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CellarTracker vs. Snooth

January 30, 2011 Leave a comment

I don’t want to get into this debate at all really, but I’m writing this more to support CellarTracker here.  To me, this really reflects poorly on Snooth.  Whether innocent mistake or not, ethically, this is still unacceptable.  For those unfamiliar, it sounds like Snooth has been “scraping” data from the CellarTracker website.  I’ve been a user of CellarTracker for a couple of years.  I’ve occassionally browsed and contributed to the Snooth site as well, but no more.  I’ve removed my account.

Here is Eric LeVine’s newsletter from CellarTracker on the subject.  And you have to commend him for being awfully forgiving in the circumstances.  Eric provides links in his newsletter to the blogs that originally identified the data scraping.

http://www.cellartracker.com/newsletter/1-31-2011.htm

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CellarTracker Redesigned (Grape Stories)

April 17, 2010 3 comments

Just saw that Cellartracker has a new re-designed site up.  Although the new site is still in beta, it is much more user friendly and intuitive than the old version.  The new version looks like it’s going to go by the name Grape Stories.  Click HERE to check out the new site.  Very cool looking.

I’ve been a big fan of Cellartracker for over a year now.  Eric LeVine, the founder, provides an incredibly useful database tool for writing reviews, reading reviews, and keeping an inventory of your wine.  Their product beats any software alternative, at least as far as I’m concerned.  And it operates on a donation basis (while you can use it for free, donations are recommended).

If you haven’t already, head on over an check it out.

Wine App for BlackBerry

October 6, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve been searching for a wine review / cellar management application for my BlackBerry for quite some time.  With the release of the iPhone, it’s become even more frustrating with the flood of applications of this sort that were developed for the iPhone.  For some reason, however, the BlackBerry was entirely overlooked by developers.  Enter BlackBerry App World.  So now that BB owners finally have a centralized distribution channel to search for BB apps, we are still waiting for certain apps to materialize.

Well, over the last year, I have been contacting a few of these iPhone wine app developers and a few online cellar management companies to see if anyone has plans to develop a BlackBerry version of their app.  And as of today, I finally have some good news to report.

I received an email from an anonymous source today to let me know that Cor.kz has been working on a BlackBerry app that will provide wine reviews and cellar management using data from CellarTracker!.  Currently, they have an iPhone version of the app that has received great reviews and is rated as one of the top 5 wine apps for the iPhone.  I emailed the developers at Cor.kz and received confirmation from them that this is no rumour.

Cor.kz Wine App

The best part of this story is that CellarTracker.com is a great online cellar management tool that is used by 84,000 users already and has reviews/information on over 14 million different bottles of wine already.  It’s a great database to manage your cellar and read reviews.  And it happens to be the tool that I currently use to manage my own cellar.  So it’s great that this is the data the Cor.kz BlackBerry app will be using.

I’ll post an update once I hear anymore information.  But it’s great to be able to say that someone is working on it.  We’re almost there.

Update, December 6: I received an update from Cor.kz saying that they are still working on the app and will let me know as soon as they have a better idea on their timeline.