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Snooth User: Chris Carpita

A new, powerful tool to clean up the wine information on Snooth

Posted by Chris Carpita, Jan 11, 2013.

Hey Snooth Gang,

I wanted to share something that GDP and I have been pouring a lot of time into, and we think it's something that can make Snooth much more useful as a wine resource for everyone who uses the site.

It's easiest to explain with a screenshot:


There are some wine searches that you do on Snooth that should always uniquely identify a wine.  Unfortunately, due to the way we get our data, which is a nearly 50/50 mixture of merchant feeds and crawled price data, sometimes we end up with a mess of info, especially on popular wines that appear in a lot of price feeds with slightly different names.   To stem the tide, we developed a simple tool that aggregates everything together, making it easier to see *all* of the prices and reviews on a wine, and to keep them aggregated in the future.

If you happen to be searching for something in particular, and all of the wines are the same, there's a simple thing that you can do: Click the "merge them" link at the top of the page, and Gregory Dal Piaz and myself will personally review it, and we'll make sure that those wines are properly aggregated.

Internally we call them "merge rules", and when you put all of them together it makes up something I like to call the "WINE Intelligence Network Engine", or WINE. Yes that's a recursive algorithm, and sorry I can't help myself.  Merge rules are double-approved, and we will have mechanisms in place to un-dedupe wines as well, so there's not much of a risk in giving it a try.  

All you have to do is click "merge them."



Reply by EMark, Jan 11, 2013.

That looks good, Chris.  Let's try it out.

Reply by Mike Madaio, Jan 11, 2013.


Reply by Lucha Vino, Jan 12, 2013.

I will take a look at this feature.  It sounds way easier then the previous feature for merging duplicates.

Reply by amour, Jan 13, 2013.

Good Luck...and THANK YOU!

Reply by Erica Landin, Jan 13, 2013.

I'm with Mike - Hallelujah!!!

Reply by ApelsecS, Jan 15, 2013.

good job!

Reply by zufrieden, Jan 25, 2013.

We keep trying.

Reply by duncan 906, Feb 6, 2013.

I have just written a review for the last bottle of wine I drank,the 2008 Chateau du Cedre Cahors.This producer does several different wines.On the page there is a picture at the top which is not the wine I had and another picture at the bottom which is.Is it possible for me to remove the incorrect picture? 

Reply by amour, Feb 6, 2013.

Thanks for that Cahors, DUNCAN 906!

I always buy Clos La Coutale....and tried  Ch de Mercues and a few others as well; your suggestion is welcome!

Reply by Chris Carpita, Feb 6, 2013.

Yes Duncan, you are a moderator so you can do this!   See the screenshot below.  As you roll over each photo, a couple of links appear that let you delete an incorrect photo posted to the wrong wine (we do roll together photos for different vintages since they are often very similar).  Also you can set the main photo of the wine to something different.

At the top of the page on the main photo, there's a rollover link to add a new photo if you have one to upload.


Reply by duncan 906, Feb 7, 2013.

I dragged my cursor over the image and a little grey box appeared that says 'add an image' but nothing about deleting it.I would like to delete it and replace it with the one at the bottom of the page

Reply by Chris Carpita, Feb 7, 2013.

Hi Duncan.  The option to set a different main image appears when you hover over the image at the bottom of your page with your mouse.   Do the links "Remove" and "Set as Main" show up, as the screenshot demonstrates?   You'll have to be logged in for them to appear.

Reply by duncan 906, Feb 8, 2013.

I was logged in but it did not work for me but then I am not very good with computors

Reply by EMark, Mar 21, 2013.


I am resurecting this conversation, because I would like some instruction.  It is not clear to me how to advise you that multiple entries can be merged.  Let's say I do a search on Acme Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and five possible hits are returned.  For argument sake let's say that the first two are duplicate entries for the wine that I am searching for.  The other three are wines from Double Acme winery and are not what I am seeking.  How do I advise you to merge only two of the five that are displayed?

Reply by duncan 906, May 6, 2013.

Is it not possible to ask the author of a review before operating a merger?I have noticed that somebody on here is very fond of the phrase 'red bordeaux blend' which now appears in the title of many wines from that region on this site although it does not actually appear on any bottle.When we add a wine to the site we are asked for the full bottle label? Five of my wine reviews now have this phrase in their titles when I did not put it there,Chateau de Pitray and Chateau Roche Lideyre from the Cotes de Castillon,Chateau Dillon from the Haut-Medoc,Chateau de Panigon from the Medoc and Chatea Bousquet from the Cotes de Bourg.I have also written a review for Louis Latour Pinot Noir Bourgogne which now has the word 'Pommard 'in the title although the text makes it clear that this is the basic Burgundy.I wrote a review for E.Guigal's Cotes du Rhone but that is now under the title 'red Rhone Blend Gigondas' although again the text makes it clear this is the basic Cotes du Rhone

Reply by Chris Carpita, May 7, 2013.

@Emark - if you expand the search options, there's an area called "Doesn't have the words" that can be used to exclude wines from the search listings.  In many cases this can be used to carve out a set of duplicate wines to be automatically merged.   You can also click the "merge" link in the lower right of the wine listing, and then click on the master wine to merge it in.

@Duncan - it sounds like there might be some incorrect merging here - I've notified GDP to take a look at this thread, because he looks at all the rules.

Reply by duncan 906, Jun 13, 2013.

Dear Chris,

                    I have recently submitted a review for Chateau Senejac Haut-Medoc and discovered that there are numerous entries on Snooth under this heading.There is only one wine but several bottle sizes and vintages.I clicked on the 'merge' but nothing happened.I would like to merge them under the title 'Chateau Senejac Haut-Medoc'.Some of the other titles say 'Bordeaux Blend',a phrase that does not appear on the label


Regards Duncan

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