Able Grape Is Not Google

duvernayPardon the silly title, but with all the buzz on Bing (“Bing Is Not Google”) I just couldn’t help myself. And please, no silly questions about whether or not I’m going to change Able Grape‘s name to “Aging…”

It’s been unbelievably busy here at Able Grape central, and I’ve been quite remiss on my blogging. Hoping to get back to a more regular pace soon! In the mean time, here’s a quick update on recent changes.

This morning, I put live Able Grape’s largest — and, hopefully, best — database ever, clocking in at nearly 20 million pages of wine information from just shy of 41,000 websites. Lots and lots of new sites, and lots of improvements across the board.

Here’s a smattering of examples. Try them — they’ll open in a separate window — and compare to Google (or to Bing, for that matter) – I hope you’ll be pleased.

This is just a smattering of new stuff – there’s lots more “under the hood,” as it were. Should you find anything missing, or have suggestions, comments, or questions, as always, please let me know! I’d like to make Able Grape the best it can be.


11 Responses to “Able Grape Is Not Google”

  1. 1 Steve Holmes June 17, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Great stuff, keep up the good work.

  2. 2 ceri June 17, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I’ve always thought you were better than Google – Complimenti!
    You are always my first “go to” choice for research – keep up the great work!

  3. 3 Strappo June 17, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I quite agree with Ceri. Able Grape is far better for wine-related searches than Google.

  4. 5 Danielle June 17, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    thank god there’ll be better results for harslevelu

  5. 7 01 baccus June 18, 2009 at 8:40 am

    my experience confirms that the quality of an especialist will be always superior to any generalist.
    good job.

  6. 8 Matt June 22, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Absolutely amazing progress, and all in little over a year!

  7. 9 ablegrape June 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks, Matt! Welcome any feedback you might have, or that your users might have, from the Australian perspective…

  8. 10 Matt June 22, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I was reading your “how it all started” piece and I was surprised how similar your motive for starting Able Grape was to ours for starting BoozeMonkey here in Oz : we went to a big wine show a couple of years ago and when we left we wanted to find out ALL about Aussie wine, but while we knew the information must be out there somewhere, we quickly realised that you had to have a very clear idea WHAT you wanted to know and you also needed to have a good idea WHERE to look for it.

    So BoozeMonkey was born out of the frustration of there being no central source of information to kickstart our discovery of new wines. I suppose it’s a common way for new ventures to start though — you find a way to scratch your itch.

    One thing I can say though: if Able Grape had existed at that time, we may never have come up with the idea to set up a wine community at all.

    Ain’t fate strange?!


    [BTW – this probably isn’t the right place to ask, but do you think we could snag a place on your blogroll? There is a link to Able Grape posted on BoozeMonkey here : ]

  9. 11 giovanna July 7, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Doug, you are ever the most professional!

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