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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Weekly Wrap-up: Chocolate Wine, How To Use The Wine Ranking Database and More (July 15, 2012)

Welcome to another weekly wrap-up! We reviewed lots of delicious wine this week including our most recent Bulk Buy on a perennial under $10 favorite, the Evodia Old Vines Garnacha. The previous vintage of this wine saw lots of time on our Top 10 lists and I would expect the same here. Speaking of Top 10 lists, watch for a new edition of the Top 10 Red Wines this week!

Before we go on to the Deals and Discussions, I'd like to take a minute to give some more info on how to best use The Reverse Wine Snob Wine Ranking database:

The Reverse Wine Snob Wine Ranking Database

The Wine Ranking database contains all of the wines I've reviewed along with their score and links to the reviews themselves. Clicking on the names of any of the columns will allow you to sort and filter. So for example, say you want a list of my top rated Malbecs. Simply hover over "Variety", click on the red menu button that appears, and filter based on Malbec:


You can then sort the resulting dataset by any of the columns to further refine your results.

A few other important features to note. To search within the database, click the magnifying glass at the top left:

The Reverse Wine Snob Wine Ranking Database - Search

On the top right, under the red "Menu" button, you'll find the option to share and next to it the option to view the dataset full-screen:

The Reverse Wine Snob Wine Ranking Database - Share

This is an important option to note! Once you go into full-screen mode you'll be able to save any views that you create for future reference. So if you created a list of the highest rated Malbecs, you can save it and then come back at any time and see an up-to-date list.

To see the customized views you've created, to download, discuss, embed or print simply click on the Red "Menu" button at the top right:

The Reverse Wine Snob Wine Ranking Database - Menu

Clicking on "More Views" will allow you to see not only your own saved views, but also a number that I and others have created. So go give it a try! I typically add the newest reviews to the database once or twice a week. All of this is run through the excellent Socrata Social Data Player.

This Week's Discussions on The Reverse Wine Snob Facebook page:
The big discussion this week was all about Chocolate Wine. And I'm not talking about red wine with just a slight taste of chocolate, but full-on, looks like Yoo-Hoo chocolate wine. This was quite the polarizing topic, it seems you either love it or hate it. It took me awhile to muster up the courage to give it a try, but I did. Which camp did I fall into? You'll have to check out The Reverse Wine Snob Facebook page to find out! And give the page a like while your there to see future discussions in your stream.

This Week's Most Popular Posts:
  1. Tilia Bonarda 2010 - Argentina's Other Red Grape
  2. Evodia Old Vines Garnacha 2010 - A Simply Superb Bulk Buy!
  3. Lucien Albrecht Reserve Riesling 2009 - In Perfect Harmony
And that's it for this week. Cheers!

Click through to the individual wines to find the full reviews including a link with local retailers who carry each wine.

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