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Snooth User: Philip James

Gone fishin’

Posted by Philip James, Dec 31, 2008.

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone.  I have been traveling a bit seeing family and friends and in my downtime I have been thinking about 2009.  To do that it is inevitable that you dwell a little on the past.  However, it is not time to do that here.  The new year brings new resolutions and I want to state one of mine here, and I hope you all hold me to it.  Last year, my inaugural post was about resolutions and without going into too much detail, I will say that I was 50/50 in achieving the goal I set for myself - to cellar younger wines and attempt to enjoy the fruit of mature wines.

This year I want to get closer to the heart of what Snooth is all about, helping each other "find better wines."  I will say, you may not find a better wine than the one you are totally in love with, whether it is a Two Buck Chuck Chardonnay or one of Thomas Brown's Schrader Cabernets .  That is not necessarily the goal, but Snooth offers you the opportunity to expand your palate and try other wines through recommendations and user tag searches.  If you like the 'muscular' character of Schrader's 2002 To-Kalon , go on and search under ' muscular ' and you will find 790 wines or so with a similar description.

So, my goal is to offer my amateur insight through tasting notes and tags and ratings on wines. In each profile there is a trophy case that tells you how many friends you have, how involved you are on the bulletin boards and how many wines you reviewed.  In 2008, I reviewed 145 wines.  Or I should say, rated 145 wines.  Most of my ratings were just that less any note about the tasting experience. My goal may not be to rate another 145 wines but to take it a step further by writing my thoughts on the wine.  I don’t think I, or any of us, will eclipse Philip's one-million-seven-hundred-thousand wines reviewed and rated (not sure how he actually gets any work done while drinking so much), but hopefully in 2009 I will be a more integral part of Snooth's search community while continuously posting my thoughts on wine and other things related.  That being said, I'd like to hear from you as to what you would be interested in knowing more about from the winemaking side of the business.  I am no expert, just an apprentice making wines I like to drink.  So, if you have some time before you shuffle off to pop the cork on a couple of bottles of Champers tonight, drop a comment in the box below if there is anything you would like to hear first hand about the winemaking process and I will make a point to tackle those curiosities to the best of my ability in up coming posts.

To all of you, thanks for your time and attention.  I am excited to be part of this growing community and I wish us all a happy, healthy and wine drunk New Year.  Eat well.  Drink well.  And enjoy.

Dan Petroski is Assistant Winemaker at Larkmead Vineyards in Napa Valley. Dan has an MBA from New York University and worked as an Ad Exec in New York for several years, before switching it up and trading his suit for a move out west.

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Reply by Philip James, Dec 31, 2008.

This was written by Dan, not by me - my mistake!

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Reply by RachelNYC, Dec 31, 2008.

I was wondering why you were talking about yourself in 3rd person and when you became an apprentice winemaker.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Dec 31, 2008.

Dan, you know what would be fun and I am sure helpful to a lot of users? A detailed diagram/slideshow that shows a novice how wine is made. Once that's done, you can always add more details about different style and processes.

This kind of general wine knowledge doesn't really fit with what's available on Snooth so far (wines, reviews, winery pages, blog, forums, etc), but it could be a cornerstone of an expanded knowledge base... the so-called Snooth University.

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Reply by oceank8, Jan 1, 2009.

OOOHHH, good idea; I want a Snooth degree! What do you think that would get me?

Blog comment by Dan, Jan 1, 2009.

RB - good idea. I tried to accomplish a little of that with my series of Harvest posts. Maybe a second Snooth related goal this year should be to continue that series with similar photo essays during other important parts of the process - blending trials, racking, filtering, bottling, etc. And by year's end I can work with the Snooth team to consolidate the posts into said diagram/slideshow. Again, good idea.

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Reply by Philip James, Jan 1, 2009.

We're not the best qualified (except for Greg) to write such content, but if there was a body of content produced (be it via blog posts, submitted directly, or from elsewhere) a Wine 101 or Wine University would be an important feature, and we'd work hard to integrate it all across the site.

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Reply by John Andrews, Jan 1, 2009.

@Dan ... I've tried very hard to put tasting notes in to each of my reviews but where I've failed is putting tags in. So, I resolve this year to make sure I tag my reviews.

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Reply by Philip James, Jan 1, 2009.

Honda - we have an autotagger that looks through the text of your review and extracts key terms, the terms we identify are added to the popular tags. They arent given as much weight as the tags you specifically add, but at least it gets you part way there.

So the benefits of adding specific tags are:

- those tags get more weight
- if you add a tag that our autotagger doesn't know about, it will still count, but if that term was in the body of the text we'd have been unable to identify it

Philip
PS. the vancouver thing is me testing something - im still in brooklyn!


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