temperature are important when it comes to
wine storage, she offers a different perspective on
temperature and humidity controls.
“Wine isn’t the delicate fairy people make
it out to be,” says Filer, noting that the monks
of the fifth century didn’t take these precautions
into consideration when storing wine. “It goes
product, there really hasn’t been wine management systems in the home,” says Joe Hageman, a
partner at eSommelier.
The easy-to-use computer database is accessed by a touch-screen LCD panel. The deluxe version comes with a bar code scanner and
label maker (labels can be removed and leave
Oenophiles can log in their own wine notes and pairings for specific vintages. The software has about a
150,000 wines already in its database.
to individual preferences and tastes,” she says.
Some of her clients enjoy a wine more if it is
overaged or if the humidity disturbs the cork.
Filer herself had a bottle of wine for 15 years that
leaked due to humidity. When she finally drank
it, she realized it had a great flavor.
Those who do opt for high-tech storage
might consider a correspondingly high-tech
cataloging system, such as that introduced by
New Jersey-based eSommelier. “Up until this
no residue on the bottle), so inventory can be
marked and scanned in and out of the cellar.
The program also keeps track of favorite stocks
that are running low and peak consumption for
Oenophiles can log in their own wine notes
and pairings for specific vintages. The software
has about a 150,000 wines already in its database, but it’s easy to add more obscure bottles.
For busy wine collectors, eSommelier offers
a concierge service that organizes, scans, and labels a collection. “Say a client has 5,000 bottles;
we send out a team of about two and catalog everything,” says Hageman. “We upload the system
and then organize the racks how they want, [for
example] by California wines, reds, or whites.”
Depending on the size of the collection, the process takes about five days.
“We have a large dealer network, but we
mostly deal with home integrators that do lighting and sound installation,” says Hageman. This
makes it easier to link eSommelier’s deluxe version with platforms such as AMX and Crestron,
so that the wine information and cellar controls
are accessible on touch-screen automation panels throughout the house. Homeowners also can
view collection and cellar reports from anywhere
in the world through eSommelier’s Web portal.
Perhaps even more important, according
to wine consultant Filer, a management system
is helpful when a collection exceeds a certain
number of bottles — because
searching for a favorite vintage
shouldn’t detract from enjoying a
fine glass of red.