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Pocket vino: We review 5 apps for managing your wine cellar

Christopher Null | March 6, 2015
We've come a long way since the era of the cellar book, when wine bottles had to be logged by hand in paperbound tomes and tracked by little tags hanging from their necks. The wine world is actively embracing technology, and home enthusiasts can get in on the action as well, using mobile apps to help keep their stash tabulated and organized.

Vinoteka is designed as both a system for storing tasting notes and managing your cellar. While it relies heavily on a Comic Sans-esque font for the former, this is actually where the app shines. If you're the kind of person that likes to rate your wines with numerical grades, you'll find a whopping seven different grading systems to choose from to help guide your notes.

Vinoteka includes a search system to help automate the addition of new wines. But text-based search is far from perfect, as it is very limited in its breadth as well as its organization. A typical search for, say, "Jordan Cabernet," includes a white wine from Cline on the first page of results — and zero wines either from Jordan or made from Cabernet. Continued scrolling through the results reveals nothing of use, sending you back to try again.

The system also lets you search by barcode, either through scanning the code with your camera or entering the UPC digits in by hand. It's a great idea, but I was unable to find a single bottle of wine that showed up in Vinoteka's database via UPC or barcode lookup.

Cellar building is limited within Vinoteka, primarily because of the restrictions over how tall your racks can be. My personal racks are mostly six columns wide and 18 rows tall, but Vinoteka maxes out at 11 rows. Placing wines in the racks is moderately quicker than with VinoCellar, at least, thanks to a more forgiving interface design. As a final note, Vinoteka will sync data only with a Mac running Vinoteka's software and not with another iOS device. Keep this in mind when choosing a device to initially install Vinoteka on.

The bottom line: Users willing to do a lot of work by hand will find Vinoteka capable enough, but its limitations are quite significant.

 

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