99 Bottles of Wine on the Wall … Popular Wine Cellar Management Software Offers More Cures for the Curator

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A new version of the popular Personal Wine Curator wine cellar management software will be released in October, offering users the ability to not only catalog and track their wines on their computers, but also interact with one another in an online community and view their own data from any internet browser.

Oh, I mostly just drink it!

At a recent Los Angeles wine festival, some 2,000 people showed up over the course of a weekend to taste and mingle in the hot California sun. An informal survey of many of these revelers queried if any of them collect the stuff, to which the most common response was something similar to "Oh, I mostly just drink it!" Yet, when asked how many bottles of wine they thought they had at home, overwhelmingly these same people admitted that they really didn't know.

More Than a Few Bottles
Even if you're not one of the roughly quarter of a million U.S. wine collectors with over 500 bottles in your cellar, chances are, if you enjoy drinking it, you also have more than a few bottles stashed somewhere. Chances are also pretty good that you're starting to lose sight of what's in your collection. Enter The Personal Wine Curator™, the popular wine cellar management software for PC and Mac that keeps track of wine collections of any size, big or small. Available October 6, 2008 (just in time for the holidays) in its most robust version yet, The Personal Wine Curator™ v3.0 is an affordable and easy to use database that installs on your computer and links to an online community. With some very cool functions for no-hassle record keeping, it's a great way for wine lovers to have fun with their collections, and ultimately enjoy their wines at their best by drinking them before they fade.

Admirably Simple and Clear
Buying, drinking and collecting wine has steadily increased in popularity in the United States. A recent Gallup Poll of Americans who drink alcohol shows that about a third of them prefer drinking wine. As with most things that pile up in our daily lives, many wine drinkers have put together collections with little forethought to inventory upkeep. The Personal Wine Curator™ is a big help by being "admirably simple and clear...mercifully easy and stress free to use" (Decanter Magazine) and has many unique features that oenophiles have come to rely upon, including an aging-potential calculator that fills in a wine's "Drink by" dates, a warning system that lets you know when your wine is getting old, and specific food/wine pairing suggestions (over 7,500 in all). And with the release of version 3.0, users also have the unique option to not only keep their records on their computer, but also to join the online Personal Wine Curator™ Community and share wine data and tasting notes with each other. Additionally, "PWC" version 3.0 lets you scan and create bar codes and labels and subscribe to Personal Wine Curator™ Mobile, for online data back up and use with hand-held devices.

Interact and Have Fun
Collecting anything has its unique set of rewards and challenges. With a little care and attention, the rewards of collecting wine can be tremendous. The Personal Wine Curator™ gives anyone -- serious collectors or casual enthusiasts -- not only a way to track their acquisitions, but a way to interact with their collection and have fun with it before they ever open a bottle. It also gives anyone looking for just the right holiday gift a great way to acknowledge their wine-loving loved one. The Personal Wine Curator™ is available for $49.95 and can be purchased as a CD, a download, or even an electronic gift certificate. The product is sold online at The Personal Wine Curator, through The Wine Enthusiast, and at select shops throughout the U.S.

Used on Every Continent*
The Personal Wine Curator™ was first released in the fall of 2004 and is currently used by thousands of wine collectors and aficionados on every continent (*except Antarctica -- those poor penguins just can't get organized). It was created and developed by John Allee and Joshua Beckett. Mr. Allee, a restaurant veteran, served as wine director for Los Angeles icon Angeli Caffé, and holds a certificate in Vintage from UCLA's Department of Business and Management. Mr. Beckett is a database designer and long-time wine enthusiast. Mr. Beckett and Mr. Allee started their wine software and personal cellar consultation business, The Wine Curators, in 2004.

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