CellarTracker is a tool that you can use to track the wines you have tasted as well as the wines you are storing. It provides numerous fields to let you track as little or as much data as you want about your wine collection and tasting history. At the simplest level, you can keep a wishlist or a list of wines you have liked. At the most complex level, you can keep a detailed record of every bottle, along with custom-generated barcodes, and a complete history of every wine you have ever tasted, regardless of whether it came from your cellar.
CellarTracker also features a massive database of millions of community wine reviews that anyone can search to find recommendations on wines. These days, when you Google the name of a wine, CellarTracker is usually one of the first few links, and that’s how most people find and subsequently use the site.
At the core of CellarTracker is a very comprehensive database of nearly 1.4 million wines. Generally speaking, most wine enthusiasts will find about 99% coverage using the existing wine database. It is also quite easy for any member of the community to create new wines, although great care should be taken to first ensure that the wine doesn’t already exist in the database in some form. In fact, the wine database is constantly expanding with thousands of new wines added by the community every week.
All wine-related actions on CellarTracker begin with searching the database. It is most efficient to type as little as possible, just the first few characters of the critical words (e.g. the name of a winery, the variety, the appellation, the vineyard), so that you are most likely to find and match an existing wine. Generally speaking, the less information you type, the more likely you are to find a match if one exists, as you are less likely to throw off the search with typographical errors or extraneous words. Please remember that the wine database is populated and shared by ALL users of the site. That means that we try to settle on consistent ways of representing specific wines across all vintages, even though there are often dozens of varying conventions used inconsistently throughout the industry. While we are always open to corrections, it is not always possible to represent a given wine label the way a specific individual might wish to.
Major User Interface Elements
While primarily geared to people upgrading from the old CellarTracker site, this article has a very nice rundown of the major user interface elements to be productive in this site.
Information to Track
The site provides an ample mix of various public and private ways to track aspects of your tasting and collecting.
Bottles (in-stock, pending and consumed)
- Size and quantity
- Purchase history (store, purchase data, delivery date, delivery status, purchase note)
- Per bottle location, bin and private bottle note
- Consumption history (date, type, private note, and optional revenue gathered)
- Each bottle gets its own unique ID which can optionally be printed onto a custom barcode. (read more)
- Personal, community and professional (either pre-integrated or manually entered)
- A variety of “drinkability” algorithms to help pace your consumption. (read more)
Tasting Notes, Scores and Votes
- Date, score, tasting note. You can track a note each time you taste a wine. (read more)
- Or use Like/Dislike to just record a simple vote and easily track the list of wines you have voted upon.
- Pre-integrated or manually entered. (read more)
- Up to 6KB of per-wine private notes. (read more)
- Build and manage a wishlist or as many custom tagged lists as you wish to
Food Pairing Tags
- Track as many per-wine food pairings as you wish
- Granular privacy controls. (read more)
- Per-user profile pages.
- Integration with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and hundreds of other social tools. (read more)
- Publish tasting notes to popular wine bulletin boards.
- Build a list of people whose tasting notes you are a fan of. Prioritize those notes and filter by them.
- Build a list of friends and use that to optionally control who can see your cellar data.