Cornell Releases New Wine Research: A Cellar Management Tool
Spreadsheet-based Tool Uses Wine Information to Highlight Best Time for Consumption
Although Thompson's Wine Cellar Management Tool is based on a spreadsheet, the user never sees the actual spreadsheet calculations and doesn't need to enter wine information directly in the spreadsheet. All of the data entry and analyses are done via pop-up forms, which are accessible from a "switchboard" within the spreadsheet. Data might include ratings for a particular vintage, prices paid for each bottle, and the number of bottles of a particular variety. Users can obtain estimates of a wine's "drinking window" from professional rating services or they can develop their own estimates. Because the data reside in a spreadsheet on the user's computer, the tool presents no data security issues.Once the data are entered, the tool provides numerous analyses and wine information relating to the inventory. Thompson points out that most of the analyses are interesting, but the most useful information helps guide the user to make sure the wine is consumed within its "drinking window" which is the period when the wine should be at its best for consumption. In addition to explaining how to use the tool, the report outlines the many analyses that it provides.
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