Top searches of 2009

The Best of the Snooth Searches 2009


Every year all the major wine publications announce their top wines of the year. I’ll be doing much the same with next Tuesday’s email but I wanted to do something a little different first.

So today we’ll take a look at the Snooth users top wines of 2009. How are we going to do this? Glad you asked.  I’ve compiled a few fun lists so we can take a look at the top searches for regions, grape varieties, wineries, specific wines, and for the heck of it most viewed articles.

Before we begin let me thank you all for making Snooth the world’s largest wine site this year.  With your help, and a lot of hard work, 2010 will be even better. It’s going to be a fun year, and I can't wait to see how our lists evolve over time.

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2007 Castello del Poggio Moscato d'Asti
With almost 200 reviews this is our hands down, most searched for wine of the year! The Olive Garden’s house sparkler elicits remarks like “OMG my hubby n I bought a bottle @ Olive Garden to drink @ dinner with friends, it is amazing. My new favorite ever!!!” With Olice Garden serving this it's no surprise half the country is searching for it! Sort of Like Santana's sparkling wine (Wine #4), which elicits, shall we say, more adult content. See the top searched wines of the year.

How to speak wine and "Really" taste wine
Our most viewed article of the year “How to speak wine and "Really" taste wine” began a several week series looking at some of the basics of wine making and wine appreciation. Not too many funny comments to report on, most were along the lines of “Greg this is great All very well finding that you enjoy some wines & and dislike others, but makes a big difference when you get to know why you appreciate some wines more than others” See the top ten viewed articles of the year.

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  • Snooth User: dmcker
    Hand of Snooth
    125836 4,989

    An interesting and eclectic mix of searches, with several potential uses. Would be interesting to see numbers (of searches) attached to each...

    Jan 01, 2010 at 3:54 PM

  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    92549 198,229

    I'm really happy to see my Goulash article up there.

    I'm surprised by the 2004 Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato on the top searches. Don't get me wrong, it's a great Barolo but I can thing of a number of other bottles that you would think people would search for. It just doesn't come off to me as a popular bottle.

    Jan 01, 2010 at 4:21 PM

  • Snooth User: dmcker
    Hand of Snooth
    125836 4,989

    Congrats, Eric, on more than just the Goulash recipe making the list.

    I'm not as surprised by the Pio Cesare making the list as you are. They seem to be doing something right in their distribution to liquor stores, in North America and elsewhere. I've talked with GregDP about the fact that the Barolos I've had the most bottles of are the Gaja Sperss and the Pio Cesare, basically because the Pio Cesare was in a couple of excellent liquor stores in Tokyo which I often frequent, and bottles from those producers you and Greg have commented on as liking best were nowhere to be seen. So over the past two decades the Barolos that have been easiest to find for me, in dozens of countries, have been the Pio Cesare in liquor stores, and the Sperss in fine restaurants. Pio Cesare has been the Barolo I have drunk the most of during that period, and has become the nebiollo appearing at my dinner table most regularly, though plenty of other 'guest stars' have also been consumed. :-)

    Jan 01, 2010 at 6:31 PM

  • Snooth User: lolalola
    227779 1

    Your top ten list brought something to mind.....have you every polled your Snooth users for their top ten wine preferences and compiled results to pusblish to the Snooth community?
    Thank you for all the information you provide!

    Jan 02, 2010 at 9:19 AM

  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    92549 198,229

    dmcker - maybe it's just the difference between the States and outside of the States. I see the base Barolo all the time at wine shops but the, single vineyard Ornato, I don't think I've ever seen that outside of specialty shops.

    Jan 02, 2010 at 10:43 PM

  • Snooth User: dmcker
    Hand of Snooth
    125836 4,989

    Eric, usually three or more different Pio Cesare offerings at those shops I mentioned, any time I visit. Unfortunately the nearer of the shops has just closed (after a couple of generations in that business--liquor sales in Japan has been going through enough transitions the last decade or so that this is not an uncommon occurrence, at all), so I'll have to find new sources. Just went to PC's 'website', and that's certainly no answer. But then if I'm ordering from Italy, anyway, PC will have to sit further back in the bus....

    And lolalola, how about top five for each varietal or region? Top 10 of all wines would be a horrible butchery of a selection for me, and not at all how I buy wines, anyway.

    Jan 04, 2010 at 9:22 PM

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