Sunday, October 21, 2007

Finding the best wines ever...

Some simple features on this blog will help you seek out reviews for wines that might be of special interest. It all starts with two elements: 1) tags; and 2) the search bar.

Let's start with tags. Over on the left side of the page, you'll see a list that looks something like this:

Check out the good and bad, the cheap and dear:
*
**
***
****
*****
$
$$
$$$
$$$$
$$$$$
notwine
x

These are links that will show you all the reviews that meet either a certain quality level, or a certain price point.

So, if you want to see our favorite wines ever, click on the five stars (*****). That will bring you to a selection of those rare wines that score off-the-charts, like these.

Or, to find the dirt cheap wines, click on the one dollar sign ($). That will bring you to a listing of well-reputed wines that sell for around $10 or less, like these.

You can get to good value wines by searching for a particular quality level, then scanning down the results for small numbers of dollar signs. Generally, when the number of stars exceeds the number of dollar signs, that wine is a pretty good buy, relative to other wines in its price range.

Finally, if there's a type of wine you like (say, riesling), type that grape name into the search bar at the top of the page and you'll find something like this.

Similarly, if there's some kind of taste quality you favor, like chocolate or creamy, use the search bar for those words. Or perhaps you're looking for wines that are both chocolate AND creamy in nature. Typing both words into the search bar will give you that smaller selection, like this.

With a growing number of wines now in the tasting inventory, I hope Spirit of Wine may be of increasing help in your choice of rewarding, high-value wines.

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