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Steak and Potatoes

Posted by Philip James, Apr 3, 2007.

Last week T.I.M commented on an earlier post asking which wine would go well with Steak and Potatoes. This post will answer two questions: T.I.M's as well as how Snooth's technology provides the answer.

In yesterday's post I alluded to how Snooth will rely on what we call 'soft' or 'fuzzy' search. This means you don't have to be exact with your search terms. For example, if you mis-spell "chardonnay, its ok, the Snooth software will catch the term and correct it for you. Or, if you are looking for an oaky wine, the software understands that "buttery", "toasty", "vanilla" etc. are all words associated with a heavily oaked wine. We'll also catch plurals, slang, foreign characters and synonyms.

This is all to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for, and to make sure we return accurate results.

Take the specific example: Steak and Potatoes. For steak, the engine will also return matches for "t-bone", "sirloin" as well as other cuts of beef. Results for beef won't get ranked as highly, however, as not all beef dishes are steak. The "and" doesn't mean anything here, so will be ignored. Finally the word potatoes (plural) will get matched to "potato" as well as the frequent mis-spelling "potatoe" and slang terms such as "mash" (for mashed potatoes).

The top result? Two Hands Shiraz Angel's Share 2003. Available here in the 2005 vintage. A big, fruity, rich wine with hints of chocolate and spice - a perfect match if you like Syrah (I'll cover how the site deals with an individuals taste profile in a later post).


Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 3, 2007.

sounds good, but i'm a vegetarian. how about a cabernet that goes with tofu steak and potatoes?

Blog comment by T.I.M, Apr 3, 2007.

That's all well and good, but what I actually meant was a Burger and Fries. I didnt want to sound uncouth, so I just spiced it up a little. What suggestions do you have for us cavemen who love wine ?

And also my cave-wife ? She is vegetarian ( like Mark ) who likes Burito's and salsa with her wine.

Blog comment by Sunghee Hong, Apr 3, 2007.

Well, thankfully, no animals were hurt in making wine, so I think we can all drink and be merry in good conscience!

Blog comment by T.I.M, Apr 4, 2007.

I see that some of my antagonistic comments were purged from my previous post, but it may be for the better. The moderator intuitively saw an impending conflict between my self and Mark, which is why I like this blog.

And the merry Mr. Hong also make some good points in his quip about the animals. I believe that the 4 of us should go out and get trashed (on wine of course) this Friday night.

What wine is best for getting trashed ? We need to really test your Engine's algorithms.

As for the Shiraz Angel’s Share 2003, I'm not too big on fruity wines. maybe your Engine can throw out a top 5 list ? With some charactics and price range.

Reply by amour, Jan 19, 2010.


and you???

Reply by zufrieden, Jan 19, 2010.

I can't help wondering what wine you (or the fuzzy search) would suggest as ideal for (Shirley Valentine) chip and egg? NV Champagne? Pinot Blanc? :-)

But seriously, for Steak and Potato (depending on how spiced the potato) I think the original pairing from the search engine sounds perfect. Potatoes are pretty bland and do not appear to be injured even by the best wines, in my experience.

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