CellarTracker is a website that stores information about wines and wine collections. Created in 2003 by Eric LeVine, a former Microsoft program manager, CellarTracker has grown to be one of the world's most comprehensive wine databases. CellarTracker is free to use and relies heavily on its users for data input, constantly increasing the number of tracked bottles as well as user tasting notes.
CellarTracker also has a donation option which gives access to a series of services through CellarTracker's cooperation with other online resources, such as Stephen Tanzer, Wine Market Journal and Jancis Robinson.
CellarTracker was created in 2003 after creator Eric LeVine, then a programmer at Microsoft, had made the program for himself, tracking his wine. Some friends suggested he launch the concept online which he did in 2004. The CellarTracker concept proved popular and over the years it out-paced other similar resources, such as Cork'd, while increasing cooperating with other wine-related services. An early contributor was US wine critic Stephen Tanzer who offered his scores to donating members of CellarTracker. Other collaborations followed, the most notable being with Jancis Robinson.
In early 2010, Eric LeVine launched a sister site for CellarTracker, called GrapeStories. GrapeStories rely on the same database as CellarTracker, but is intended to be a more user-friendly approach to tracking wine, sharing wine experiences as well as providing a better interface. LeVine was dissatisfied by the static interface in CellarTracker, and aimed at creating a more dynamic and engaging interface with GrapeStories. In December 2010 however, he announced his decision to abandon the GrapesStories rename, and keep the Cellartracker name on the new site. As of January 2011, the new CellarTracker is still in a beta state.
CellarTracker works by keeping track or "tracking" the users wine. The user is supposed to search for the wines in his cellar on CellarTracker's database and then enter amount of bottles and price (optional). If the wine doesn't already exist in the database, the user can create it himself, thus adding to the completeness of the CellarTracker database. When drinking a wine, the user marks the bottle as drunk and enters a tasting note (optional). The idea is that by having a large number of users generate tasting notes for other users to read, this helps guide the user in choosing the right wine to drink, buy etc. Thus, CellarTracker relies heavily on the users' input and willingness to add to the database.
CellarTracker offers a multitude of services provided through cooperation with third parties. These include
- Wine Market Journal - a wine auction trade list providing the latest auction results
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - wine reviews
- Jancis Robinson - wine reviews
- Allan Meadows' Burghound.com - wine reviews
- View from the Cellar - wine reviews
- For The Love Of Port - wine reviews
- Champagne Warrior - wine reviews
- The World of Fine Wine - wine reviews
- Vintage Tastings - wine reviews
- Gary Vaynerchuk's Wine Library TV - wine reviews
- Burgundy Report - wine reviews
- Rockss and Fruit - wine reviews
- Sommelier Journal - wine reviews
- New York Cork Report - wine reviews
- Cellar Sensor - temperature and humidity monitoring system.
- Wine-Searcher - wine pricing
On January 4, 2010, Eric LeVine, founder of CellarTracker.com, was named the "Wine Person of the Decade" by user voting on popular wine blog, Dr. Vino.com. Other nominees included Gary Vaynerchuk and, humorously, Paul Giamatti, for his acting credit on the film Sideways.
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