Collecting wine isn’t as much fun as drinking wine, though shopping for wine increases anticipation of drinking, which helps set the stage for a glorious end to a long, hard day wrestling with kindergarten age children who have yet to learn that going to bed at 6:30 is in mommy’s best interest. But I digress. My new found hobby is wine management using my Mac.
My Digital Wine Cellar
We have a wine cellar in our cellar. It’s such an extensive collection of wine that some of the bottles have labels. And corks. I said it was extensive.
One day it took me an hour to find a bottle of wine that I thought would be perfect to take the edge off the day.
It did, but the effort got me to thinking that there must be a better way to manage a wine collection than hiding bottles in the basement.
Enter Vinoteka, the Mac wine cellar management app.
Just look at this wonderful screen shot of Vinoteka. Doesn’t it just make you want to collect wine? Or, drink your collection?
What Vinoteka does is massage your collection gene. Think of it as gene therapy with tasty alcohol. In short, your Mac manages your wine collection whether it’s a whole cellar of wine, a wine rack, or wine in the fridge.
Vinoteka looks much like an iPhoto version with photos of wine bottles. There’s a Library, Groups of wine, Storage locations and inventory, and numerous ways to organize your wines.
There’s even an All Bottles view which displays a graphic of Bottle Value, Status, as well as Purchase and Consumption units (you know, because we all want track what we drink, right?).
The latest version has a Wall Builder, tasting notes, as well as an option for food and wine pairings.
It features a large database of types of wines, shapes of bottles, countries, appellations, varietals, and over 100 wine racks and shelves configurations (but not one of copier paper boxes filled with wine).
Vinoteka is actually fun to use. Think iPhoto or iTunes but instead of photos or music, it’s bottles of wine.
There’s also Vinoteka Touch for the iPhone and iPad so you can take your collection to wine tastings, wine stores, or out to dine.
Unfortunately, the Mac version doesn’t sync between Macs, and the sync between iPhone and Mac is WiFi only, not iCloud or Dropbox. Vinoteka isn’t as much fun as drinking wine, or even shopping for wine, but it makes wine bottle management a pleasure.