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July 09, 2007

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rick gregory

Hmm I was going to mention Cellartracker... It's by far the largest enthusiast generated database of wines out there and one of my favorite features is that I can get an RSS feed of tasting notes on the wines I have in my cellar. Some of these are useless ("tasted. 89 points") BUT what most critics of user generated notes miss is that the value is not in any one note, but in the evolving picture over time of a wine.

For example, many people have opened the 1995 and 1998 Beaucastel Chat. du Pape I have... I've been able to get an impression of the wine over time from multiple people and to tell that over the last few years it's gone from not ready to just starting to open up.

Critics are fine, but they rarely revisit a wine, so this is a valuable thing to those of us who lay down bottles.

BUT - Cellartracker gave people a reason to participate - tracking of their inventory. I'm not sure how another site will do this if it doesn't similarly motivate people to make the effort of inputting a wine that is not in the database (and those WILL exist) or of reviewing wines that are there.

André Riberinho

Hi Michael,
thanks for the coverage!

I've been following your blog for a while, reading about your view on winery websites. For me the report is a valuable tool.

One of the things that I haven't explained is that wineries have a important role to play on adegga. We know that not many wineries are willing to engage in a conversation with their clients ( how can this be! ) but we giving the ones that do want, a place for them to be a part of the community actively.

Regarding the 4 points that Alder wrote I'll update the information on our view of those points with a blog post in a couple of days.

Thank you,
André

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