June 18, 2008

Snooth Manual Part I

posted by mark in Snooth, Snooth User Manual

Snooth is getting quite big now — there’s a lot of code and a lot of features to play with. Any application is bound to have a learning curve. The speed of beating that curve is a function of application usability, but also of the amount of time spent playing around. I like to think of a learning curve as more of a learning hill with a steep slope. To help you climb that learning slope, I’ll point out a few of the things you can do on Snooth, and give some helpful tips for Snoothers old and new.

1. Search for wines.
When you’re looking for prices, or want to read reviews, or want to see when to open that bottle you’ve been saving, this will be your place to start. You can be pretty flexible with your language. Whether you’re searching for a fruity merlot or a crisp Chablis, or a wine from Far Niente Winery, or you simply want a chardonnay under 20 dollars, type it in and see what you get.
Bonus: Does Snooth do something wacky with what you searched for? Send it to us! We’re always looking for ways to improve the Snooth search.

2. Review wines.
So you tried that Far Niente Chardonnay 2004? What did you think? On the detail page you can leave a review and a rating for the wine. It looks like this:


Reviewing on Snooth

It doesn’t get much simpler than my review, but the next part is where it gets interesting. Let’s say I want to buy a wine I know I really liked in the past.

3. Search your wine.

In seconds, I searched through my tasting notes for all of the chardonnays that I rated 4.5 or above. Here’s what that looks like, on the my wines page. The sidebar tools make that a snap. They look like this:


snooth my wines sidebar
4. Keep track of what you want.
If you’re like me, you’ve got wines you want to try. Snooth’s wishlist feature allows you to save those wishlisted wines for later. Here’s a step by step:a) Find the wine you want to wishlist. I’ll use the Trio Vintners Sangiovese 2006.b) Look for the +MyWines button. This button will “bookmark” the wine, putting it in your My Wines page.

Snooth not yet bookmarked
c) Click that button to bookmark the wine. A hidden section of the page will slide down, revealing more options.

Snooth bookmarked
d) Click the “Add to my Wishlist” button.

Snooth wishlisted
e) Search through your wishlist by price, any rating you’ve left, and the text. Here’s a link to my wishlisted wines under 20 dollars. The My Wines page is an incredibly powerful tool. Maybe someone will buy me something on my next birthday!There you have the Snooth basics. Now that I’ve covered those I can get into some of the other parts of the site that might not be so obvious. We’ve only scratched the surface.

by mark · June 18, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Hey no problem! Because of the great reviews on that wine it shows right now as the top result for Red under 20 on Snooth.

http://www.snooth.com/wines/Red+under+20/

I do want to give it a try!

by Philip · June 18, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Considering thats one of our most common searches that an enviable position!

by oceank8 · June 26, 2008 at 11:52 am

Nice job breaking down the basics. I look forward to hearing about the other parts I might not be familiar with. I also like that you wrote this blog for those of us that are not real computer savvy, the pictures help a lot!

by mark · June 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm

Great, I’m glad it was helpful. Next week I’ll dive a little deeper, and hopefully in the same style.

by Denise · June 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Hi – I love that you used our wine as an example for the Snooth manual. We’re glad that you want to put it on your wish list – not everyone should do the same! Buy this wine at http://www.americanwinery.com or at the winery http://www.triovintners.com Cheers, Denise, owner / winemaker

by Denise · June 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Hey! in my last post I meant to say NOW everyone should do the same..Anyway – thanks again.

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