Finding Wines in the Database

Your wine database will contain about 3,500 wines for each year's electronic issues of The Wine Advocate. Each wine represents a particular vintage so that, in many cases, the database contains the form1.gif - 6.6 K Each of these is treated as a separate wine since the tasting notes, your inventory information, and pricing data all apply to wines at the level of the particular vintage.

Finding the wine of interest in such a large database can be intimidating. Wine Technologies has made it simple even for the computer novice. As shown to the right, you can type any number of "Keywords" which need not be completely spelled. Here, for example, we have typed Clinet 1990. The computer will search the seven keyword fields (producer, label name, variety, vintage year, country, region and location) and find all matches -- in seconds.

This particular query might find the three wines shown below (or others, depending on the wines in your database). Note that the computer "understands" that by typing 1990 we mean the vintage year. The word Clinet is found, whether the producer name begins with it or not.

Searching is fast. The software creates a word-by-word index much like the search engines on the web (Yahoo, Alta Vista, etc.). Should you add wines yourself or purchase additional years of The Wine Advocate in electronic form, this index is automatically updated.

Optionally, you can also create an index for the tasting notes. For example, you can easily find all Bordeaux wines that Robert Parker described using the words "smoke" and "chocolate". The 1990 l'Eglise Clinet - the middle wine in the table below - is an example of one.

Alasdair L, A Customer Since Version 1.0

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