Recently, my friend Betty Fraser kidnapped me for a surprise visit to LA's new hot trend: wine tasting. She took me to Silverlake Wine for one of their weekly "blatant, low-key, relaxed" tastings and you'd think I never get out of the house. I had such a great time.
My wine tasting experience goes back to when I was a kid, and my parents enjoyed "wine night" during "camping club" holiday vacations. All the adults would gather in their bell bottoms and feathered hair, drink a 1975 Gallo Wine and enjoy crackers and gross orange cheese balls rolled in nuts.
Well, I guess the apple doesn't fall from the tree. At our wine tasting, all the adults gathered in their bell bottoms and feathered hair, drank a 2004 Panizzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano from Tuscany along with some fancies from the Cheese Store of Silver Lake. I guess it's fun all the same and our kids will probably think we're crazy too.
Mark Rifkin of Oasis Professional Organizers in Seattle, turned us onto a great wine tracking system recently and it sounds like we could really dig it.
CellarTracker! is Web-based wine cellar inventory management software and community of wine lovers. Once registered, users can report and search their virtual wine cellar by producer, vintage, varietal and maturity, as well as log personal tasting notes, price, valuation data and more. CellarTracker! is accessible from any Web browser as well as a PDA or cell phone.
Have any readers used this tracking software? Please share your tasting (or testing) notes.