Personal Wine List/Cellar View Help

Wine Spectator's Personal Wine List (PWL) is your online tool for creating shopping lists, organizing your wine purchases and tracking the contents of your wine cellar. Save any wine ever reviewed by Wine Spectator, then add your own personal tasting note and view other readers' tasting notes.

Want to add a wine we haven't rated? You can enter that information yourself. Need more than one list? You can create as many separate, customized lists as you like, such as wines you want to buy, wines to drink soon, wines in storage, etc. Sort your lists as you choose: by score, price, vintage, winery name and more. You can also use the lists to print shelf tags containing Wine Spectator scores and tasting notes for sets of wines.

And our PWL also keeps you up-to-date on the value of individual wines in your cellar and on your cellar's total worth, with integrated auction data and cellar management tools.

You can access your PWL from anywhere you have an Internet connection—just log into your WineSpectator.com account.

Personal Wine List FAQs

How do I add wines to my PWL?
You may add any wine reviewed in our Wine Ratings database to your PWL using a number of methods:

  • Conduct a Wine Ratings Search. On the results page, for each wine you want to add, check the "Select" box that appears with each listing. When you are finished selecting wines, scroll to the bottom of the page. There you will see a menu displaying a list of PWLs to which you can add these wines. You may add a wine to your Default PWL, or to a new list you may name yourself. Simply make your choice, then click/tap "Add to PWL".
  • On any search results page, you can click a wine name to view more details for that particular wine. On that page, below the tasting note, you may choose the Personal Wine List to which you would like to add the wine, then click/tap "Add to PWL."
  • On some other pages throughout the site (such as Top Values and Easy Finds), below each wine listed you will see a "Select" box. Check the box for each wine you would like to add, then scroll to the bottom of the page and choose the list to which you would like to add them.

Once a wine is entered into your PWL, you can add a star rating and/or a personal tasting note that you may choose to share with other members or keep private. You can edit or update that note at any time. You can also fill out cellar data about the purchase price, quantity purchased, quantity remaining, bottle size, storage location and other details.

How do I enter my own tasting note?
For any wine, beneath the text that says "Personal Note", simply click the text that reads "Click to edit". You can type your personal tasting note into the box that appears; select the check mark (√) to confirm and save your entry; or select the "x" to clear and start over. Selecting "Yes" for "Share note with other users" will make your tasting note available to others, via the "Tasting Notes from other members" link below.

How do I add a wine I can't find in your database?
Go to the top of your Personal Wine List page, choose the Managing Your Lists menu and click the "Add an unrated wine" button. You will be asked to fill out the required fields (winery, wine name, vintage and bottle size) and can also enter price, your own score rating and a personal note. Then choose whether you want to add it to your default PWL, add it to another existing list or create a new custom list. Once a wine is entered into one of your lists, you can add cellar data, as well as add or edit a personal tasting note and choose to share it with other members or keep it private.

How do I update my entry for an unrated wine?
Click on the "Edit" link which appears beside the name of your wine. You can change the information in any of the fields, then re-save the wine to the list it is already in, or move it to a new list.

How do I move or copy wines from one list to another?
You can easily move or copy wines from one list to another. Within your PWL, check the "Select This Wine" box that appears below each wine you want to move or copy. Then go to the top of the page, choose Managing Your Lists and use the "Choose Action with Selected Wines" menu to move or copy the wines to a list you have already created—or to a brand-new list with whatever name you choose.

Note: Moving a wine will remove it from its existing list and put it in the destination list. Copying a wine will leave it in its existing list, and also put a copy of it (a duplicate) in the destination list.

When you add an unrated wine, at the time of entry, you can assign it to any existing list or create a new one.

How do I remove a wine from my list?
Within your list, use the "Select This Wine" box that appears below each wine to choose the ones you want to remove. Then go to the top of the page, choose Managing Your Lists and use the "Choose Action with Selected Wines" menu to select "Delete" to remove the selected wines. This will also remove them from the Cellar View that tracks the value of all wines you have chosen to monitor. You will be prompted to make sure you're doing this on purpose! Click OK and the wines will be removed.

