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eSommelier Presents The First Residential, Integrated Wine Management Server Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 December 2004
eSommelier has introduced the eSommelier Wine Management Server, a hardware and software system, which allows collectors to access their entire wine library via a touch screen interface. In the past, wine management typically consisted of either handwritten journals or spreadsheet programs that required the user to manually enter all of the information about each bottle of wine. This was not a problem for a small collection, but for collections that exceeded 1000 bottles, the time spent typing in the information was significant. As a more efficient way to catalog larger wine collections, the touch screen interface eSommelier system has an internal hard drive that stores eSommelier’s database of 150,000+ wines from across the globe. When cataloging a bottle of wine, the user selects the Country, Region, Variety, Winery and Vintage of the wine from a prompted list. It typically takes 2 minutes to catalog a bottle of wine with eSommelier versus an average of 10 minutes per bottle with a spreadsheet program.

Once the bottle of wine has been identified by the eSommelier system, the user is provided with that wine’s Wine Spectator rating and tasting notes (if that wine has been reviewed by Wine Spectator’s editors). The user can also enter in their own rating and tasting notes – a helpful tool for oenophiles that like to track the progression of each wine in their collection as it ages.

The eSommelier system gives collectors a new level of control over managing and searching their wine cellar. Via its integrated Ethernet port, the eSommelier system can be accessed from any networked device in the home, as well as from anywhere around the world. This is particularly useful for collectors that have either a second home or store their wine collection off site. Searching for a particular bottle for dinner is also simple. Users can search by any parameter, whether it be Country or Varietal, to find a specific wine to pair with their meal. The eSommelier system can also recall the exact location of a bottle in a wine cellar – to eliminate the trouble of searching in the wine cellar to find a specific bottle for dinner.

A rack mountable eSommelier server is also available for those that wish to use existing touch screens, and is compatible with both AMX and Crestron home automation systems. An optional bar code scanner is available to catalog wines that provide a unique bar code. Once the bar code is scanned and that wine’s information entered into the system, subsequent bottles of the same wine can simply be scanned to be added or removed from the system.

MSRP of the eSommelier standard touch screen server is $5,000. The integrator’s model – compatible with both AMX and Crestron home automation systems - is $8,000. MSRP of the rack mount server is $6,000. MSRP of the bar code scanner is $1,000. All are shipping now.

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