Editors' reviewThough utilitarian in design, Cellar The Ultimate Wine Companion catalogs exhaustive wine collection details. A busy interface offers numerous options to manage wines and more, though the Help file lessens the learning curve of getting started. The multitabbed window to add a new wine may be daunting initially, but some fields are prefilled and you can opt not to add images, costs, or tasting notes. Wine lists are organized by country, region, and appellation, and the winery, label, vintage and other details are shown for each entry. Practical tools like Geography Data, which shows regions and appellations for a country, and an encyclopedia of wine terms that goes the extra step by including audio files of the correct pronunciation for many entries will help broaden your knowledge base. The 25-wine limitation is reasonable enough to "experience" the program, though the hefty 31MB download is a potential turnoff. You'll have to be database-savvy to use this wine-management program, but it does offer some fairly nice features.
Wine enthusiasts use Cellar to record their wine experiences and manage their wine cellars. Cellar provides an easy interface to track wines you own or have tasted. It stores winery information, tasting notes, transactions, market values, bottle locations, label pictures, drinkability indicators. All of the information is searchable, making finding the right wine a snap
Key features include: free online access to a vast database of information: over 20,500 wineries; over 47,000 tasting notes; over 200,000 wine auction records; loads of wine-related Web site references; world-wide currency exchange rates; Wine encyclopedia with audio pronounciations; reporting; barcode printing and scanning; searching, sorting, filtering, and grouping; customizable user-defined fields; export to Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds, HTML and Microsoft Access.