Oops! I didn't mean to remove a wine. Can I get it back?
Yes, you can. Under the Managing Your Lists menu, select the "See / Restore Deleted Items" options. You will be taken to a page that displays all items that have been removed from any of your lists. (The page also shows the name of the original list from which each item was removed.) Select the items you wish to return to their original list, and click "Restore" at the bottom of the page.

How do I print shelf talkers for sets of wines?
You can generate PDF shelf talkers or cellar tags for any Wine Spectator—reviewed wine, listing its full name, score and tasting note.

To do this, conduct a search for the wines using either the Wine Rating Search's basic, advanced or browse options, then add them to your Personal Wine List. From there, you can move or add wines to as many customized lists as you want, so you can print tags for only certain subsets of wines if you wish. (You cannot print shelf talkers for unrated wines that you have added to your PWL.)

Once your shelf talker list is created, choose the "Managing Your Lists" menu and then select "Print ShelfTalkers (PDF)" to automatically generate a file that you can open and print. The PDF will be created for up to 240 wines per list; if your list is longer, you should create a new PWL so you can generate a new PDF.

If you want to print a shelf tag for only one wine, you can do that straight from the Wine Ratings Search or from your PWLs. From the list of results, click on the full wine name. That takes you to a detailed view page with more information about the wine. Click on "Generate shelf talker" to automatically create a PDF file that you can open and print.

How do I remove a custom list?
If you delete all the wines in a particular list or move them to another location, the list will automatically be eliminated from your PWL pull-down menu. You can always recreate a list with the same name at a later time, if you desire.

Can I track how many bottles I own of any wine? And can I track the value of my cellar? What about different bottle sizes?
Below any wine in your PWL, after your rating and tasting note, there is link that says "See cellar data." Click/tap it to expand a menu that allows you to enter specific data about that wine. Simply click on any value to edit it, in a box that appears on the screen. Select the check mark (√) to confirm your entry, or "x" to clear it. You may enter the purchase price (if it differs from the suggested retail price in our review), the quantity of wines you purchased, the current price (if you are aware of an increase or decrease in value not reflected by our automatic updates with the latest quarter's auction averages), the quantity remaining, date purchased, date last opened, storage location, bottle size and whatever else you'd like to track. (Note: Price data for this wine and your entire list will not update unless you enter a value for either Qty Purchased or Qty Remain.)

To see specific information about this list, go to the "Your List's Value" section at the top of the page and click/tap to expand it. You can see how many wines are tracked on the list, the total cost of those wines, the total current value of the wines, the quantity remaining from the total purchased and the gain/loss on your list. Wine prices are generated using a number of different methods—to learn more about how we calculate values for our wines, read About wine values.

How do I track the total value of my cellar, consolidated across all (or some) of my lists?

The Cellar View is an alternate way to look at wines already in your Personal Wine Lists; you can aggregate wines from different lists to track your total holdings, cost, current value or gain/loss for collectibles. Changes to any item will be reflected both here and in your PWLs.

All wines you add to a PWL are automatically included in your Cellar View; if you don't want certain wines in that list, you can remove them in two ways: 1. In Cellar View, click the "Remove from Cellar View" option. 2. In your PWL, select "See Cellar Data" and, at the bottom of that section, select "No" for Include in Cellar View, then click the check mark (√) to confirm and save that choice.

When are auction prices updated? Why is my cellar data not showing the most current auction price?

Auction prices are updated quarterly in our Auction Price Database; those updates will show up automatically in your PWL cellar data. Each time you add a new wine to your PWL, the current price field in the cellar data section will include the most recent auction data available, if any, for that collectible. (If you enter your own value in the current price field, it will override the auction data updates.)

If wines that were migrated from your My Cellar into the new PWL/Cellar View are not showing current auction prices, please go the Cellar View page and click "Update auction prices."