(NM) Maybe you are not familiar with the name Eric LeVine, but you are very familiar with the web page he is hosting : www.cellartracker.com – if not the most important free „wine tracking online cellar managing world dominating“ database in the web. Taken from the web site:
„Since its launch in 2004, registration has grown to 111,000 members. On a typical day, you are tracking (adding or removing) more than 19,000 bottles for a total of 19.2 million bottles. The database includes more than 864,000 wines from 64,000 producers, easily one of the largest in the world. The CellarTracker community has also emerged as an abundant source of wine reviews with more than 1,500 wines reviewed in a typical day for a total of 1,470,000 wine reviews, all written by you, real wine enthusiasts. Peer or ‘amateur’ reviews are not a replacement for those written by professional critics, but you are generating as many reviews in six days as Robert Parker publishes in an entire year. You have created the largest collection of wine reviews in the world, all freely available for the wine-loving community to enjoy. The site is has also become one of the most heavily visited wine websites with 25 million page views per month from hundreds of thousands of unique visitors. The bottom line is that with each new user, CellarTracker gets more useful for everyone. All of this is a testament to the passion that wine inspires and the power of community, core principles of CellarTracker from its inception.“
Impressive stats! Eric is also working on CellarTracker Beta, a new designed frontend of the CellarTracker database, truly wine 2.0. A very interesting (and long) biography about the founder of CellarTracker can be found here. As a real wine and web 2.0 person, we are very proud to have his 2 cent on our 13 questions around and about wine:
1.) Drink more Champagne.
2.) Armageddon Scenario: My last bottle of wine would be 1982 Pichon Lalande, with my wife.
3.) My first WoW-wine was an unknown glass of Sauternes at my 13th birthday.
4.) I had the most evil hangover after drinking Tequila.
5.) The most stupid prejudice of wine is exact food matching.
6.) Without any wine I would now be 20 pounds lighter!
7.) Winegimmick: I could not live without Châteauneuf-du-Pape anymore.
8.) Wine and long, uphill mountain bike rides are a no-go.
9.) Mum and dad would not be very happy if I would be giving up computers nowadays.
10.) I would love to drink one glass of wine too much with anyone who loves great wine!
11.) German trocken Riesling should get much more attention.
12.) „Parkerized“ Australian wine is totally overrated.
13.) A wine blog in general is only as good as the person who writes it.
Thanks a lot for your honest answers Eric. It’s quite interesting to read „Tequila“ that often as the hangover reason number one. We also agree on your take about German Trocken Riesling! Too many people just don’t get it as maybe the most fascinating way to make Riesling. „Parkerization“ in general is a major topic. Maybe Antonio Galloni will step up? Bob is not made for eternity. The idea to make children interested in wine with a Sauternes isn’t that bad either. As a German, I will try it with a Riesling BA or TBA 😉
For all you wine interested people out there: check out CellarTracker – highly recommended by Drunkenmonday!
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