAL WINE STOCK's database lets you know about the wine's availability wherever you are.

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    Product: Vintrust             Version: N/A
    URL English: http://www.vintrust.com
    Operating System:           Online
    Cost:                                 $free (well, not really)
    Trial/Demo Available:     No
    Language:                        English
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    Our Wine Management system integrates the wine in your collection with data informing you about what you have and what to do with it. Your Vintrust account is accessible on any PC connected to the Internet and provides a snap-shot of your wine portfolio. A list of every wine in your collection is presented, ready to be sorted in a variety of specific characteristics or searched by vintages, varietals, regions and more. Each listed wine is organized by cellar (e.g. home, summer home and Vintrust cellars), linked to the vintner’s own website and a separate wine details page which specifies every individual aspect of the wine, including: original cost, current value, source, bottle location, ratings, personal tasting notes and vintner notes (when available).

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    Product: Wine File Pro         Version: 2.0
    URL English: http://www.filesland.com
    Operating System:           Windows 95 and greater
    Cost:                                 $19.95
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes 30-days
    Language:                        English
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    Wine File Pro helps wine collectors, and wine cellar owners to organize and manage their wine collections on their PCs in a convenient manner. Track your entire wine collection including purchase price, bottles in stock, current value, tasting notes, vintage, producer and so much more. Easy to use for the beginner, and extremely powerful for the most advanced user.

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    Product: Wine Collector 200         Version: 2.0
    URL English: http://www.intelliscanner.com
    Operating System:
    • Windows PCs: Windows XP, or Windows 2000
    • Mac: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later (incl. Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger")
    Cost:                                 $199.00
    Trial/Demo Available:     No
    Language:                        English
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    Automatic wine management software designed for your IntelliScanner barcode reader. Features include Internet-enabled AutoFill capabilities, location tracking, integrated tasting notes and ratings, extensive import/export options, automatic maturity calculation, Internet-enabled wine database access with 67,000 barcode-enabled wine bottle records and self-updating record submission/sharing system.

    If a bottle you scan isn't in our database, you can enter it in 3 easy steps -- with an optional self-updating data synchronization system, that bottle can be added to our database for the benefit of others. The information available for each bottle varies, and typically includes the name, varietal, winery, country, type, color, and region. By entering the vintage and peak year, Wine Collector provides a color-coded maturity indicator with a date range based on the differential between the vintage, peak, and current year.

    Wine Collector's database extensively covers wines from around the world found in U.S. and Canadian markets, and also includes wine records for some bottles found in Europe and Australia.

    No barcode on a few of your wines? No problem -- just apply an IntelliScanner Asset Tag so you can track it in the system. Every tag is unique, so you'll never mix up bottles later.



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    Product: Wine Master for Palm         Version: 3.0
    URL English: http://palmsource.palmgear.com
    Operating System:           Palm
    Cost:                                 $19.95
    Trial/Demo Available:     Yes
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not reviewed
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    Over 11,000 wines available free for download by registered Wine Master Users. Easy entry and searching of your favorite wines to buy or drink. Beam wines to other Wine Master users. Keep your wines synchronized on your desktop computer with Wine Master for Windows.

    New graphical wine list options, support for Sony Clie Jog Dial, more on-screen help, and bug fixes.

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    Product: ManageYourCellar.com         Version: 3.0
    URL English: ManageYourCellar.com
    Operating System:           Online
    Cost:                                 free
    Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
    Language:                        English
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    Start managing your wine collection today or.  Whether you have several bottles or several thousands bottles, Manage Your Cellar is the indispensable wine cellar software for consulting and managing your wine collection. With this wine cellar software, start building your virtual wine cellar and you will keep track of your inventory, know which wine to drink at the right time, and much more. Adding wines to your collection is just a couple of clicks. And with all the wine knowledge already present in the software, there will be little typing that you will need to do. Cellar Statistics will give you a useful one page overview of your cellar and even compute the value of your cellar and its ideal size based on your annual consumption. Just registerbrowse the guest wine cellar for a hands-on demo of this wine cellar software functionalities.

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    Product: TkWI\iCe          Version: 0.6
    URL English: http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Database/
    Administrative-frontents/TkWiCe-19035.shtml
    Operating System:           Linux
    Cost:                                 free
    Trial/Demo Available:     N/A
    Language:                        English
    Date Reviewed:               Not reviewed
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