Restaurant Functions

CellarTracker is primarily aimed at consumers. However, there are several dozen restaurants who use the site to manage their wine lists. In addition, we have partnered with who offers an iPad-based restaurant solution that is powered by CellarTracker.

CellarTracker does have some special functionality for restaurants, and by request I can turn that on for specific accounts. Specifically, the site allows you to easily generate public pricing for a wine list by setting multiples based on thresholds (which are determined by the maximum cost you have paid for a wine). The idea is to give the sommelier an easy way to price things without having to manually keep track of this for thousands of different wines. Or if you reorder a wine at a higher price, you would presumably want your list price to reflect that automatically. The system also allows you to tag specific bottles sizes of specific wines with a pricing override. Below are pictures.

The site already allowed consumers to generate restaurant style winelists in a variety of formats. I extended that for restaurants by exposing those ‘public’ prices. Here is the list for the Pluckemin Inn (a restaurant in New Jersey) both formatted traditionally or by varietal. And to make things simpler for their customers, they have a simplified top 100 list as well as a simple by the glass list. The amazing thing here is that this list is utterly up to date. The Sommelier takes the point of sale output each night and scratches it from his inventory. And the moment he does that their website is up to date. He also uses the site to generate his printed wine lists.

The primary barcode system used by consumers is to tag specific bottles with unique ID’s is described here:

However, for restaurant applications I have created a more generic system that would allow you to tag all bottles of the same wine with a more universal barcode as show below (normal and 2x size):

The barcodes can be used at the time the bottle is removed from the cellar to automatically reduce the inventory. Or when doing a physical inventory of the cellar, these barcodes can be scanned into the website to call up a wine so that the number in stock can be verified.

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