Last month I wrote about my husband’s efforts to brew his own beer at home using a Mac app called BeerAlchemy.
Because beer is an acquired taste that I have yet to acquire, I thought I’d even the score by using my Mac to manage our fledgling wine collection. Here’s the problem with managing your own home wine cellar. It increases the number of bottles of wine in the cellar faster than you can drink said wine.
Regardless, wine or beer, specialty Mac apps rock (that is, if you don’t mind turning over the boring chores to an app).
I’m testing Vinoteka to manage our growing wine collection. If there’s one thing you’ll get out of using an app like this it’s a better knowledge of wine.
Vinoteka looks like what would happen if a wine store married iPhoto. The app is instantly familiar (Library of wine in the left Sidebar, just like in iPhoto or iTunes) and almost– but not quite– self explanatory.
The app lets you group wines, label wine bottles, assign your own notes and ratings to specific bottles of wine, add keywords to each label (for easier search).
Even better, Vinoteka becomes a database of not only your collection, but wine from anywhere else in the world. You can even print out details from the database, or email them to a friend or family member.
Vinoteka comes in eight languages (all regions with plenty of wine drinkers), but is missing one feature I would love to have.
How do you pronounce some of those wine names?
Since the Mac does audio quite well, Vinoteka could add audio pronunciation for each bottle. That would be a big plus and help me look and sound more sophisticated to a certain snooty family down the street.
Vinoteka is available on the Mac App Store, but there’s also a trial download from the Vinoteka site. Even better, there’s an iPad and iPhone version called Vinoteka Touch which syncs up with the data on the Mac app.