Features of Wine Corner
Wine Corner helps you keep track of the wines you've tasted, the wines you'd like to taste, the wines you've purchased and the wines in your possession.
Wine Corner runs on iPhone (iOS 15+), iPad (iPadOS 15+) and Macintosh (macOS 12+).
Moreover, if you install it on multiple devices, it will synchronize its data between them. That is, each device will display the same information; you can enter data on any device and it will show up on all of them. Wine Corner does this by storing its data locally on each device and using your iCloud account as a backup to all your devices.
This is safe — your iCloud account protects your data from being accessed by anyone else.
Data Entry and Editing
Obviously, there is a lot of information to be saved for each wine, such as its name, where it came from, what variety it is, where you got it (or tasted it), what has happened to that bottle (open? finished? in your cellar?), etc. That information is needed to manage the wine properly.
But, nobody likes to spend a lot of time typing all that in to the program. So, Wine Corner tries to minimize how much you need to type as much as possible. It does so by maintaining lists of terms (such as wine producer names, wine varieties, etc.). You only need to type in a term once; after that, it is saved in the list and can be used the next time by selecting it from a menu of terms.
You can manage these lists (adding terms, correcting spelling errors, etc.) yourself (see the Support Tab). In addition, the program comes with some preloaded terms. For example, more that 100 of the most common varieties of wine are pre-loaded for your convenience, as are more that 100 wine-making countries, regions, and appellations.
Click here for an example of how term editing works.
Ratings, Notes, Photos and Pairings
In addition to basic information about a wine (such as where it comes from and which grapes is it made from), Wine Corner stores a variety of other (optional) information that makes your diary more useful.
These topics are discussed in more detail on the Wines Tab page, which discusses Wine Corner's wine diary.
Ratings are generally about how good a wine it, how well you like it, etc. Since, for a particular wine, ratings tend to differ more vintage to vintage than bottle to bottle, we associate ratings with specific vintages (and display multi-vintage average for the wine itself).
- Score: A vintage's score is a value assigned it by a professional wine critic. Scores tend to have a 100-point scale. If you enter a score, you can also specify who gave it that value.
- Rating: A vintage's rating is the value that you place on the wine. It has a 5-point scale.
- Buy Again: A vintage's buy-again value indicates how likely you are to want to re-purchase that vintage. It has a 5-point scale.
An important part of any wine diary are its notes. Notes document your observations about a wine. In Wine Corner, they come in two flavors:
- A Text Note is a free-form note that can be about anything. You might want to mention something about the buying experience, or perhaps the social event where you experienced it.
- A Tasting Note is a structured note used to record your observations of the wine itself; it's color, aroma, texture, taste, finish, etc. This type of note is organized in sections to guide you to make consistent and comprehensive observations of the wine.
Many people take pictures of their food. This goes for wine bottles, too. Besides pictures of the front and back labels on the bottle, you might want to capture images of the social setting where you tasted the wine, etc. So you wouldn't want to be limited to only one picture per bottle.
Wine Corner lets you take as many photos of a wine as you wish. You can tag each photo with a label, which Wine Corner will use to distinquish one photo from another (for example, when determining which photo to display in the wine list). You can take the photo directly from Wine Corner or import a photo from your Photo Library.
Wine Corner supports limited picture editing, including rotating, cropping and straightening images.
We all know about the conventional ideas about pairing wine and food: big bold reds with steaks, Pinot Noir or Chardonnay with chicken, Zinfandel with pizza, etc.
What Wine Corner does is give you a place to list what you like to pair with a particular wine, not what conventional wisdom says.
And having done so, you can use the cellar manager to find wines in your cellar based on your personal wine pairing preferences.
Scattered throughout Wine Corner there are more than a dozen reports you can request which present information in a variety of ways. You can summarize what's in your cellar, show your history with a particular wine, determine how much you've spent at a particular wine store this year, etc.
All reports work in pretty much the same way:
- You choose a report by tapping a button (and possibly selecting from a drop-down list).
- If the report has selection options (so you can select just what part of the total information you want to see), a selection dialog will be shown.
- The data is gathered, formatted and displayed on-screen.
- You can print the report if you wish (or in some cases perform other actions, like sending the information to a friend).
In Wine Corner, it is possible (but optional) to include prices you paid for wines. Wine Corner includes financial reports, but using them is purely up to you. (The program works just fine if you leave all prices blank.)
Multiple Wine Racks
If you're interested in Wine Corner, you probably have a wine rack. You might have several. For example, it is not uncommon to have a small "party" rack in the dining room as well as a "main" rack elsewhere.
Wine Corner supports this. You can have as many wine racks as you want. Each can be a different size from the others. In other words, each rack has its own geometry
A Matter of Terminology: A rack consists of a set of bottle-holding compartments we call bins. In some racks, a bin holds one bottle of wine; in others, a bin may hold multiple bottles.
Racks are identified by name. Bins are identified by rack (a name), the row of the rack (a letter), and the column in the row (a number). For example, the bin in the second row, 6th column of your "Main" rack would be referred to as bin Main.B6.
There is an important caveat — Wine Corner is built around the idea that (if a bin can contain more than one bottle) all bottles in a bin belong to the same vintage of the same wine. That is, bins are homogeneous.
If you have a wine fridge instead of a wine rack, you may have shelves instead of bins. To use Wine Corner effectively, you may need to partition your shelves to create bins that can meet this requirement of homogeneity.