The Digital Wine Cellar
Cellar Tracker is the most popular, and probably the very best, on-line cellar tracker and community wine review site out there. It’s popularity owed to the fact that it’s simply a great system to track what you’ve got and what you’ve drunk as well as what others in the system have had to say about a particular bottle of wine.
It’s no coincidence that other similar systems, seeing the success of Cellar Tracker, would pop up. One such newbie in this category is Logabottle.com.
Not nearly as robust as Cellar Tracker, Logabottle is a system meant to allow drinkers to share their notes on wines. Any system like this only works well when there are lots of people participating and the folks at Logabottle are hoping to increase that number.
TECHNOLOGY…WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?
I look at the likes of CellarTracker and Logabottle and am taken a back at the way technology has changed the interactive and social element that wine geekdom has always inspired. Less than a decade ago there were very few ways to interact with others who shared your interest in wine and who may have shared an interest in the same bottle of wine you had in your cellar or were contemplating purchasing. Today, if you want a plethora of opinions on a potential purchase of cork popping you can probably get it in moments by using systems like Cellar Tracker, logabottle and the various wine forums around the web.
Writing this I wonder the one on one aspect of wine appreciation is degraded by the ability to interact electronically, rather than face to face. I don’t see evidence of this. In fact, though I don’t have confirmation of this, I’d bet the ability to find others through the Internet who are of the same wine mind as you has probably led to even MORE face to face meetings among wine lovers.