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Tastevine

Collaborative Wine Recommendation Search


Tiny
Published 02/13/2012 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
Deadpooled, not active anymore
What can you use the app for?

Tastevine is a recommendation tool and search engine for wines. According to Tastevine, what is different about them is that they recommend different wines based on what a user likes and why they like it. Factoring in ratings, link clicks or some other algorithm to determine a recommendation is faulty, particularly for wines. Instead Tastevine encourages its users to taste about 12 common, inexpensive wine varieties and indicate what they liked about each one and why. From there Tastevine can provide a more educated recommendation to its users. Tastevine also makes it possible to discover new wine-lover friends, share wine-specific media, or interact with others all while discovering new varietals and discussing what's in someone's wine cellar. Tastevine also makes it simple for users to purchase and review wines through their site by providing a BUY or REVIEW button with each wine profile.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

There is very little information about Tasteline available online. In fact the blog posts and Tweets seem to be outdated, the latest ones being back from 2009. Perhaps the site is just running on auto-pilot at this point.

What are the differences to other apps?

Tastevine is unique in that it asks users to rate a dozen wines, express how they felt about those wines and based on that it provides its recommendations. Instead of focusing on user ratings and feedback for particular wines, it truly tries to pair wine selections to its users based on a more personal approach. It uses a wine rating system in which every user is asked to taste wines from 12 selected wines of the most popular varieties and to describe and rate them. Based on that, the site provides customized recommendations and locates others who best match with the same kind of taste and preference in wine.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Tastevine seems amateurish and unprofessional in its design and approach. The fact that finding any information about Tasteline as an organization is next to impossible and that the blogs haven't been updated for years, leads this reviewer to believe that the project has been abandoned and any updates to it will be minimal and user-driven. This is pretty disappointing since the site has a fantastic premise. If only it seemed more updated and loved by its developers, then perhaps they would really be onto something here. Overall the site is designed with greens and violets, similar to a vineyard. The information shared about using the site itself is very limited. There were a couple advertisements spotted throughout the site at the bottom frame. When users click on the "BUY" link for any wine they are taken to WineZap.com, which seems to be another small operation. One may think that a partnership with Amazon or larger retailer would be better for users looking to purchase a wine recommended by Tastevine.

How does the registration process work?

To join Tastevine, a user can visit them at: http://tastevine.com/users/register. From there users enter a User ID, Password and Email Address and then they can click on the Register button. New Tastevine users are then directed to setup a new profile. One can chose to display their name, write a short biography about themselves and display their location. From there, one can search for wines, users (cutely called "taste budds"on the site), or continue on to rate the common wines so that Tastevine has a better understanding of a user's taste in wines. Users could also upload pictures or videos of themselves enjoying a glass to their Tastevine profile so that they are more engaged in this social network for oenophiles.

What does it cost to use the application?

Tastevine is completely free to use. To get the best of recommendations out of Tastevine, users are encouraged to pick up the dozen wines listed and provide feedback for them so that Tastevine can go about recommending more wines to its users. There were some ads spotted in certain places of the site too, so it appears to generate its revenue from the ads and its partnership with Winezap.com. Users would be better off visiting a local wine retailer or vineyard and getting recommendations from there based off of a tasting. Tastevine would be useful if it were updated more often, but for users who are looking for the hottest wines of 2009 or earlier, it's perfect.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Tastevine is useful for wine lovers who cannot get to a vineyard or trusted retailer to discover new varietals or for users who cannot discern the wine's description and reviews and apply that to their own tasting preferences. The concept of a wine-tasting community and advanced recommendations is great, but the execution is lacking. If Tastevine was more current and appeared to be a larger more dependable operation, then this would be an app recommended to any oenophile. Sadly, it receives only a 2 due to these concerns.

  • Tastevine can match up users to those with similar tastes
  • Users can review or purchase the wines recommended or discovered through Tastvine
  • Tastevine offfers a robust directory of wineries so users can locate vintages by winery
  • Rather large database of wines; recommended food pairings are also listed
  • ‘Personalized’ advice, supposed to simulate an in-person tasting experience


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