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#1 Post by B. Buzzini » June 27th, 2017, 5:13 pm

Came across my old 3x5 index card tasting note box! When I first started out into wine(early 90's) I use to do my tasting notes on these cards! [wow.gif] Couple things...never had a Burgundy, but it was a descriptor for me! Yes I read Spectator. How did I write so tiny? And...yes...my scores were too high!
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#2 Post by PaulMills » June 27th, 2017, 5:22 pm

I only really started in wine around 2009 and kept everything in Excel. It was not updated frequently enough so when I started CT, I started from scratch rather than trying to import.

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#3 Post by Todd F r e n c h » June 27th, 2017, 5:31 pm

WOW that's a pain in the ass! That's true commitment to the art - bravo!
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#4 Post by Joe B » June 27th, 2017, 5:31 pm

That is crazy.
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#5 Post by Matthew King » June 27th, 2017, 5:54 pm

Love this! Old school rotary-dial shite!

Where's the graph paper with data points plotted? ;)
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#6 Post by c fu » June 27th, 2017, 6:05 pm

70 pts!? THat's dumpster fire score for buzz!!!
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#7 Post by Markus S » June 27th, 2017, 6:16 pm

Mighty cool. Thanks for posting!
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#8 Post by A1ex H » June 27th, 2017, 11:30 pm

That's great to see - real dedication to the hobby!
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#9 Post by PCLIN » June 28th, 2017, 2:11 am

We need a 'like' button for post like this.

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#10 Post by CJ Beazley » June 28th, 2017, 5:39 am

Wonderful post Buzz. I'd definitely "like" this (and that would be the first time I have ever "liked" anything".
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#11 Post by Al Osterheld » June 28th, 2017, 6:53 am

I also kept tasting notes on three by five index cards when I started (about 10 years before I had a home computer). I stopped after filling half a box because it didn't seem that it was going to scale very well.

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#12 Post by Ken V » June 28th, 2017, 8:26 am

I have an entire 3' shelf with notebooks of labels and TNs from the 1980s and 90s. I showed a Burgundy geek friend my Burgundy notebook. At the end, he said, "If you still had these bottles today, you'd be rich." Lot's of 69 DRC (at a local restaurant for ~$60), lots of 1978's. The whole idea didn't work too well because it was a lot of work to take off many of the labels, so I would get behind. I still have a sizeable box of labels from the last time I did a major soaking (c. 1999). Then I got a digital camera and stopped soaking.

I got my first PC in 1984 and started using Lotus 1-2-3 to keep track of my cellar. For you youngin's, Lotus 1-2-3 was the first major spreadsheet program for PC's. I eventually converted them to Excel. I think I still have them on my computer.
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#13 Post by Al Osterheld » June 28th, 2017, 8:54 am

I also started soaking off labels and abandoned that project about as quickly as the 3x5 note cards. That was definitely a pain.

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#14 Post by Ian Sutton » June 28th, 2017, 10:31 am

I must admit that such 'tactile' systems still have some appeal, and interesting that your system matches CT in holding TNs, scores (both personal and professional) and price paid. It doesn't seem to cover inventory though? I would have been tempted to do that with a # of bottles marked that I see go down as the TNs get added.

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#15 Post by debbie holm » June 28th, 2017, 10:45 am

I love this - thanks for sharing!

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#16 Post by Bryan Carr » June 28th, 2017, 10:56 am

I'm sure you all saw Francois Audoze's empty bottle warehouse photo, right?
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#17 Post by B. Buzzini » June 28th, 2017, 11:23 am

It's interesting that all those notes I took back then are on only reds! Not one note on a white wine in that box? And now, I drink and take more notes on whites than I do reds! [wow.gif]
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#18 Post by Scott Brunson » June 28th, 2017, 1:31 pm

Thread of the year [cheers.gif]

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#19 Post by AndrewH » June 28th, 2017, 1:41 pm

Ken V wrote: I got my first PC in 1984 and started using Lotus 1-2-3 to keep track of my cellar. For you youngin's, Lotus 1-2-3 was the first major spreadsheet program for PC's. I eventually converted them to Excel. I think I still have them on my computer.
The first, and also the standard for some time.

I started with a notebook and just tasting notes, then Excel, which was more inventory, then CT. I think the ease of CT is to blame for my massive subsequent expansion of purchases. That, or the bigger cellar I built.
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#20 Post by Eric Keating » June 28th, 2017, 1:54 pm

I better check Commerce Corner to see if I can find any of that delicious-sounding '91 Mayacamas Cab.

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#21 Post by Jay Miller » June 28th, 2017, 2:00 pm

AndrewH wrote:
Ken V wrote: I got my first PC in 1984 and started using Lotus 1-2-3 to keep track of my cellar. For you youngin's, Lotus 1-2-3 was the first major spreadsheet program for PC's. I eventually converted them to Excel. I think I still have them on my computer.
The first, and also the standard for some time.
At a previous job I was known as the Lotus 1-2-3 expert. Wrote a lot of macros back in the day. At this point I think the only command I remember is /fr

It might still be the market leader if they had taken the Mac seriously and released a full version there. Instead Lotus released Jazz (because Mac users don't really use spreadsheets) and Microsoft took over the space with the more full featured Excel which was then ported to the PC.
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#22 Post by Robert B. » June 28th, 2017, 4:55 pm

Nice

I can certainly see a lot of work went into that approach.
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#23 Post by Colin Haggerty » July 1st, 2017, 9:37 am

I went from file cards in the '80s to Filemaker Pro in the '90s, then to the "Robert Parker Wine Advisor and Cellar Manager" in the early 2000 time frame. Migrating to CellarTracker in February of 2008 was a game-changer for me.

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#24 Post by David Glasser » July 1st, 2017, 10:17 am

I started keeping TNs on a program called Vino:File back in the mid- or late-80s. Fit my needs perfectly until CellarTracker came along.

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#25 Post by dsGriswold » July 2nd, 2017, 9:48 am

As I was transitioning from looking into boxes and at sales slips, thinking it was time to do an Excel spread sheet, I discovered CT and found out I needed to buy more wines. [wow.gif]
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#26 Post by Karl K » July 3rd, 2017, 9:34 pm

I love it!

I used notebooks.
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#27 Post by Mike Grammer » July 4th, 2017, 7:54 am

Bunch of seasonal Word documents for me until I jumped onto eBob and then here. I still keep Word docs of my WOTY lists.
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#28 Post by Chris Blum » July 4th, 2017, 7:59 am

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