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Snooth User: Mark Angelillo

The Most Popular Wine Words Contest

Posted by Mark Angelillo, Apr 9, 2008.

We're data heads here at Snooth. I don't expect everyone would get jacked on this, but maybe some of you would find it interesting...

I recently compiled a list of the most frequently used wine words from the names of wines in our database. Of course this will change over time. Does anyone have any ideas as to what words are up top of that list? For reference, the most popular word appears 97,439 times!

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Reply by Philip James, Apr 9, 2008.

If only i hadnt already seen the list. I think it would be a challenge to guess some words that only appeared once as well (i didnt look at that), but there are some unique brand names that are only used once that might qualify.

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Reply by oceank8, Apr 9, 2008.

I guess I'm not a data head because I don't totally get this. Most common words from the NAMES of wines. Like the winery name or type of wine? If I am thinking correctly, I vote Syrah (or should I say Shiraz), or maybe more generic and the word red?

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Reply by Philip James, Apr 10, 2008.

Good choices - anyone else? Honda and RBoulanger - you guys are in the trade - care to guess?

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Apr 10, 2008.

So these are words in the NAMES of the wines and not tags or anything (juicy)???

That being said, I think grape names and the classic European estate words would predominate.
I think that Sauvignon (both red and white) is going to be the top word followed by Cabernet (both), Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot and the Syrah way behind in the grape names. For estate words, i'd expect Chateau, Domaine, Bodega(s), Azienda, Tenuta, Poggio, Fattoria, Mas, Clos will all be popular.

Can't forget the classic New World words: ridge, creek, peak, etc, nor the trio of Reserve, Riserva, and Reserva which, if combined, must be very, very popular.

I'll put my money on Reserve and Sauvignon making the top 5.

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Reply by Philip James, Apr 10, 2008.

OK, i guess Mark or I didnt explain this well, as you all keep saying NAMEs in all caps. Wine names = the name we are given for the wines when they are entered into the database. This is how the store would refer to it. Usually it contains the winery name, varietal, region and any other words on the label. Thats ideally, in reality what we are given may include abbreviations or may omit parts of wine names, and of course in regions where the varietal isnt on the label its rarely in the name we're given...

I would have gone for 'reserve' as my #1 pick.

RBoulanger is currently leading, but I'll leave it to Mark to spill the beans when he's ready.

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 10, 2008.

Thanks for the clarification, Philip. That's right. The list is generated from all of the wine names we have -- the wine name being the text of the link you click on to see the product page on Snooth.

@RBoulanger -- We'll do tags next.

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 10, 2008.

Side note: The title of this topic makes sense in two readings. Is it the "Most Popular Wine Words" contest? Or is this the most popular "Wine Words Contest". You decide!

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Apr 10, 2008.

Mark - hate to be a stickler, but it could also be the most popular wine "Words Contest"

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 11, 2008.

Ha. I suppose you're right.

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Reply by Philip James, Apr 11, 2008.

ok, now i'm getting confused - i say we see if anyone else chips in today, else mark can start dishing out the answers. We analyzed (well a server did the work actually) over 1 million wine records to come up with the counts

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 14, 2008.

Kudos to RBoulanger! The most popular word coming from wine names is "Sauvignon". That's of course helped by the two major varietals that include that word. Cabernet and Blanc both show up in the top 10. Cabernet is the second, nosing in at just over 83 thousand instances. (Also appears in two major varietals.)

Common winery and estate words are also in the top 10 or 15 -- Chateau, Domaine, Estate, Vineyards, Cellars.

Reserve shows up just shy of 36 thousand times. Reserva just over 9 thousand. And Riserva 8.5k. Even combined they cannot match the might of Sauvignon.

Cru, Clos, Cuvee score pretty highly. And so do the region modifier words like Ridge, Creek, Valley, and Hill.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Apr 14, 2008.

I will be by shortly to pick up my trophy.


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