CellarTracker is the grand-daddy of them all. It easily exports your cellar into an incredibly detailed Excel spreadsheet. The question is, can any of the digital wine cellars import that spreadsheet into their database? Well, not so far. However, WineLog.net asked me to forward them the spreadsheet and they would see what they could do. It’s the best response I’ve had yet.
WineLog has a Web 2.0-ish interface. It’s clean and easy to use. It is missing the ability to generate reports and any sort of plausible help file or forum. They do have a responsive blog and the ability to generate RSS feeds, tags, and tag clouds. They are also doing pretty well at generating a community.
In fact, WineLog did some magic marketing and were featured on the
front page of Digg, as well as several techie sites. I think they got
deluged. The advantage of the deluge? Their database is growing, which
means less painstaking entry for the rest of us.
As I mentioned
when I talked about Corkd.com, I think the use of tags is a really
great idea. I also like the idea of an RSS feed to follow other
people’s comments on a wine of interest. You can SMS your phone with
Wine information, but I haven’t figured out the uses for this yet. I’m
also not sure if there is a WAP site available, making WineLog useful
when I’m wandering aimlessly in a wine store because I can’t remember
the vintage I need.
They are definitely lacking in documentation. (Hire
me!) Maybe I need to start soliciting these little wine tech companies
and seeing if they are willing to pay for a tech writer. Many of them
really seem to need one.
I think WineLog is the best of the bunch so
far. These things seem to pop up weekly, though, so who knows how long
that will last. I am looking forward to seeing what they do with my
CellarTracker-generated spreadsheet of a couple hundred bottles and
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