Able Grape Turns One!

birthdaycakeThis is a short post for a momentous occasion, but I’ve been so busy working on the new version of Able Grape that I almost forgot: on January 28th, Able Grape turned one year old! (That’s not counting the three year gestation period prior to launch, of course…) I wanted to thank all of you for your incredible support during the past year. It’s been quite an adventure.

On a separate note, some of you may have noticed that I’ve been quiet for the last few weeks, and database refreshes have been delayed a bit. This is because I’m hard at work on new infrastructure to handle the incredible growth Able Grape has been seeing. Early tests have been going well, and I hope to crank up the new system to full scale as soon as I finish testing. The new database should come in at about 17 million documents, with 40,000 sites worth of trustworthy wine information. Thanks for your patience, the new database is going to rock! And when it’s up and running, it’ll be time for a proper birthday party. Looking forward to bringing lots of great things your way in this, Able Grape’s second year!

(P.S. that photo isn’t just a stock image, it’s a mille crêpe cake a friend and i baked recently for another friend’s birthday; 20 layers of crêpes (well, almost; we ran out of batter) with pastry cream in between, and a brûlée top. A “mattone,” as the Italians would say, but oh, so good. And so much fun with a kitchen flamethrower making it)

16 Responses to “Able Grape Turns One!”


  1. 1 Beda February 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Congrats, Doug!! This is a great tool for us enjoying, studying and working with wine!

  2. 2 Jill February 4, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    happy birthday doug (or, rather, doug’s great site)!

    • 3 ablegrape February 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks, Beda and Jill! It’s been a lot of fun. One of the best things is that I’ve met great people from near (e.g. LA) to far (e.g. Brazil) who share a passion for wine. I’m excited about all the things planned for the coming year, and thank you so much for your support!

  3. 4 ChrisO February 4, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Happy B-Day ablegrape!!!!!

    This continues to be such an awesome resource!

  4. 5 vittorio February 4, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Tanti auguri di Buon Compleanno! Able Grape è una grande realtà per gli amanti del vino.

  5. 6 Andre Ribeirinho February 5, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Parabéns! Congratulations on the hard work and great product!

    André

  6. 7 giovanna February 6, 2009 at 12:57 am

    anche se un po’ in ritardo… infiniti auguri ad un grande amico Grande! Ti aspettiamo per festeggiare al più presto il tuo immenso lavoro che cresce a vista d’occhio.
    un 2009 meraviglioso è cominciato… vai avanti!
    Giovanna

  7. 8 ablegrape February 6, 2009 at 2:54 am

    ChrisO, Vittorio, Andre, Giovanna,

    Thanks so much for the great wishes, and more importantly, thanks for your support in so many ways! I really appreciate it.

    Giovanna e Vittorio, non vedo l’ora in cui tornare in Italia per festeggiare nel modo giusto! Fra poco, spero…

  8. 9 Thomas February 6, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Doug!!
    I know I’m late, but a heartly congratulation also from me!!
    Can someone imagine internet without able grape?
    I’m not

  9. 11 Thomas February 6, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Yeaaaah!!
    Let me know if you need help for this!!
    I’m sure there might be a few german winebloggers which would love to help if needed!

  10. 12 Francisco February 7, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Belated but hearty congratulations! Here’s to much, much more.

  11. 14 el jefe February 8, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Belated Natal Tidings! Looking forward to the new update!

  12. 15 David February 24, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Congrats sir! Let’s celebrate!

  13. 16 Winogrona May 19, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    hehe I wanna try it!
    Has to be nice thou…


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