Ah, nothing like trying to write a bio of oneself to realize how silly and pretentious it all sounds. And here I thought a nice glass of 14-year-old Savennières would make it all come out more easily. Oops! did I spill some on my sweater? Ah no, the wet wool’s in my glass… I think I’m just going to sit here and enjoy the wine…
In a previous life, Doug Cook was VP of Web Search Engineering at a little company called Inktomi, which then became part of a big company called Yahoo!. After what can only be described as a pre-midlife crisis, he went gallivanting off to study wine professionally, and, among other things, earned his WSET Diploma. Along the way, he discovered the frustration of trying to find up-to-date, authoritative wine information on the web. Thus was born Able Grape, a search engine for trustworthy wine information. The current beta version is very much a work in progress, improving almost every week, but already indexes more than 20 million pages from 41,000 wine sites. He hopes you’ll send feedback, ideas, and comments to him (email: his first name at ablegrape.com), and kindly asks two very small favors: one, help get the word out, either by linking to us or by telling your friends and colleagues about Able Grape; and two, please register so we can keep in touch with you as we make major improvements.
Doug was most recently the Director of Search for Twitter, Inc, and in mid-2010 returned to work on Able Grape and other projects. He also occasionally writes for Wine Business Magazine and teaches the odd wine class in the San Francisco Bay Area.