Yet another new database live

Well, it’s that time again — just updated the DB.

There are some 800 new sites in this database, about 5-10% bigger in terms of useful pages than its predecessor (we’re still at about 10 million pages, because we’ve cleaned out some less useful content).

There are also a number of small features and improvements. Read on if you’d like some examples!

As with the previous update, there are hundreds of extensions to the concept database. Some of them are viticultural or oenological concepts, like alcohol removal or cross-flow filtration. Many of them are producers, like Chasse-Spleen or La Tour de By. For châteaux, it’s particularly useful because then you get results for “Ch Haut-Bages-Libéral” and just “Haut-Bages-Libéral” when you type Château Haut-Bages-Libéral, and vice-versa. It’s also particularly important for producers like Lafon, whose name is a subset of Lafon Rochet and Raymond-Lafon (try Lafon on Google to see what I mean). It’s also useful in Burgundy, where lots of extended families have different members making wine, for example to help separate Domaine Leflaive from Olivier Leflaive. Eventually I’ll get our entire list of some 75,000 producers in. For the moment, if you find results where Able Grape could be doing a better job separating out related producer names, please let me know.

Another minor improvement is a tweak in the way German vintage dates are handled. We now recognize the form 2001er, meaning “from 2001.” You can see this in a query for 2001 Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck (the TBA of which from Josef Leitz was amazing, by the way… I tasted it years ago and I think the finish is still going on. No wait, I think that’s the yogurt and honey just I had for breakfast). Note also that people refer to the Berg Roseneck vineyard in different ways, and Able Grape should handle most of these.

Some things written in the state of Denmark

Thanks to a kind article from Vinavisen, we’ve had quite a few visitors from Denmark lately. In their honor, I’ve improved our coverage of wine in Denmark. (By the way, if you just type Denmark, the search engine will ask you which Denmark you mean, since there is a wine region in Western Australia also called Denmark. If you click on one of the two Denmarks, it will help Able Grape orient the results toward your needs. It isn’t perfect, since the search engine can’t always tell which Denmark a page is about, but it will make a big difference). And yes, there are quite a few producers in Denmark! To see them, you can use query filters: list producers in Denmark. Thanks to Per Knudsgaard for the help with translation and categorization. If you have corrections, or other suggestions, for good content on Danish wines, please let me know.

And in general, we rely on you, the users, to help us find content we may be missing, or to help us improve queries or areas where we may be weak. Each one of you is an expert on at least some tiny corner of the wine world, and we need your help! Please drop me an email if you have questions, suggestions, or comments.


3 Responses to “Yet another new database live”

  1. 1 bkwine March 6, 2008 at 9:02 am

    One suggestion: It could be useful to show a “date” on the search results. This would of course not always be possible but in many cases it would be useful to be able to quickly see when a page showing in the results list was created. And maybe even making it possible to sort results on date.

  2. 2 ablegrape March 6, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Yes, I definitely agree that dates would be useful, both for news/blog items and for tasting notes (where people might want to view more recent tasting notes first). This is something I’ve planned to implement. The problem is that it’s tricky. Many pages have multiple dates, and it’s difficult to tell which date is the date of interest (one could imagine displaying a range of dates for such pages). And many other pages will always put today’s date on the page regardless of when it was created, which can be misleading. I’ll bump the priority up on that a little and see what’s possible…

  3. 3 bkwine March 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Yes, I understand it’s difficult. Since there’s not necessarily much structure but lots of contents everything is tricky…

    Here’s a little thing we wrote about you the other day:

    (Scroll down a bit)

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