Tired of using Excel to track the wines in your cellar and want something a bit more…sophisticated? As a recovering Excel user who switched to Cellar Tracker (CT) about 10 years ago, I’ve never looked back. If you are looking for an easy tool to manage your cellar, I recommend checking it out. It’s life changing, and here’s why…
The founder, Eric LeVine, who developed and maintains this community platform along with his brilliant team, are to be commended. They have built a full web version as well as a downloadable app for your tablet and smartphone. For a voluntary donation of under $100 per year, you can manage your cellar of up to 500 bottles (and less if your cellar is smaller). It is well worth every penny. Here is a brief summary of the awesome features of CT.
Keep Calm and Scan
Spin the Bottle
So, what’s it going to be tonight? Tart, sweet, spicy, or bold? Let CT help direct you to the right one. This is probably the most practical feature of CT. Once your cellar has been logged, CT lets you browse your cellar by varietal, region, or vintage to quickly display what’s in your cellar according to the parameters you choose. It also offers recommendations on when to drink or hold each selection.
Maintain a Well-Stocked Cellar
You’re at a local retailer, or maybe even a winery, and wondering what you need to add to your cellar. Last time I checked, most everyone I know always has their smartphone on them. That said, you have 24/7 access to view your cellar and know where your gaps are. Never be caught again serving salmon for a dinner party and only having heavy Cabs in your cellar.
Avoid Meh Wines
Boost your Brain
Build Your Wish List
Drank a wine you loved at a restaurant or party but afraid you’ll forget it. No problem. Simply scan the bottle or take a pic and add it to your wish list in CT. It keeps track of everything you love but don’t yet have in your cellar so you can track it down later.
Take it Offline
CT offers all kinds of reports that let you easily select a printable format or export the information to Excel in case you need a printed back-up copy for offline reference. Electricity goes out? Piece o’ cake. Light some candles and pick a bottle off the list.