The beta release of Able Grape, a search engine for wine information, went live on Monday night. Able Grape aims to be the world’s most comprehensive, up-to-date, and authoritative source for online wine information. Able Grape is a little different than your usual search engine, with numerous wine-specific features and a few twists to help you find things faster.
Able Grape is the inspiration of Doug Cook, a former search executive at Inktomi and Yahoo and began a couple of years ago whilst he was studying for the WSET Diploma qualification, and realized just how difficult it can be to find up-to-date, trustworthy wine information on the web. He found himself digging through a lot of commercial, introductory, or out-of-date content to find a few nuggets of good information. So he decided to make a web site sharing the sites he’d found with others. But soon enough, serious obsession set in, and the modest bookmark list grew into a full-blown search engine with more than 32,000 sites and some 10 million pages.
The guiding philosophy has always been the same: build the tool that we ourselves would want to use for wine research and learning.