Wine-Searcher

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Wine-Searcher
Web Search Engine
Industry Internet
Founded 1998
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand
Products Wine Information
Website www.wine-searcher.com

Wine-Searcher is a web search engine enabling users to locate the price and availability of a given wine globally, and be directed to a retail outlet selling the wine. As of July 2016, Wine-Searcher had 8.6 million wine listings from 66,680 outlets globally. The site also includes an encyclopedia of wine regions, grape varieties and wine producers.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1998 by Martin Brown, a former e-commerce manager for London wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd. In 2006, the operation was shifted from London to Auckland, in Brown's native New Zealand. The company now has a staff of roughly 50 employees including software developers, database administrators, account managers and writers.

Products and services[edit]

Wine-Searcher collects online wine lists from a range of wine stores, merchants and auction houses. A small team of wine specialists vets the listings, which are uploaded to a database. Merchants can choose to boost their own listings by paying a yearly fee to "sponsor" Wine-Searcher. These listings are available to all users, but for a small fee, an upgrade to Pro Version will return all results.

Apart from its core function as a database, Wine-Searcher also has an encyclopedia which covers 1000 grape varieties and 3500 wine regions.[1] It also provides wine news and features. In 2013, Wine-Searcher released its first mobile app, initially for iPhone and later for Android.[2]

Wine-Searcher's income derives from charging subscriberrs for "pro version" access, charging retailers to share their listings, and advertisements on the web site.[3]

Reviews[edit]

Over the years, Wine-Searcher's contribution to online wine business has been recognized by numerous sources. Notable among them are The New York Times,[4] Time,[5] Forbes magazine,[6] Seattle Times,[7] Jancis Robinson,[8] The Journal Gazette,[9] Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,[10] The Times,[11] "Bloomberg Luxury",[12][13] Los Angeles Times.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wine Regions & Appellations". Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wine-Searcher Mobile App". Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Wine Searcher". Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Asimov, Eric (11 February 2014). "Why Can't You Find That Wine?". New York Times. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Kapnick, Sharon (18 January 2007). "How to Choose the Right Wine". Time Inc. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Website Reviews – Wine-Searcher.com". Forbes. Archived from the original on 20 October 2006. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  7. ^ Gregutt, Paul (21 May 2008). "Web site helps consumers find a favorite wine". The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  8. ^ Robinson, Jancis (16 March 2002). "Comparing wine prices online – who's best". Jancis Robinson. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  9. ^ Stockman, Dan; Krista Stockman (6 October 2007). "Spread word on shipping". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  10. ^ DeSimone, Dave (11 April 2007). "Web sites offer entertaining, useful wine information". Tribune-Review Publishing Co. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  11. ^ MacQuitty, Jane (12 January 2008). "Don't believe the hype". London: Times Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  12. ^ "Pursuits – Bloomberg Business". Bloomberg. 
  13. ^ Mariani, John (15 September 2013). "Throw a Great Party with Wines Under $15". Bloomberg Luxury. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Comiskey, Patrick (12 August 2010). "Wine-searcher.com levels the wine industry playing field". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 December 2010.